William P. Kennedy Toy Soldiers

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Toy Soldiers

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Kennedy's (The Maskado Lesson) third novel turns on an interesting premise: suppose a terrorist, a cross between Abu Nidal and Yasser Arafat, took over an American boys school in Italy, forcing the politically and industrially powerful fathers to pressure the U.S. government into acceding to his demands. Hoping to achieve U.S. impotence in the Middle East and the Mediterranean, the ambitious and charismatic Sharif wants, at the same time, to elevate himself to an exalted role among his fellow Arabs. A Delta force team decides it cannot storm the fortress-like school without killing most of their men and the hostages in the process. Amid a group of fairly familiar characters, Kennedy has introduced an interestingly drawn 15-year-old, Billy Tepper, a prankster with a swift and wide-ranging intellect, able, like TV's MacGyver, to transform everyday items into functional tools of another sort. With his lieutenant, Gamel, in charge of the hostage situation, Sharif seems bound to win. But Gamel is out of control. He kills one of the boys and dumps his body outside, Billy begins to sabotage the terrorists' equipment, mistakenly believing a rescue is imminent, and Sharif's plan starts to unravel. Fast paced, highly readable, if somewhat predictable, Kennedy's scenario will entertain thriller buffs.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

YA What if the military might of the U.S. could be neutralized by taking hostages so precious that their lives could not be risked? American students at a private school in Europe, the sons of the political and commercial establishment, become the targets of an Arab strongman. The strategy is so effective that Americans from the President down to commandos realize that military action would bring certain death. Escape, if possible, must originate from within. Young adult readers should be pleased to find that the hero is a practical-joke-playing student who is a mechanical and computer whiz. With communication only tenuous and with coordination almost impossible, both hostages and would-be rescuers must rely on his ability to hatch a plot right under his captors' noses. With military force unusable and with a national policy of no accomodation with terrorists appearing increasingly hollow, readers may wonder just who the title's ``toy soldiers'' really are. Mike Parsons, Houston Public Library
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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