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The Key to Rebecca Ken Follett’s The Key to Rebecca took readers and critics by storm when first published than twenty years ago Today it remains one of the best espionage novels ever written Look out for Ken’s newest book A Column of Fire available nowA 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

  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • The Key to Rebecca
  • Ken Follett
  • English
  • 07 June 2015
  • 9780451207791

About the Author: Ken Follett

Ken Follett is one of the world’s most successful authors Over 165 million copies of the 31 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages Born on June 5th 1949 in Cardiff Wales the son of a tax inspector Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College London with an Honours degree in Philosophy – later to be made a Fellow of



10 thoughts on “The Key to Rebecca

  1. says:

    Rebecca Comes to WarWe all know how WWII invaded literature The theme has been used and abused inspiring all sorts of storiesSince what goes around is expected to come around it's not by all means shocking to find an example where the opposite works eg knowing about a WWII episode where literature plays some kind of a roleWhile researching for the Eye of the needle Ken Follet found a parallel story that involved a german spy a sexy belly dancer and the famous Rebecca from Daphne du MaurierAnd it was such a strange combination that gave birth to a uite different RebeccaThe key to Rebecca is not Ken Follet at his best but it's Ken Follet at his almost bestNothing left to say except that it's highly recommendableKen Follet always provides knowledge and entertainment What else could we demand?

  2. says:

    If they liked it once they'll love it twice That's the wise rationale behind Follett's new WW II thriller which recycles the same basic scenario now in 1942 Cairo instead of 1944 England that made Eye of the Needle such a winner Again the central figure is a Nazi spy with secrets that could change historyLike many of Follett’s books The Key to Rebecca is rich with captivating historical detail that only adds to the flavor of the book and leaves readers with a better understanding about what World War II was like in the heat of North Africa The book is also populated with a colorful cast of characters that are simultaneously authentic arresting and majorly flawed Readers are sure to find themselves both fascinated and repelled by enigmatic characters like Sonja a famous belly dancer with unusual appetites; and Abdullah a gleefully irreverent and unreliable thiefThe book is filled with so many thrills it is oddly reminiscent of the Indiana Jones movies and those dime store adventure novels from the 1950s at least in the way that it is fun to read and swarming with twists and turns aplenty If you like to learn something while you are entertained then you won’t want to miss Follett’s classic spy thriller tour de force The Key to Rebecca It will have you burning the midnight oil as you stay up late turning pages into the wee hours of the morning until you find out just who wins this epic showdown

  3. says:

    What's not to love about a good WWII spy novel? It's so easy to get sucked right in You've got Nazis they're the bad guys No need to develop this They are the bad guys They are the ultimate bad guys They are in fact about as bad as guys get Outside of Sauron's legions of Mordor you don't really have a better example of a total absence of moral ambiguity And really between Joseph Goebbels and the Witch King leader of the nazgul it's a toss up for sheer wickedness Most of us have a pretty good idea how the second world war actually turned out and who won I won't give anything away for those who haven't It's uite a suspenseful story and I'd hate to ruin it for you But even knowing the ending doesn't detract from the tension that is carefully constructed here In the hands of a skilled suspense writer the reader somehow forgets Oooh I hope they stop that Nazi bastard I shouted at my book Otherwise I'll eventually be reading this in German and won't know what's going on Spies seduction suspense These are my guilty pleasures when I just need to get away from it all and immerse myself in a world of intrigue and ethical absolutes And view spoiler I'm very glad the bad guys lost Take that you Nazi pricks hide spoiler

  4. says:

