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The sands of Sakkara
Meade, Glenn.
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First U.S. edition.
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New York : St. Martins Press, 1999.
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436 pages : map ; 25 cm
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Three friends torn apart by World War II find themselves drawn back together by a deadly plot involving an insidious Nazi plot to kill Roosevelt and Churchill, in this spellbinding new thriller by the author of Snow Wolf.

Author Notes

Author Glenn Meade has written "Snow Wolf," a book about the Cold War and the CIA's plan to assassinate Joseph Stalin, and "Brandenburg," a story about the taking over of Germany by a neo-Nazi group led by Hitler's son.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Fans of World War II thrillers will enjoy Meade's latest offering, which is reminiscent (but not uncomfortably so) of such classics of the genre as Higgins' Eagle Has Landed and Follett's Eye of the Needle. It's 1939. Jack, Harry, and Rachel are working at an archaeological dig in Sakkara, Egypt, when war is declared. Flash-forward to 1943. Jack is now a German intelligence officer charged with a risky mission (based loosely on historical events): return to Egypt, posing as an archaeologist, and assassinate President Roosevelt, who's meeting with Churchill in Cairo. The Americans get wind of the plan and assign Jack's old friend, Harry, to foil the plot. And Rachel? Well, let's just say she dropped out of sight in 1939, and her reappearance is a surprise to both men. For most of the novel, Meade is telling two parallel stories: Jack's infiltration of Allied territory in Egypt and Harry's investigation of the plot to assassinate Roosevelt. The proceedings move along at a good clip, and it's fun watching Jack and Harry do their best to beat each other, neither of them knowing who their enemy is. This scenario could easily have been overdone, but Meade handles it well, never letting the melodrama overwhelm the action. Despite a small slow patch near the middle and some occasionally flat dialogue, this better-than-average entry in an always-popular genre should please not only World War II buffs but also adventure fans from the Raiders of the Lost Ark school. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0312202016David Pitt

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Fate's a funny thing, Colonel," muses newshound Frank Carney to an aging war heroÄa motto that could serve as an epigraph to this leisurely, Casablancan thriller about a Nazi plot to assassinate FDR and Winston Churchill in Cairo. In the summer of 1939, Jack Halder (son of "a beautiful New York socialite mother and a wealthy Prussian father with a renowned passion for ancient Egypt") and his best friend, Harry Weaver (who grew up as the child of caretakers on Mrs. Halder's estate), meet at Sakkara, an exciting archeological dig just south of Cairo. Among Sakkara's charms is the half-Jewish German archeologist Rachel Stern. The love triangle's potential divisiveness is sidetracked by the announcement that Germany has invaded Poland. The threesome reunites in the fall of 1943, when a Nazi general sends Halder, who, though American-born, is a German citizen and secret agent, two SS officers and Rachel (as insurance) to pave the way for a commando raid that will kill the Allied leaders. Headstrong, na‹ve American intelligence officer Lt.-Col. Harry Weaver is dispatched to thwart their plans. Despite an overwhelmingly detailed narrative rife with spies, kidnappings, black marketers and aerial dogfights, there's little suspense in either the love story or the assassination attempt. Weaver and Halder always choose friendship over duty, and while their shared passion for Rachel may blind them, it never drives a wedge between them. The neatly turned final twistÄspecialty of the bestselling Meade (Brandenburg)Äresolves the romantic competition over Rachel for good, though the flash-forward of the last pages reopens the question of the epic friendship between Jack and Harry. The conclusion of the political risk the thriller imagines is, of course, foregone with Roosevelt's death in 1945. For all this, the Nazi-heavy plot and its Hollywood-exotic Egyptian backdrop capture the softest part of the imagination, rendering the story absorbing if not challenging. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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