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Roman Circus: A Novel

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From the author of "Agents of Sympathy" and "The Secret Country", this thriller is a story of fanaticism and terror. Giovanni Stears, hero of Frank O'Neill's earlier novels, finds himself almost alone in pursuit of terrorists who are driven by sheer hatred.

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A CIA operator goes up against a team of Italian and Libyan terrorists in this by-the-numbers suspense novel from the author of The Secret Country. When an American general is kidnapped and brutally assassinated, the culprits appear to belong to a quasi-Red Brigade consortium, and Giovanni Sidgewick Stears, an intelligence man known for his understanding of Italian culture, is called in. But Stears, estranged from his wife and in love with the local princess, doesn't count on the fact that his Libyan nemesis is always one step ahead of his pursuers--nor does he realize that his inamorata is intimately connected to those who like to dabble in what one character calls the "sublimity of purple political theater." O'Neill's often clever plot functions far more efficiently than his prose, which runs from the awkward ("Amos Jones, the technician . . . was studying for a technical exam") to the jarring ("Happily, blood was not on the gear lever"). BOMC and Mysterious Book Club alternates.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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An American general has just been kidnapped and murdered in Italy. CIA operative Giovanni Stears, a terrorist specialist in his early 40s, is sent to Rome to handle the situation. Of Italian descent, Stears's return to Italy is rather bittersweet, since he spent considerable time there in his youth. While cooperating with the local police, Stears begins to uncover the pieces of an Italian-Libyan terrorist operation determined to drive the U.S. military out of Italy. Stears rekindles an 18-year-old flame, which becomes complicated by suspicions that his lover has embroiled herself in the terrorist ring. This tightly woven political thriller, with its cast of intriguing characters, gives the reader a glimpse into the terrorist mind and a ringside seat at the battle of wits between enemies as they race against time. Highly recommended. BOMC alternate.
- Maria A. Perez-Stable, Western Michigan Univ. Libs., Kalamazoo
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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