The Key to Rebecca Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1981
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"Magnificent...pulse-racing...the runaway hit of the year." -People
"From the opening sentence to the gripping climax...Ken Follett delivers the surefire suspense readers have come to expect." -Los Angeles Times
"It can keep you up all night-grabbed, gripped and thrilled." -Chicago Sun-Times
About the Author
Ken Follett was twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller that became an international bestseller. After writing more successful thrillers he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth, about the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages, which continues to captivate millions of readers all over the world and its long-awaited sequel, World Without End, was a number one bestseller in the US, UK and Europe. Fall of Giants was the first bestselling book in the Century trilogy, followed by Winter of the World. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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At first, we mentally stumbled over the foreign people and place names, but soon were at home with the lead characters. The villain was so clever we almost started rooting for him somewhere along the line, but were not disappointed with the ultimate outcome. While some content is definitely not for the prudish, we are sure Follett's faithful, as well as readers new to this author, will enjoy this adventurous tingling tale!
The story, set against the backdrop of the bustling city of Cairo during the British occupation in WWII, focuses mainly on the confrontation between a indigenous German spy and a English intelligence officer and therefore becomes rather predictable after the first fifty pages.
Alex Wolf, a German spy of Egyptian descent sets out on a mission to gather information about British military secrets in order to support the advancing Afrika Korps. His smart and cunning character stands in stark contrast to his adversary, the disillusioned and hard drinking Major Vandam who struggles with the premature death of his wife as well as certain professional failures in the past which makes him feel responsible for the loss of numerous lives.
Caught in the middle is a young Egyptian Jewess who first ventures in the espionage business for dubious reasons and eventually falls in love with the much older British officer.
Developing the following romance, Follett lingers on lengthy descriptions of erotic encounters and corny dialogues which appear a bit overdone in an espionage novel.
Vandam`s investigation about the German spy`s whereabouts runs far too smoothly to leave any trace of suspense, so it is no wonder that from the second third of the book the story becomes rather boring.
The key to Rebecca misses much of Follett`s otherwise excellent storytelling gift, therefore I would give it only two points.
Though complex, the plot in the hands of Follet the master storyteller is well-developed so that it comes out as a smooth flowing, fast-paced, colorfully-set and character-rich story. The descriptions are masterly presented, and the narrative and dialogue are used effectively to make this story one of the best classic spy stories I have read.
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I read this story more than 20 years ago, when it was published for the first time.Published 5 months ago by Zofia Zasacka
I have read most of his books but somehow missed this one when it was first released. The Key to Rebecca has wonderful character development, a fast pace and suspense. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cedarhurst family
I 'm a shameless Follett fan so yes I enjoyed this book. Not one of his best but a good read. It kept me interested from beginning to end .Published 18 months ago by Michal
I don't agree about the logic behind some details. The best way to escape for German Spy Alex Wolff is to go alone in Arab clothing. Read morePublished 20 months ago by arnold yeung
Always great! True Ken Follett writing, leads you epic tale that keeps you wanting to read more. A book worth reading.Published on Aug. 21 2013 by Darrell Boutilier
Using God's name in vain should not be allowed in any situation. Descriptions of sex acts are repulsive to many. Books should be written with respect for everyone.Published on Feb. 20 2011 by always
Not a bad read. If you're simply looking for entertainment, espionage and bellydance it's a quick and entertaining read. Read morePublished on July 27 2010 by Raskolnikov