The Key To Rebecca
Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, September 1942
He is known to the Germans as 'Sphinx', to others as Alex Wolff, a European businessman. He arrives suddenly in Cairo from out of the desert, armed with a radio set, a lethal blade and a copy of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca—a ruthless man with a burning, relentless conviction that ...more
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A Spy Novel that Reads Like
a Good Alternate History Fiction
(A Book Review of Ken Follett’s The Key to Rebecca)
The last camel collapsed at noon.
So begins Ken Follett’s intriguing World War II thriller set in 1942 Cairo, a city holding its breath. The German army is poised for a strike in Egypt, and the British seems powerless to stop it; powerless, too, to catch the master spy with the codename Sphinx who is stealing their military secrets and transmitting them to Field Marshall Rommel. Just wh ...more
Esta é uma história de espiões, mas não ao estilo, por exemplo, de Daniel Silva, uma vez que decorre no ano de 1942 e é espantoso perceber como se faziam as espionagens antes da era tecnológica ...more
Fun things I learned from reading this book:
1) don't become a spy
2) if I do become a spy, don't use my real name
3) don't go back to my home town where they can track down my real identity
4) it's always better to be on the good team
However, there were a few problems I had with this book, which kept me from truly enjoying it. For one thing, the story was extremely predictable. Not just the overall outcome, but every plot twist and event followed a typical path. T ...more
Gosto de uma leitura absorvente e frenética, e não falhou.
Segunda Guerra Mundial, no Cairo, espiões alemães e o Exército Inglês que quer defender a sua posição dominante contra os invasores alemães.
A história tem dois protagonistas , um é o espião alemão, Alex Wolff, o outro é o major William Vandam, que o tenta descobrir e parar. E aqui está o que gostei na história, o ter dois protagonistas em lados opostos. Não existe um protagonista e um antagonista. Ele ...more
We certainly can't fault Ken Follett for variety in writing -- his books span many timelines and topics. But in "Key", he returns to a seeming favorite combination found in several of his nearly twenty novels -- sex, war, and spies!! Set in early WWII in Egypt, the basic story line is about a German spy, Alex Wolf, who is half European and half Arabian, and therefore blends in easily in numerous settings in Cairo during the British occupa ...more
Starts a bit slow what with the exposition of the central characters: Alex, the ruthless German spy sent to Cairo, Vandam (yes, really), a 40-something major in the British Staff Intelligence, Elene, a beautiful Jewish woman who’s had a string of bad luck with men, Sonja, a renowned dancer in Cairo with a strange sexual fetish (but, more importantly, an Anglophobe), and several others.
But the pace steps up when Vandam gets intrigued wit ...more
The story just did not seem to get going until the last 50 pages. It was also unnecessarily graphic at times, which almost caused me to stop reading. Skimming portions made it possible to finish. But in the end, I found that I did not really care abot the characters enough to find satisfaction in t ...more
but the way Ken Follet wrote the story makes me don't want to stop reading untill i finished ...more
With the help of Sonja, his former girlfriend, Wolff manages to allude the authorities and run a honey trap on Sandy Smith, whose eagerness to bed Sonja has him leaving his briefcase full of sensitive documents in Wolff's reach. The information Wolff is able to get from Smith allows t ...more
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…...more
Mi aspettavo una spy story avvincente e invece no, stata una delusione. Non vedevo lora di arrivare alla fine ma solo perch annoiata!
La storia: una spia tedesca ruba i segreti dellesercito inglese grazie allaiuto di una danzatrice del ventre. Un ufficiale inglese con laiuto di una ex-mantenuta egiziana riesce - dopo oltre trecento pagine e tentativi mancati in maniera grossolana - a fermarlo e ribaltare le sorti della guerra.
I personaggi: Alex Wolff la spia. Tedesco cresciuto in Egit ...more
When Field Marshal Ervin Rommel required a spy in Cairo he wanted to go local but having some German Linkage. The spy could easily camouflage with local and have loyalty towards Germany. He fi ...more
Wrong. The characters behave randomly. The heroine is not.
And the odd "spy smut" bits....so, so weird.
One man in Egypt is an enemy to the allies. He is very intelligent, vain, and fanatical. A British major has this dangerous man in his sights, but what will be the cost of ...more
He went on to write four more bestselling thrillers: Triple; The Key to Rebecca; The Man from St Petersburg; and Lie Down with Lions.
He also wrote On Wings of Eagles, the true story of ho ...more
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“It’s important to the world.”
Ishmael said: “The sun rises, and the sun sets. Sometimes it rains. We live, then we die.” He shrugged.
He would never understand, Wolff thought; but others would.”