|Plot Summary of The Cardinal of the Kremlin|
|"The United States has a highly placed spy in the Russian Government and must try to beat the KGB to him. His codename is CARDINAL. It is during the peace talks of the Cold War, and as the raveling plot unfolds, you'll see that there is more to the story than rescuing an agent."
Anthony Selbe, Resident Scholar
|"As the Soviets invade Afghanistan, they begin work on a laser-based defense system. Meanwhile, a top aide to the Union's Defense Minister is leaking secrets to the United States. If the Soviets are successful, they will throw the world back into the chaos of the Cold War...But this man has seen the horrors of war, and will betray his own country to keep the world at peace, even at the cost of his life...A spy thriller..."
Jacob Hurt, Resident Scholar
|"CIA employee Jack Ryan becomes involved in a race to rescue a long time undercover spy located in Moscow code named Cardinal.As Cardinal loses his cover and is captured and interrogated, Ryan developes an intricate plan to not only rescue Cardinal, but also to affect the defection to the West of the head of KGB to save the current Soviet government. Included are vivid descriptions of Afghan rebel attacks against Soviet Star War sites."
John Juergens, Resident Scholar
|"In The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Jack Ryan has to save a CIA intelligence source in Russia, and in the process he forces the Director of the KGB to defect. Also, there is a parallel plot about the development of American and Russian laser-based Anti-Ballistic Missle systems, and the espionage that surrounds their development. "
Matt Line, Resident Scholar
|"Russia and America are developing new satellites and will do anything to get the others secrets."
Matt Parker, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Cardinal of the Kremlin|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
- main char. spying/sabotage
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Search for technology?
- special war tech.
How much violence does he/she use?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
Motive of antagonist
The antagonists are:
- The 'stans
- fort/military installation
- scientific labs
Part of a series?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey references to torture
How many deaths?
- 8 or more
A lot of techno jargon?
Kind of jargon?
- military technology
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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