The Key to Rebecca

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The #1 National Bestseller by the author of The Hammer of Eden

His code name: "The Sphinx." His mission: to send Rommel's advancing army the secrets that would unlock the doors to Cairo...and the ultimate Nazi triumph in the war. And in ...
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Overview

The #1 National Bestseller by the author of The Hammer of Eden

His code name: "The Sphinx." His mission: to send Rommel's advancing army the secrets that would unlock the doors to Cairo...and the ultimate Nazi triumph in the war. And in all of Cairo, only two people could stop this brilliant and ruthless Nazi master agent. One was a down-on-his-luck English officer no one would listen to. The other was a young Jewish girl...

"Brilliant...breathless high adventure."--Time

"Magnificent...pulse-racing...the runaway hit of the year."--People

* A classic bestselling thriller--now repackaged for a new generation of intrigue seekers

A Nazi agent possesses the secret that will open the doors of Cairo to Rommel's advancing army. Only two people can stop him--a down-on-his-luck English officer and a beautiful Jewish girl who serves as bait.

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What People Are Saying

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568492780
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

Ken Follett
Known around the world for his string of smash-hit spy thrillers touched off by 1978’s Eye of the Needle, Ken Follett’s taut tales -- spiked with more than a dash of sex appeal -- have earned this author (and sometime blues guitarist) a reputation as a master of international intrigue.

Biography

As a young boy growing up in Cardiff, Wales, Ken Follett's love for all things literary began early on. The son of devoutly religious parents who didn't allow their children to watch television or even listen to the radio, Follett found himself drawn to the library. It soon became his favorite place -- its shelves full of stories providing his escape, and ultimately, his inspiration.

Follett's more formal education took place years later at London's University College, where he studied philosophy -- a choice that, as he explains on his official Web site, he believes guided his career as an author. "There is a real connection between philosophy and fiction," Follet explains. "In philosophy you deal with questions like: ‘We're sitting at this table, but is the table real?' A daft question, but in studying philosophy, you need to take that sort of thing seriously and have an off-the-wall imagination. Writing fiction is the same."

After graduating in 1970, a journalism class touched off Follett's career as a writer. He started out covering beats for the South Wales Echo, and later wrote a column for London's Evening News. Becoming more and more interested in writing fiction on evenings and weekends, however, Follett soon realized that books were his true business, and in 1974 he went to work for Everest Books, a humble London publishing house.

After releasing a few of his own novels to less than thunderous acclaim --including The Shakeout (1975) and Paper Money (1977) -- Follett finally hit it big with 1978's Eye of the Needle. The taut, edgy thriller with more than a dash of sex appeal flew off the shelves, winning the Edgar award and allowing Follett to quit his job and get to work on his next book, Triple. Showing no signs of a sophomore slump, Triple went on to spark a string of bestselling spy thrillers, including The Key to Rebecca (1980), The Man from St. Petersburg (1982), and Lie Down with Lions (1986). 1983's On Wings of Eagles was an interesting departure -- a nonfiction account of how two of Ross Perot's employees were rescued from Iran in 1979.

Follett changed direction even more sharply in 1989, surprising fans with The Pillars of the Earth -- a novel set in the Middle Ages many critics considered his crowning achievement. "A novel of majesty and power," said The Chicago Sun-Times of Follett's epic story. "It will hold you, fascinate you, surround you."

Follett's next three books were a trio considered to be more suspenseful than thrill-filled -- Night Over Water (1991), A Dangerous Fortune (1993) and A Place Called Freedom (1995), but The Third Twin (1996) and The Hammer of Eden (1998) marked a return to Follett's trademark capers. The wartime novels Code to Zero (2000) and Jackdaws (2001) showcased Follett's "unique ability to tell stories of international conflict and tell them well," according to Larry King in USA Today.

Follett "hits the mark again" (Publishers Weekly) with his latest story of international intrigue, Hornet Flight (2002) -- the WWII story of a young couple trying to escape occupied Denmark in a rebuilt Hornet Moth biplane who become unwitting carriers of top-secret information.

In a way, Follett's smash-hit success has allowed him to give back to the library of Cardiff, Wales -- by filling its shelves with his own transporting tales.

Good To Know

Eye of the Needle was made into a major motion picture, and four of Follett's books have been made into television mini-series: The Key to Rebecca, Lie Down with Lions, On Wings of Eagles and The Third Twin -- the rights for which were sold to CBS for the record sum of $1,400,000.

