The Hostages Author:Charles E. Israel A busload of children--the sons and daughters of United Nations delegates from countries all over the world--disappears on the way to school in New York. The strange blue bus with its new driver arouses the suspicions of only one mother. All her frantic efforts to contact the authorities--the school, the bus company, the police--are frustrated.... more »
The Chinese Foreign Minister leaves Peking by jet for New York. After endless negotiation, in a moment of grave international crisis, China has at last been admitted to the U.N.
Then the Secretary-General receives a telephone call--and suddenly the connection between these two apparently unrelated events becomes horrifyingly obvious.
The self-imposed calm of the diplomats as they face the choice of forfeiting the lives of their own children or jeopardizing the future of the world...the emergency mobilization of the police and the FBI...the gradual revelations of the plans and the identity of the kidnapers...the children's courage and, finally, their despair as they realize the hopelessness of their plight--these are the elements of a novel on unremitting rensions, in which the makers of history must evaluate their decisions in the most immediate personal currency.« less