    A Spy Novel that Reads Like a Good Alternate History FictionA Book Review of Ken Follett’s The Key to Rebecca The last camel collapsed at noonSo 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 who is he? And what is the code hidden in the pages of Daphne du Maurier’s famous novel? Only one man a British intelligence officer could thwart him But to get the key in his hands and uncover Germany’s secret weapon he must risk losing all he holds dearAt the age of 29 Ken Follett doesn’t want himself to be categorized to write or identified with a single genre and asserts early on with his publishers that he’s going to write whatever caught his fancy and his readers However while researching for The Eye of the Needle he chanced upon an incident in history that became the building block of what will become The Key to Rebecca that made him drew back and exclaim hhmmA few chapters in Follett’s third book another novel set during the unfolding drama that is World War II it structurally reminded me of his break out best seller The Eye of the Needle Yes it is formulaic but it is formulaic at best for Follett writes in his prime and in his prowess Alex Wolf is just another Henry Faber being the ruthless and cunning Nazi spy but the beauty with which Follett creates these anti heroes is in how he can sueeze out sympathy in the reader one eventually roots for him that in the end you so badly want him to triumph despite the fact that he’s the bad guy Along with a cast of carefully and perfectly rounded out characters with psychological depth self awareness and absorbing female lead often lacking in spy novels and thrillers the reader is not only privy to what they think and feel but drawn in as well of their whims and sexual desires And if I may add Follett’s sex scenes generous and detailed as they are are not mere add on to the chapters not only and perhaps to titillate the reader but to add nuance and can sometimes reveal vulnerabilities of heroes and villains alikeThe action is steadily paced and the tension builds like a tightening noose it’s almost hard to turn away and put the book down and it sometimes made me scream at every unexpected twist In this book Follett seamlessly combined history and fiction using historical detail to further the plot especially in how he use the real life Nazi spy Johannes Eppler in attributing the character of Alex Wolf and particularly by setting it in Africa a place scarcely mentioned in WWII books it’s hard to believe that fierce battle also occurred in this continent besides Europe Adopting a credible narrator’s voice as that of a historian Ken Follett managed to convey a wealth of information with his descriptions about war time Cairo the desert nomadic life the rise of Egyptian Nationalism and the gripping events of the Battle of Tobruk The Key to Rebecca is an impressive cloak and dagger book that pits together two men in whose hands lies the outcome of the war and the fate of a seething nation Readers who loved Ken Follett’s brand of fiction will find in here trademarks that made his novels such brilliant best sellers There’s an incredible chase scene of motorcycles hurtling thru blacked out Cairo; the clever spy who’s always ahead and narrowly escapes his hunter; and a harrowing race against death and a speeding train Nevertheless it also showcases something new to the table for good ole fans and new readers to feast on Book Details Book #25 for 2011Published by William Morrow CoHardcover 1985 First Edition381 pagesStarted June 13 2011Finished June 19 2011My Rating ★★★★See this review on my book blog Dark Chest of Wonders and for many others

  5. says:

    4302020 Currently reading Noel Barber's book set in Cairo finding it informative about WWII EgyptA Woman of CairoOriginal review Enjoyed this just as much in a subseuent reading as first escape with Follett to WWII North Africa41618 Have likely read or at least started maybe two dozen by Follett Several featured topics that interested me Hornets Flight and Jackdaws along with Rebecca Cathedral building's first volume Three Ken's remain in my GRCat Suggest Pargeter if you like the cathedral era Brother Cadfael timeIn Key Ken mixed his ingredients most compatible to my wavelength enjoyed the main characters enough to take another ride through the book which I haven't done with Follett's other productionsThe Rommel book by Pressfield fits besides Rebecca on my mental WWshelf Killing RommelThe Heaven Tree Trilogy

  6. says:

    A good WWII spy novel set in Cairo British major must track down a german spy who is assisting Rommel Lots of suspense uite a bit of sex and of course a lot of nasty nazis Recommended

  7. says:

    This book was very easy to put down until the last 80 pages when the action finally took place I can handle some racy stuff in books but there are a couple sentences I really wish I hadn't read that are in this book The sex that is talked about is way too perverted for me There wasn't a lot of it and I did my best to skim over it while not missing out on the plot but I really couldn't see the point of most of it I read another goodreads' member's review of this book before I started it that said it seemed like the author just threw salacious stuff in as an afterthought with no relevance to the story I have to agree for the most part

  8. says:

    Follett is excellent with his character development This book is a complete shift from Pillars of the Earth Follett is so talented in his different writing styles Fun things I learned from reading this book 1 don't become a spy2 if I do become a spy don't use my real name3 don't go back to my home town where they can track down my real identity4 it's always better to be on the good team

  9. says:

    A clever WWII story during a time when victory held in the balance between Axis and AlliesRommel is ready to push east towards the Suez Canal but he desperately needs fuel A German undercover agent is the key to helping him acuire the necessary supplies but a young woman stands in his wayFilled with romance historical accuracy and intrigue Follett manages to write a story of when victory for the Allies was uncertain If you're a fan of WWII thrillers put this on your list

  10. says:

    Ken Follett's first best seller EYE OF THE NEEDLE was about a German spy in the UK during World War Two Similarly this one is about a German spy Wolff who haunts wartime Cairo for military secrets to pass on to Irwin Rommel Out to bust him are a British officer a Jewish femme fatale and a Cairene belly dancer The plot clips along nicely but some of the chase elements are too by the numbers

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