A very civic-minded soul, Follett is quite involved in his Hertfordshire community, serving as President of the Dyslexia Institute, Council Member of the National Literacy Trust, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chair of Governors of the Roebuck Primary School & Nursery, Patron of Stevenage Home-Start, director of the Stevenage Leisure Ltd. and Vice-President of the Stevenage Borough Football club.

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    1. Hometown:
      Hertfordshire, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cardiff, Wales
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Philosophy, University College, London, 1970

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2001

    This Book is awesome

    The Key to Rebecca. This is an amazing book, with suspence, action, romance, just about everything you could ever want in a book. It takes place in North Africa in 1942, a crucial point in the War. You, as the reader, is trasported into the mind of Alex Wolff, and Major Vandam, in this wonderfully crafted suspense novel. While you read you find yourself as the character, thinking like him, seeing things like him, and practically becoming him. As I read I found myself taking sides at points in the story. Like when Vandam is hot on the trail of Wolff. I found myself wanting Wolff to elude Vandam yet another time. This book practically has not a dry moment and is wonderfully made.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    I first read The Key to Rebecca more than a quarter of a century

    I first read The Key to Rebecca more than a quarter of a century ago, read it, thought about it after reading German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel exploits in Disciples of Fortune, got it; and behold, it captivated me like the first time. That is what truly great novels do. There is always something new to find in them each time you pick the book up and read it again. Centered on the fascinating character of the German spy codenamed "Sphinx", who Rommel slips into Cairo, so that he could send back classified information needed for his final push to conquer what was left of North Africa (Egypt)not under Nazi control, Follet through this fascinating and well-developed character and other remarkable characters who got drawn into his world, tells the story of the last phase of Nazi Germany's North African campaign in a manner that sets him apart from other writers.

    This complex plot in the hands of Follet the master storyteller, comes out as a smooth flowing, fast-paced, colorfully-set and character-rich story. The descriptions are masterly done, and narrative and dialogue are used effectively to make this story one of the best classic spy stories out there.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Fantastic read

    I really enjoy this author's writing. This was another page-turner with a similar theme to that of Jackdaws.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    Just Okay

    It wasn't a book I HAD to keep reading but it was okay. I thought KF's "A Dangerous Fortune" was much better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 14, 2012

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Excellent spy novel

    This has to be one of the best spy novels ever written. One of Ken Follet's best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    Great story with significant suspense. 'action scenes' are a bit

    Great story with significant suspense. 'action scenes' are a bit wanting but the story line really pulls you through. All characters are believable and engaging.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Good suspenseful read

    This was typical Ken Follett espionage. I really enjoyed it, as I have every other book of his that I have read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2010

    Hard to Get Into...

    But after I did, I really enjoyed it. I am a fan of his. The ebook did have quite a few spelling mistakes. All and all, I really enjoyed this book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

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    Another great spy thriller from Follett!!

    After reading the classic Eye Of The Needle I was realy looking forward to another does of spy core goodness from Ken Follett and that is exactly what I got. This was in a different theater than the other book but the plot was riveting and the characters were interesting and believable. The novel had a couple of strange, almost misplaced chapters towards the end but the overall novel was really good.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    A fun and quick read

    Follet's style in these WWII stories seems geared to younger readers. His characters are solidly developed but they are simple characters without complexity. In this book he pits a ruthless Nazi agent against an unlikely alliance between a rather nerdy British officer and young Jewish girl.

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

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    I'm willing to say I enjoyed this book, though I wouldn't be qui

    I'm willing to say I enjoyed this book, though I wouldn't be quick to recommend it to anyone. Follett seemed to be moderately researched in the World War Two Middle East, and overall the story was interesting. It was an easy read, and was sufficiently entertaining.

    However, there were a few problems I had with this book, which kept me from truly enjoying it. For one thing, the story was extremely predictable. Not just the overall outcome, but every plot twist and event followed a typical path. There was a severe lack of imagination and creativity.

    The other issue I take is directed more toward Ken Follett than this particular novel. I read Pillars of the Earth, and while I loved the story, it was completely ruined by Follett's writing style. Deciding to give him another chance, I picked up The Key To Rebecca, which did nothing but prove my initial complaints against Follett's writing. His characters are too black and white. The heroes are too perfect, and the villains are way too evil to be believable. Not only that, but I've noticed that Follett has a habit of creating evil characters with strange and ugly sexual desires...to the point of where I wonder if his writing is some way to live out personal fetishes of his.

    As I said before, the book was entertaining enough. If I had to sum up my feeling for the book in just a few words, it would be: "I wish a different author had written it".

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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