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Louis Paperback – February 19, 2010
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The writing is superbly descriptive and Louis' life was tragically wonderful. This is the first novel I've read by this author. It won't be the last. Highly recommended. Anne Voyeur
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Derek Haines describes his friend, Louis, as an enigma. He reflects how Louis was someone who taught him how to imagine. Haines engages his readers to travel alongside Louis to all parts of the world. At the end of the trip, we all wish we were friends of Louis.
Teremum was born in Cairo. As a young boy, his almost non-existent family contributed to a perfect resume for being a spy in the British Secret Service. As a spy, Louis led a secret life where he used both his Egyptian and English heritage to his advantage. He used different names to match his secret identities. He was a compassionate man who completed his missions with integrity. As a spy, he had to kill and also be a target. We feel his triumphs and his pain as we travel with Louis.
Louis is a historical fiction, and the author shares his secret life during both World Wars. Readers feel the emotions, the ups and downs, that Louis experiences. One of my favorite phrases in the book is . . . his mind started to wander the corridors of his life again. Derek Haines's words sum up how Louis felt after suffering a severe stroke. Throughout the book, Derek once again makes us feel his characters true to life.
The ending was abrupt. I selfishly wanted the last chapter expounded. Without spoiling the ending, I am thinking, maybe a sequel Derek?
Louis is but one of the many names this gentleman acquired over the years. He was born in Cairo and was groomed to be of service to the British Government. His life was never his own. His secrets many.
I enjoy biographies but this one was unique. It begins toward the end of life and then you see glimpses of the life that came before. Mr. Haines interjects the right amount of historical contexts and geography to make the reader feel as though he or she is there on the journey alongside the main character. I also enjoyed the little twist of fate at the end.
Warning: This book is for Mature Audiences due to violence, some adult language and a hint of sexual situations.
Half Egyptian, half English, fluent in many languages and adept at his job, we follow Louis through his many guises and name changes, a requirement for his own protection in the nineteen twenties and thirties, and more particularly so, through the second world war.
In short, Derek has written a beauty here. If you love history as I do, especially if you love twentieth century history, then with the shadowy world of espionage thrown into the mix for good measure, you will enjoy following Louis' journey through his life as I did.
Should I wax lyrical about the story at this point, I would be giving away a truly brilliant read. Suffice to say, if you don't feel you have read a great tale told well when you reach the last page, then quite frankly you seriously need help.
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The writing is superbly descriptive and Louis' life was tragically wonderful. This is the first novel I've read by this author. It won't be the last. Highly recommended.Published 18 months ago by Anne Voyeur
It is an engaging story about a man who lived an extraordinary life.I dont usually read this genre but got caught up in the description and decided to give it a try. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by Maria Andersen
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