Title: The Cairo Code
Author: Glenn Meade
My rating is 3 stars.
Other novels by Glenn Meade that I have enjoyed were Brandenburg and The Romanov Conspiracy, so when I learned of The Cairo Code being released it piqued my interest. The author has a very gifted way of writing historical fiction with suspense, tension, mystery with multiple plots occurring simultaneously. While it might sound as if a reader might get lost in the maze of plots, the tale is crafted so well that the action moves at a brisk pace with returning frequently to other action so as to keep characters fresh in the reader’s mind.
The Cairo Code was originally published as The Sands of Sakkara published in 1999. Originally, having owned The Sands of Sakkara, I was hoping that the author not only wrote more action and suspense into the book, but also removed the foul language. In The Cairo Code, there are very few uses of foul language, and while there are no explicit sex scenes some descriptions of female northern body parts were mentioned. The descriptions distracted from the story being told and frankly were embarrassing to read each time they appeared in the book.
I really enjoy fiction when written with historical settings, time frames and people. I love suspense and the tension of all that occurs in catching spies, saving lives, action scenes and more. While set during President Roosevelt’s term in office, most of the scenes occur overseas due to a conference planned with Winston Churchill. Frankly, those two men would put any novel on my radar as with any historical novel. I just wish the author would not have made so many references to female bodies. It isn’t because I am unaware of what went on during war, but it did not need to be mentioned.
Personally, I am disappointed as I know the author is very talented and I would love nothing better than suggest you read the novel. However, it is sad to say that I cannot on this novel.
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