Feb 26, 2015

The Key to Rebecca

The Key to RebeccaThe Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

William Vandam is in pursuit of a Nazi spy whose Arab ties make it easy to blend in with the local populace. Alex Wolff (aka Achmed) is clever and unscrupulous and determined to gather key information for the Nazis.

With the help of Sonja, his former girlfriend, Wolff manages to allude the authorities and run a honey trap on Sandy Smith, whose eagerness to bed Sonja has him leaving his briefcase full of sensitive documents in Wolff's reach. The information Wolff is able to get from Smith allows the Nazis to win several battles.

Vandam recruits Elene, an Egyptian Jew, to help him find Wolff. A series of traps that Vandam lays for Wolff go awry leaving Elene at Wolff's mercy. With the authorities closing in Wolff kidnaps Vandam's son Billy and takes Billy and Elene into the desert. Vandam follows and a final desperate battle ensues that will not only determine if Billy and Elene live, but who will win the War.

I found the first twenty chapters rather slow going but the remainder of the book was fast paced and impossible to put down. I do think it was rather implausible that instead of sending the key information in his possession along to his handlers Wolff choose to spend the night in bed with Elene and Sonja, giving Vandam a chance to stop him from sending the information.

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