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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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This is a 1980 novel, Follett's third, publshed after Eye of the Needle and I thought rather creaky and extremely unsophisticated. There is this evil Nazi spy stealing information from a dopey British officer and being chased by a smart British officer who is hobbled by a dumb superior. All the characters are avid for sex, eespecailly the spy and the dopey British officer whose secrets are stolen by the spy and radioed in code to Rommell. There is a truly exciting chase as the book ends. Not as good as Eye of the Needle and full of unlikely events. ( )
  Schmerguls | Mar 9, 2013 |
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
As always, I love Follett's spy novels. This one was no exception. Although, there were some very kinky parts to the story...the last 50 pages had me up late last night just so I could finish. ( )
  wendytrim | Apr 1, 2011 |
I was quite impressed and pleasantly surprised with this, my first Ken Follett novel. Now I'm interested in his other works. ( )
  CynDaVaz | Dec 30, 2010 |
Read it. My favourite sort of Follett. Its so nice of the Nazis to provide us with a perpetual villan. ( )
  Neilsantos | Oct 8, 2010 |
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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)
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451207793, Paperback)

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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