My digital hold on this one popped up, so I decided to read it instead of the next October Daye installment. Plus, it was the 4th of July, so a spy novel felt like just the right thing, since the worthless oxygen-thief currently occupying Pennsylvania Avenue has basically invited Russian spies into our country to wreak havoc.
Anyway, this is a GREAT spy novel. It's riveting and genuinely suspenseful. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so I'm not going to talk about the ending - because for those of us who are reading spy fiction this summer, I recommend it.
It's set during WWII, mostly in Cairo, where a British officer is on the trail of a German spy who is, somehow, transmitting British war plans to Rommel as he begins his campaign to take Egypt. Because it's historical fiction, we know how it will turn out, right - Rommel is defeated in the North African campaign.
But Follett takes this bit of history and what is known and he writes an espionage tale into the gaps of it. And it's terrific.
So, I'm subbing this in for space 7, using one of my cat cards!