The Key to Rebecca

The Key to Rebecca

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: London, Pan,, 2012.
Copyright Date: ©1980
ISBN: 9781447220589
Characteristics: 509 pages ; 20 cm.


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Jun 04, 2017

Couldn't put it down. Great spy novel.

Sep 12, 2016

A very enjoyable read, with the exception of some vulgar bits. Ken Follett's books are usually a pretty good read, and adding a WWII genre, makes it better.

Jul 26, 2016

Not only one of the best spy novels ever written, one of the best popular novels written in my lifetime. The opening to this is amazing. The last camel collapsed at noon...and it's impossible to put it down thereafter.

Jul 25, 2011

The Key to Rebecca ---- by Ken Follett c - 2002/RP - read an earlier printing c - 1980. ---- This story Rocks, Mr. Follett Really excelled with this story. ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul

Mar 14, 2010

Ken's view

After the success of Eye of the Needle, my publishers would have liked me to write another World War Two spy story every year for 25 years. But I was only 29, and not ready to be put in a box. I was very firm that I was going to write anything that caught my fancy and the fancy of my readers. However, while researching Eye of the Needle, I had come across a wonderful true story.

There was a spy ring based on a house boat in Cairo in 1942 which involved a belly dancer and a British major she was having an affair with. The information at stake was crucial to the battles going on in the desert. The code used by the spies was based on one of the great suspense novels of all time, Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier. The spycatcher in the story is trying to find the key to the Rebecca code. The Key to Rebecca was my third bestseller. After that, I really started believing that I was a success.


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Mar 14, 2010

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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