City of the Sun
Espionage, love, and power play upon the shifting sands of wartime Cairo CAIRO, EGYPT 1941. As the Second World War rages, the city known as ''Paris on the Nile'' plays host to an international set who seem more interested in polo matches and swanky nightclubs than the Germans' unrelenting... show more
Espionage, love, and power play upon the shifting sands of wartime Cairo CAIRO, EGYPT 1941. As the Second World War rages, the city known as ''Paris on the Nile'' plays host to an international set who seem more interested in polo matches and swanky nightclubs than the Germans' unrelenting advance across North Africa. Meanwhile, as refugees, soldiers, and spies stream into the city, the Nazis conspire with the emerging Muslim Brotherhood to fuel the Egyptian people's seething resentment against their British overlords. Ambitious American journalist Mickey Connolly has come to Cairo to report on the true state of the war. Facing expulsion by the British for not playing by their rules, he accepts a deal from the U.S. embassy that allows him to remain in the country. His covert mission: to infiltrate the city's thriving Jewish community and locate a refugee nuclear scientist who could be key to America's new weapons program. But Mickey is not the only one looking for the elusive scientist. A Nazi spy is also desperate to find him--and the race is on. Into this mix an enigmatic young woman appears, a refugee herself. Her fate becomes intertwined with Mickey's, giving rise to a story of passion, entangled commitments, and half-truths. Deftly blending the romantic noir of the classic film Casablanca with a riveting, suspenseful narrative and vivid historical detail, City of the Sun offers a stunning portrayal of a time and place that was not only pivotal for the war, but also sowed much of the turbulence in today's Middle East.
Publish date: March 11th 2014
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Pages no: 380
Edition language: English
I have read a lot of terrific World War II novels. Most of them have been strong, historically accurate stories of war-ravaged people and the lands they loved and lost. I have also read some stunning duds, with unbelievably inappropriate romances that take place between, say, a Nazi and the lovely l...
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was really pleasantly surprised by this book. It's described as a "Casablanca"-style WWII mystery/thriller, set in Cairo. The reason I was initially concerned is that I don't like the movie "Casablanca" all that...
This book started as a good, well thought out war time spy thriller with a little romance thrown in. Then three fourth of the way through a couple of needless hot and heavy sex scenes appeared that seemed out of character for Maya and unnecessary for the story line. Then the ending just got unbeliev...