|Plot Summary of The Secret Masters|
|"Narrator Albert Kemp, the successful author of thriller novels, and his old friend George Oaks, a war hero (First World War) and journalist, stumble on a drastic plot by wealthy and powerful British lords and scientists to alter the planet. The plotters, who call themselves Sciocrats and propose to rule the world via "unadulterated Reason," have hired an insane but brilliant physicist to design nuclear devices that will enable them to melt the polar icecaps and drown most of the world's civilized populations, leaving them in control. Kemp and Oaks race to foil the plan. Kersh's 1953 thriller is smart and witty (the protagonists lightly quote Shakespeare, Poe, Housman, Donne and others as they discuss the matter), but ends on a somewhat weak and abrupt note."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Secret Masters|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
Time/era of story:
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
- preventing bomb/biohazard/disaster
Who's the terrorist enemy here?
- evil subgroup in own govt
Search for technology?
- special bomb
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- a little
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a little/some
Motive of antagonist
The antagonists are:
- big business leader(s)
The Americas (not US):
- scientific labs
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How many deaths?
A lot of techno jargon?
Kind of jargon?
Unusual forms of death
- dropped from large heights
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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