GOOD-BYE TO BUDAPEST by Jeannette Eyerly


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'But what about us?' Megan asked shakily. She was beginning to feel that she was playing a part in a low budget movie, one with a 'Parental Guidance' listing."" Well maybe not so low budget: Megan's Daddy is America's top physicist, a man who wears eighteen dollar shirts, and a linear descendant and namesake of Sir Thomas More, no less. But the Cold War has seldom been colder or cruder when Megan is lured to Budapest on false pretenses, served a chicken salad sandwich laced with dope, and held hostage in a fake hospital in return for Daddy's classified secrets. Thank goodness, at least half of the Soviet agents involved in the plot are disloyal and one, Andras--who fell in love with Megan at first sight--helps rescue Daddy from his prison in a Hungarian castle. At least it's all done without violence (though someone always seems to be stroking Megan's hand or grabbing her by the arm), but the intrigue is definitely shopworn, and the shifty Hungarians and ever so perfect Mores are equally plastic. Kids who manage to get to any of those PG thrillers will rate this passe.

Pub Date: Sept. 9th, 1974
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Lippincott