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Aavikkoleijona by Ken Follett

Aavikkoleijona (original 1980; edition 1981)

by Ken Follett, Arto Häilä ((KÄÄnt.))

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Authors:Ken Follett
Other authors:Arto Häilä ((KÄÄnt.))
Info:Porvoo : Hki : Juva : WSOY, 1981.
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Historical Novel, Spy Thriller, Spy, Cairo, Operation Salaam, Belly Dancer, WWII, Counterfeit Money, Trap, Erwin Rommel, Decoy Girl, Lesbian, Kidnapping, Desert War

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The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett (1980)


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Utterly formulaic and predictable, but I did enjoy the stream of consciousness section in Chapter 26. All in all a plausible explanation for events in Egypt in 1942. ( )
  5hrdrive | Jun 22, 2016 |
1942 Cairo, North Africa; spy Alex Wolff is on a mission to steal British military plans and send them to Rommel using a code whose key is buried in the Daphne du Maurier's novel Rebecca vs British Major Vandam.
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  GeneHunter | Mar 13, 2016 |
I didn't expect the quality of an Umberto Eco in this book. Probably my expectation was something on par with Robert Harris, but I was pretty disappointed to read what felt like a Dan Brown novel. If you like the Da Vinci Code, this book is for you. It's a pretty standard (trite) thriller story, you don't learn much about history, but in exchange you get your fair dose of clichéd depiction of women and Arabs. ( )
1 vote Frederic_Schneider | Jan 23, 2016 |
North Africa, Rommel, Wolf Spy

His code name: "The Sphinx." His mission: to send Rommel's advancing army the secrets that would unlock the doors to Cairo...and the ultimate Nazi triumph in the war. And in all of Cairo, only two people could stop this brilliant and ruthless Nazi master agent. One was a down-on-his-luck English officer no one would listen to. The other was a young Jewish girl...
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  christinejoseph | Aug 26, 2015 |
Paperbook from my bookgroup. This edition published by Corgi Books approx 1981. I’ve quite a few of the Follett books sitting, waiting to be read, but when this came up, I had (!) to accept it. It’s one of the latest additions to the pile, but one of the first to be read, in order to bring some semblance of control to my TBR pile (hahahaha).

rest of the review can be found on my blog here:

  nordie | Jun 24, 2015 |
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"Our spy in Cairo is the greatest hero of them all."
-Erwin Rommel, September 1942

(Quoted by Anthony Cave Brown in Bodyguard of Lies)
To Robin McGibbon
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The last camel collapsed at noon.
"Onze spion in Cairo is de grootste held van allemaal" - Erwin Rommel, september 1942 (zoals aangehaald door Anthony Cave Brown in Het Onzichtbare Front).
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From Ken Follett: North Africa in the summer of 1942 and Rommel seems unbeatable. His secret weapon is Alex Wolff, master spy, and a deadly code buried in the pages of du Maurier's novel, Rebecca. Crossing the blazing Sahara, Wolff enters Cairo to steal British military plans. His pursuer, Major Vandam, engages the lovely Elene to lure him into range. As Rommel's troops come closer to victory, the pursuit continues across the desert to a startling, explosive confrontation
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Ken Follett’s The Key to Rebecca took readers and critics by storm when first published more than fifteen years ago. Today, it remains one of the best espionage novels ever written.


A brilliant and ruthless Nazi master agent is on the loose in Cairo. His mission is to send Rommel’s advancing army the secrets that will unlock the city’s doors. In all of Cairo, only two people can stop him. One is a down-on-his-luck English officer no one will listen to. The other is a vulnerable young Jewish girl….


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A Nazi agent possesses the secret that will open the doors of Cairo to Rommel's advancing army. Only two people can stop him--a down-on-his-luck English officer and a beautiful Jewish girl who serves as bait.

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