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The Key to Rebecca Paperback – February 4, 2003
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“Brilliant . . . breathless high adventure.” —Time
“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
“The most exciting novel in years.” —The Cincinnati Enquirer
About the Author
Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Follett’s first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War.
In 1989 The Pillars of the Earth was published, and has since become the author’s most successful novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah’s Book Club pick.
Its sequels, World Without End and A Column of Fire, proved equally popular, and the Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide.
Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors.
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint edition (February 4, 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451207793
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451207791
- Item Weight : 13 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #62,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I thoroughly enjoyed The Key to Rebecca. I found it very suspenseful and at times I had to put the book down just to calm down my racing heart. So, if you have a heart condition you better first check with your cardiologist before you start reading.
I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.
The crafting of the narrative is so elegant: nothing is belabored, you know all you need to know, but nothing more. Your imagination gives you the rest, making it a very personal experience. Not ambiguous, just your own. Unlike much of what I've read lately, the action alternates in favor of both sides in the conflict, making it feel real. It's amazing how well it's held up through the years. Couldn't recommend it more highly.
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And that's the point, this is a fast-paced thriller. So what if the story is a bit light-weight, a bit unrealistic and dependent on a convenient contrived device to kick-start the tale [no spoilers here]; so what if the principle characters are a bit stereotyped, especially the senior British officers in General Headquarters, Cairo, but then who hasn't known a boss like Colonel Bogge who shows more interest in organising fielding practice for the military intelligence cricket team than catching spies [apologies if that's a bit of a spoiler]; and so what if there's quite a lot of sex, but then that's true of many of Follett's books. But these are what make this a fast-paced thriller as spy Alex Wolff and spy-catcher Major Vandam race around Cairo and through Egypt in a very personal game of cat and mouse. There is though little intrigue, there are no real twists and turns, this is just a chase, a race against time, between two professionals "with previous" and that's why it's four stars and not five.
Read only if you enjoyed "Night Over Water" or "Jackdaws", perhaps not if you're looking for another "Pillars of the Earth".