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Jones, Dennis.

Toronto, Stoddart, c1984. 327pp. cloth, $18.95, ISBN 0-7737-2031-6. CIP

Grades 11 and up
Reviewed by Jerry McDonnell

Volume 13 Number 1
1985 January

Many spy thrillers deal with the possibility of open conflict between the U.S.S.R. and the west, but this one involves internal conflict within the Soviet Union. Andrei Mikhailov, the focus of our sympathy in the novel, begins to spy for the Americans because he can no longer accept what his country's leaders are doing in Afghanistan and at home. Before long, his uncle becomes leader of the country and takes a position of moderate reform.

Andrei wishes to cease spying, but the Americans will not release their grip on him. Matters become complicated when the KGB begins a civil war in an attempt to overthrow the new leader. Ironically, the information Andrei has given to the west and its use by the Americans contributes to Andrei's decision to defend his country and its legitimate leaders.

This is a fast-paced book by the author of Rubicon One.* A good story line and the main character win our sympathy, in spite of double-dealing and the harm done to the true reformers in the Kremlin. It should be popular as leisure reading for adults and senior high-school students. The moral/ethical dilemma is nicely presented and does not interfere with the pace of the story. Recommended for. purchase.

Jerry McDonnell, F.E, Madill S.S., Wingham, Ont.

*Reviewed vol. XII/l January 1984p.14.

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