The action begins with a subplot - the shooting of an industrialist's bodyguard. The industrialist had been receiving threatening letters from extortionists. After the introduction of the 4 main adult characters - Haakon and Maria Sovant, Pamela and Sergio Molina - all bodyguards who are all ex-CIA agents - we meet young Amanda Molina and her two-year-old brother, Al.
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Poems, rhymes about everyday life and even adverse situations.
The novel unfolds with narrative in the present and with a few flashbacks into the lives of the main characters.
It's a combination of spy novel and adventure story, a romance and a murder mystery. It's something which will appeal to both adults and young adults.
The plot unfolds a little slowly at first, but the intrigue heats up and there are twists in the plot right to the end of the tale.
I see John Le Carre as the supreme spy novelist, though his work has had very little influence on my work. Works from authors such as Malcolm Lowry, John Buchan and Erskine Childers have however been very influential.
`Amanda's War' is similar to Robert Altman's film `3 Women,' starring Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall, in the sense that both deal with the theme of people changing after traumatic incidents. At the end of `Amanda's War' the reader is left to speculate if someone has changed, after a traumatic incident, because of natural forces or because of supernatural forces.