The Key to Rebecca

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Pan Books, 1998 - World War, 1939-1945 - 480 pages
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‘Our spy in Cairo is the greatest hero of them all...’ Field Marshal 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 he will win at all costs.

The stakes are high, for the survival of the British campaign in North Africa is in the balance. Only Major William Vandam, an intelligence officer, and the beautiful courtesan Elene can put an end to Wolff’s brilliant clandestine reports of British troop movements and strategic plans..

As Rommel’s troops come closer to victory, Vandam edges nearer to Wolff and the crucial key. Follett builds tension and suspense to a nerve-tearing pitch as he follows the adversaries across the infernal desert to a confrontation which will determine who wins – and loses – in this deathly struggle.

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Follett is excellent with his character development. - Goodreads
The writing is stiff and overly expository. - Goodreads
Ken Follet delivers another page turner. - Goodreads
Follett is so talented in his different writing styles. - Goodreads
Which really just leaves plot. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Dara Salley - Goodreads

“The Key to Rebecca” is what would be considered an espionage novel. You may ask, “What is an espionage novel?” I was unfamiliar with the genre until I picked up this book. Think of James Bond: suave ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ankit Hawk - Goodreads

It was another historical fiction relating to World War II. It was another spy story. It was actually very similar to “Eye of the Needle” which I reviewed last week except this time things are ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Ken Follett was born in Wales on June 5, 1949. He received an Honours degree in philosophy from University College, London. He began his career as a newspaper reporter for the South Wales Echo and later with the London Evening News. He decided to switch to publishing and worked for a small London publishing house, Everest Books, eventually becoming Deputy Managing Director. His first bestselling novel, Eye of the Needle, won the Edgar Award. His other works include The Key to Rebecca, Lay Down with Lions, The Pillars of the Earth, The Third Twin, The Hammer of Eden, Code to Zero, Whiteout, World Without End, The Century Trilogy and Fall of Giants. Many of his novels have been adapted into films and television miniseries. He has won numerous awards including the Corine Prize in 2003 for Jackdaws. In 2013 his title, Winter of the World, made The New York Times Best Seller List. In 2014, he made the list again with Edge of Eternity.

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