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Dennis Jones.

Toronto, General Publishing, c1983.
309pp, cloth, $19.95.
ISBN 7736-0116-3.

Grades 11 and up.
Reviewed by Ted Monkhouse.

Volume 12 Number 1
1984 January

It happened so matter-of-factly, without emotion, coldly and deliberately. Syria used a nuclear warhead to drive Israel back from the Golan. There was retaliation. The latest Kremlin leader supplied more warheads in a less roundabout way than the first one from Pakistan. War-game scenarios on an American master computer named this anticipated action Rubicon. All counter-moves by the West were dictated by their ultimate war-game scenario, as the Americans moved themselves into a first-strike posture. Underneath it, they are co-operating with Soviet military intelligence to overthrow the KGB and the latest government leader. Both sides abuse the trust placed in the other.

Locales and scenarios are our daily news. The horror of it all is left up to readers, who are taken through a series of emotionlessly described situations. Characterization is also largely left to them to formulate from the scenes and events. Action is swift and merciless. Time races.

For the reader who looks for dialogue while thumbing through a book, preferring minimal description, this novel is a good bet. But, if readers do not immerse themselves they could miss much of the impact of author Jones's statements. It deserves an uninterrupted read. Recommended for those who enjoy political thrillers.

Ted Monkhouse, Wellington County Board of Education, Guelph, ON.
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