The Little Drummer Girl Book Summary and Study Guide

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The story opens in an affluent Bad Godesberg a suburb of Bonn, in Germany, with an explosion that tears apart an Israeli diplomat's house. Thinly disguised as investigators a small group from the Mosad, led by Kurtz, quickly discovers that it is the work of a Palestinian terrorist organization. They know the bomb manufacturer, whose handiwork has wreaked havoc in several other incidents. Marty sets up a plan to capture the perpetrator.
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Charlie is a pretty and innocent young English actress. She becomes the unwitting assistant of the Mosad plan. What seems at face value a love affair with a mysterious man named Joseph is in fact a way of creating a history for Charlie as a way of inserting her into the terrorist organization.

In a strange odyssey moving from England through Germany, and eventually Greece, Charlie is persuaded to help the Mosad capture the bomber. Charlie is the consummate actress, but even she has problems separating Mosad fiction, from terrorist reality.

Her most difficult role comes when she must become one of the terrorists and spend time in a Palestinian training camp. The Mosad are worried, have they gone too far, has Charlie joined the enemy. Tensions reach a fever pitch when Charlie is invited to take part in a terrorist action.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 40% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   preventing bomb/biohazard/disaster Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   arabs and/or muslims

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   actor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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