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With the Free World's supply of oil drying up, the West must turn to the Middle East for its needs. John Cormack, president of the United States, and Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the CPSU, believe a mutual reduction in arms expenditure will free the resources that they need to buy their oil. But billionaire Texas oil tycoon Cyrus V. Miller and Soviet Marshal Ivan Koslov are planning an invasion of the Middle East to grab the oil rather than concede to the Arabs. Together they plot to oust Cormack and destroy the Nantucket arms treaty.
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The kidnapping of a young man attending Oxford University in England is the first step in this plan. Veteran hostage negotiator Quinn is asked to come out of retirment in Spain and bargain for the boy's life. While an ambitious senator campaigns against the Nantucket treaty and vice-president Michael Odell seeks to handle the crisis, Quinn and an attrractive FBI agent named Sam Somerville attempt to reason with the kidnappers, unaware that a ransom is not their objective.

This is, in my opinion, Frederick Forsyth's best novel. Forsyth takes the typical high-concept Hollywood premise of a high-profile kidnapping and then spins the story in unexpected directions. It contains all the usual ingredients of political conspiracy, espionage and special forces action. The story has the widest scope of any of his novels, moving from Washington D.C. to London, from the cities of Europe to the snowy landscape of Canada, and though the story takes place in the early nineties, its as relevant today as it was prophetic then. A guarenteed unputdownable page-turner.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   kidnap/rescue Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   evil corporation/billionaire Search for technology?    -   power source

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   Washington D.C.

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   military technology Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   perforation--bullets    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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