The Enemy

The Enemy

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This series of readers is aimed at students at 6 levels from elementary to advanced. All stages have exercises for classroom or private use, plus a glossary to help with vocabulary. This thriller, at advanced level, concerns a man victimized by a sinister stranger.
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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 120 x 190mm | 129g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black and white illustrations
  • 0194216675
  • 9780194216678

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Combining a tremendously beleaguered, tremendously sympathetic narrator-hero with post-Asilomar worries over the hazards of DNA research, crafty Mr. Bagley comes up with one of his tightest character adventures ever. Malcolm Jaggard is the man-in-between, a British intelligence officer whose quest for a normal private life is thwarted when his fiancee's sister becomes the victim of an acid-throwing attack - an inexplicable incident that leads to an even more inexplicable one: fiancee Penelope's millionaire father decides to disappear. Who is this George Ashton? Malcolm's bosses at Intelligence clue him in: as luck would have it, Mal's intended father-in-law is a Russian genius-scientist defector who has spent 30 years in England, apparently just being a businessman. Or has he been secretly applying his super-mind to current research? Daughter Penelope is in genetics. Could there be a link? If so, where are his research findings hidden - and who's trying to appropriate them? Malcolm locates Ashton in Sweden, but his snow-chase attempt to lure him home ends up with a dead father-in-law-to-be and a hostile ex-fiancee, who's preoccupied, in any case, with the safety conditions at a DNA research center in Scotland. A toy-model railroad worth 31,000 pounds supplies - in marvelous code - many of the answers, but Malcolm must head north to Scotland for the rest of them, exposing himself to the dangers of E. coli and recombinant DNA. Bagley's power-hungry villain needn't have been such a stock-figure, but otherwise this master suspense writer works in full-color depth - the internal backbiting of covert government, the unstoppable momentum of scientists. As a result, a solid chunk of fanciful suspense is marbled with factual silvers of lingering fear. (Kirkus Reviews)
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85 ratings
3.4 out of 5 stars
5 20% (17)
4 26% (22)
3 33% (28)
2 16% (14)
1 5% (4)
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