|Plot Summary of Von Ryan's Express|
|"When American Captain Ryan arrives at P.O.W. camp P.G. 202 in Italy, he is shocked by the way the soldiers there behave. As SAO (senior American Officer), he quickly puts a stop to disorder, and becomes the most hated man in the camp. Called Von Ryan (they say he acts more German than American), the Captain runs the camp with an iron hand, terrifying P.O.W.'s and Italians alike. When Italy surrenders three days later, the Germans capture the camp, and load everyone on a train to Germany. Ryan weighs the options and decides that the only method of escape would be to take over the train by killing every German guard and replacing him with a British or American soldier in German uniform, and then diverting the train to Switzerland."
Liba, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Von Ryan's Express|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 40%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
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:
- WW II
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Escape/rescue behind enemy lines?
- pilot, airforce
How much violence does he/she use?
- just the right amount
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- bulging muscles
- an organization
- moving train
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How many deaths?
- 8 or more
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog