The Duel

The Duel

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 190mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0241100623
  • 9780241100622

Review Text

Revenge melodrama: a bomb-maker vs. a bomb-defuser. Master bomb-maker Paul Elvides, now 70, is a Communist-trained terrorist who soft-peddles his Communism while getting together gangs in Greece, Germany, Ireland, England, and the States. His arch-enemy: 48-year-old Gordon Ramage, the world's greatest expert at defusing bombs and boobytraps, who unintentionally killed Elvides' wife by boobytrapping a house she was in. Ramage has just retired from the service, and, by one-in-a-million odds, he and his wife Laura happen to be on an Atlantic Airlines Honeymoon Special Jumbo Jet flying from London to N.Y. when it is announced that the German Liberation Army terrorist group has plant ed a bomb on the plane - a doubly deadly bomb with two types of fuses (one is wired to an altimeter) which ensure that the plane cannot land until the terrorists are paid a vast extortion sum. Needless to say, Ramage eventually finds and dismantles the bomb, recognizing it as Elvides' handiwork. So Elvides, wounded in his vanity, sets up a scheme whereby Laura is fatally machine-gunned and Ramage's son is kidnapped. And Ramage, sponsored financially by Atlantic Airlines, naturally sets out to blow up Elvides and each of his fellow terrorists. . . . Simpleminded nonstop violence, but far less idiotic than Seaman's last (The Committee, 1978) and unusually strong on intriguing bomb detail. (Kirkus Reviews)show more