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The Cairo Code: A Thriller by [Meade, Glenn]
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From Publishers Weekly

First published in slightly different form in 1999 under the title The Sands of Sakkara, this richly atmospheric thriller from Meade (Snow Wolf) examines the shifting nature of loyalty, patriotism, and love. In 1939, Johann "Jack" Halder, born of a Prussian father and an American mother, and his childhood friend Harry Weaver meet in Cairo on an archeological dig. Both men fall in love with Rachel Stern, another member of the team. When war is declared, they are inducted into the service of their respective countries. The Germans enlist Jack in a plot to assassinate a leader of the Allies; the Americans charge Harry with stopping him. Spies, counterspies, and the denizens of Cairo's murky underworld lend color as the lines between good and bad become increasingly blurred. This satisfying read includes a fast-paced plot, intriguing interpretations of historical fact, and characters forced to take a close look at their motives. (Mar.)

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"This satisfying read includes a fast-paced plot, intriguing interpretations of historical fact, and characters forced to take a close look at their motives." (Publishers Weekly)

"As in the author's previous World War II blockbusters, Brandenburg and Snow Wolf, former journalist Meade knows how to blend his copious historical research into an intriguing fictional frame." (Amazon.com)

"he neatly turned final twist... the Nazi-heavy plot,and its Hollywood-exotic Egyptian backdrop capture the softest part of the imagination, rendering the story absorbing." (Publishers Weekly)

Praise for Glenn Meade's other work:

"Meade's research is so extensive yet unobtrusive . . . that it is often easy to forget you're reading fiction and not history. This a completely riveting thriller in the tradition of the Day of the Jackal. A white knuckler!" (The Washington Post)

“Meade's second foray into international intrigue imagines that Nazis biding time in South America hatch a viable plot to take over contemporary Germany. The novel opens with a splendidly tantalizing episode of eavesdropping by a Paraguayan reporter who, before he's caught and killed, hides a tell-tale tape recording. . . . Fast, sly, and slick, this thriller delivers the goods—tension, action, plot twists—until the smoke clears on the last page.” (Booklist, Praise for Brandenburg)

“Sheer, nail-biting suspense . . . a rare treat.” (Sunday Telegraph, Praise for BRANDENBURG)

". . . puts a fresh spin on the mystery surrounding the deaths of the Romanovs, in particular the possible escape of princess Anastasia." (Publishers Weekly, Praise for THE ROMANOV CONSPIRACY)

“Meade's second foray into international intrigue imagines that Nazis biding time in South America hatch a viable plot to take over contemporary Germany. The novel opens with a splendidly tantalizing episode of eavesdropping by a Paraguayan reporter who, before he's caught and killed, hides a tell-tale tape recording. . . . Fast, sly, and slick, this thriller delivers the goods—tension, action, plot twists—until the smoke clears on the last page.” (Booklist, Praise for THE LAST WITNESS)

"The Irish-born author (Snow Wolf) teeters on the edge of genius and sacrilege with this thriller about a subject known since the time of Christ. When archeologist Jack Cane discovers ancient documents that point to the existence of another messiah, he also quickly finds out that both Israeli and Catholic authorities have reason to possess, or suppress, such documents. Racked with the pain of personal loss, he meets up with an old friend, Lela, who is part of an Israeli police team investigating multiple crimes, including a cold case involving the possible murder of Cane's parents—also archeologists—20 years earlier. Some who have avoided Christian fiction or only dipped in will find this departure from the mold refreshing, even while some regular readers of Christian fiction may find certain passages revolting. Fans of Davis Bunn or Dan Brown won't bat an eye at Meade's unblinking look at the Vatican and the religious secrecy that fuels such novels. With a plot that screams, a controversial edge, and characters with attitude and something to prove, this has all the makings to be the next Da Vinci Code." (Publishers Weekly, Praise for THE SECOND MESSIAH)

“Dan Brown meets Tom Clancy—Glenn Meade sure knows how to get your pulse racing. I was gripped from page one. Whether The Second Messiah is fact or fiction is up for debate, but one thing’s for sure—it’s one heck of a thriller. You know you’re in safe hands with Glenn Meade—The Second Messiah is a rollercoaster of a thriller that lifts the lid on the inner workings of the Vatican and leaves you wondering just how much of the fiction is actually fact." (Stephen Leather, author of Nightfall Praise for THE SECOND MESSIAH)

"Reading similarly to both a Thoene novel and The Da Vinci Code, bestselling author Meade’s The Second Messiah will keep readers on the edge of their proverbial seats . . . The Second Messiah reads quickly and will hold the reader’s attention with its many plot twists. In the story, Meade also addresses the problem of suffering in an insightful comment from the pope. Fans of fiction tied to news headlines will enjoy this geopolitical thriller. Recommended for readers of Joel C. Rosenberg." (Christian Retailing, Praise for THE SECOND MESSIAH)

