The Talbot Odyssey Setting & Symbolism

Nelson Demille
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OSS

Predecessor to the CIA, the OSS was the Office of Strategic Services during World War Two. This office coordinated espionage efforts throughout the war.

KGB

The Russian combination of the CIA and the mob, the KGB is a Gestapo-type police force that not only controls Russian citizens but also seeks to uncover and destroy any foreign influence that interferes with Russian state security. Most of the Russian embassy staff in New York is also affiliated with the KGB.

Sodium pentothal

Sodium pentothal is a truth serum used by government agencies to extract legitimate information from prisoners. It is introduced into the blood stream with a syringe or bullet, and then produces a similar effect to drunkenness.

The Armory

The armory is the location of the OSS dinner at which James Allerton is honored by the President. An old building, it features stunning architectural details.

The University Club

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