The Second World War,1942, and we are taken to the African Campaign as Field Marshall Erwin Rommel edges dangerously closer to Egypt. Alex Wolff comes out of the desert, tired and and exhausted but with a mission that will turn the tides of the War and drive the English to their knees. The “Sphinx” is the code name of the Spy who begins sending secret messages to Rommel in the Desert. Major William Vandam gets wind of a spy working out of the same city he is based in. He knows the odds, if Rommel can break through then England is done for and the war is lost. Major Vandam’s Commanding Officer is career man who doesn’t like to take risks or be responsible for making a mountain out of a mole-hill. He tells Major Vandam that his ideas about a Spy are ridiculous and he should get on with his job.
After Vandam discovers the crucial key to how the messages are relayed to Rommel in the Desert, he edges closer to Alex Wolff and hopes to thwart his plan of helping Rommel’s troops to take Egypt. The tension builds and in true Ken Follet Thriller Style, we follow the yarn of a battle of wits. The dialogue is fun as Ken Follet’s Major Vandam comes across like a typical British Officer of the time. “I say, that’s jolly bad news!” Don’t let that put you off, it’s a damn fun read and quick an’ all.
I really enjoyed The Key To Rebecca and couldn’t stop reading until I turned the last page. I like Ken Follet, most of his stories are well worth the time to read,entertaining and a nice style that I think gets better as the years pass.
Next on the list is “The Man from St Petersburg” by Ken Follet. Set around 1914 as the First World War is about to break out and the Russians are trying to manipulate the Politics between the British and Germans.