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Reluctant arms dealer Mike Keats, working out of Hong Kong for Hungarian born business partner, Joe Rakosi, finds himself entangled in a disguised web of deceit, lies and corruption, when he is offered a deal to buy arms for Hungarian interests.
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The deal takes him to Mozambique and Vietnam where he is leading a team to bring up a gold cache sunk in wartime Vietnam. To his shock the "gold story " turns out to be a wider Russian plot to use a bio-weapon against the Mujahedeen in Afganistan, by a corrupt criminal clique involving Russian big-shots and an equally corrupt Vietnam crooked official. Mike has to rush against time to save the Mujahedeen before the weapon is unwittingly unleashed in their midst.
The plot explodes in a furious twist when it turns out that the bio-weapon was actually actually made in the US for use against the Vietnamese army during the war. Time is against Mike as he and some CIA agents have to intercept the weapon before it is used by the Russians.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very upbeat Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's 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?    -   commies! Search for technology?    -   bioweapon/cure

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Russia    -   Southeast Asia Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Black Africa

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   military technology Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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