"Written in the mold of The Da Vinci Code—sans all the erroneous claims (thankfully)—bestselling author Glenn Meade’s latest geographical thriller, The Second Messiah, keeps readers on the edge of their proverbial seats with multiple plot twists." (Charisma, Praise for THE SECOND MESSIAH)

"This novel is a Da Vinci Code-type thriller, but it’s far more. The secret scrolls and chases are standard thriller fare, but deftly handled. Some of the characters are particularly captivating, especially the new Pope, a true follower of God who’s tormented by his past and struggling with the future of the Church. This suspenseful book is well worth reading." (CBA Retailers + Resources, Praise for THE SECOND MESSIAH)

"Meade knows how to entangle, and untangle, an exciting array of characters and plots guaranteed to keep the reader hooked . . . a talented storyteller, he sets the scene quickly before taking off on a rollicking ride that keeps the pages turning. It’s a hard book to put down." (Crosswalk.com)

“Dan Brown meets Tom Clancy—Glenn Meade sure knows how to get your pulse racing. I was gripped from page one. Whether The Second Messiah is fact or fiction is up for debate, but one thing’s for sure—it’s one heck of a thriller. You know you’re in safe hands with Glenn Meade—The Second Messiah is a rollercoaster of a thriller that lifts the lid on the inner workings of the Vatican and leaves you wondering just how much of the fiction is actually fact." (Stephen Leather, author of Nightfall )

“A thrill a minute. A cross between Indiana Jones and Dan Brown. Thriller readers will love this book.” (Midwest Book Review)

  “Tell Dan Brown to move over! It’s Glenn Meade’s turn.” (Bookseller from Books & Co. (Dayton, Ohio))

“Reads at a breathtaking, frantic pace from beginning to end. . . . A daring work of fiction that will have people talking.” (Fresh Fiction)

"A writer of powerfully built and skillfully executed plots. Immerse yourself in his intricately woven intrigue and explosive action, and enjoy them thoroughly!" (Oleg Kalugin, former head of the KGB's First Directorate )

"Fast, sly and slick, his thrillers deliver the goods—tension, action, plot twists—until the smoke finally clears." (Booklist)

“Deftly orchestrated. . . . One long, twisty, breathless chase. . . . Tough to put down” (The New York Times Book Review)

“Rich in period detail, crisply plotted and paced.” (People)

“Meade knows how to turn on the adrenaline.” (USA Today)

“A tremendous sense of dramatic action and page-turning excitement culminating in a riveting, thought-provoking climax.” (The Sunday Times)

“Another literate and suspenseful thriller from an estimable storyteller who proves that beginner’s luck had nothing to do with his impressive debut.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“In this big-boned thriller, Meade makes his contribution to the distinguished number of first thrillers premised on the attempted assassination of a world leader (e.g., Day of the Jackal; The Eagle Has Landed) by imagining a CIA hit man targeting Josef Stalin. . . . Meade writes with a silken pen, inking unusually sympathetic leads. Vivid cameos of historical figures, including Eisenhower, Truman, Beria and Stalin, lend credence to the story, which, according to the author, includes events of ‘documented history.’ The Cold War may be on ice, but through this literate, memorable story, Meade shows that it can still freeze readers' attention and chill their blood.” (Publishers Weekly)

"Could Joseph Stalin have been murdered by an international hit team led by an American CIA agent and acting on orders from President Eisenhower? Fifty pages into this large and chewy first thriller by an Irish journalist, just published in paperback, you'll probably be: (a) totally convinced, or (b) so entranced by the characters, the perfect period details, and beautifully-described action that it won't matter." (Amazon.com, Praise for THE ROMANOV CONSPIRACY)

"Meade weaves well-developed characters into a complex plot that moves at a brisk pace. His vivid descriptions of the sights and sounds of Egypt made me feel like I was back at Sakkara." (San Francisco Examiner)

“Compelling.” (Raleigh News & Observer)

“Meade captures the flavor of the era, the war and the people.” (Daily Oklahoman)

“A non-stop World War II thriller that will prove much enjoyment to fans of the sub-genre. The story line uses authentic events, which enhance the speed of the novel... Glenn Meade is quickly attaining a reputation for historical thrillers.” (Midwest Book Review)

“A sizzling read, packed with action, great characters, and adventure writing of the highest caliber.” (Irish-American News)

“A heart-wrenching tale of friendship, love and treachery set against the exotic and intriguing backdrop of wartime Egypt.” (Sullivan County Democrat)

“Terrific entertainment, a page-turner in the best tradition of thrillers. It's also unsettlingly plausible.” (Campbell Armstrong )

“Ingenious ... [Meade] spins out this involving yarn with skill and clarity ... An outstanding premise!” (Publishers Weekly)


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  • File Size: 4770 KB
  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (April 19, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 19, 2016
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010MHAIOS
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