The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett

Ken Follett is one of my all time favourite authors and one I would aspire to be like if I were a writer.

His works are meticulously plotted, clever and historically accurate.

Ken Follett is truly a master of the craft of fiction writing. And one of his finest works is ‘The Key to Rebecca’.

A clever thriller set during World War Two in the sands of North Africa. A ruthless spy, Alex Wolff, is Erwin Rommel’s ace in the hole. But he is tracked relentlessly by British officer called Vandam who is assisted by a beautiful woman, Elene.

The Key to Rebecca is well worth a read and is one of the finest thriller novels I have enjoyed.

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The best thriller and fiction writers available!

I have many favourite authors of spy novels, crime and thrillers. There are the older greats of the writing world and many new entrants who have immense talent. Some of my favourites include: John Verdon, Jo Nesbo, Ian Rankin, Agatha Christie, James Ellroy, Michelle Rowe, Hjorth Rosenfeldt, James Lee Burke, J. D. Robb, Philip Kerr, Karin Slaughter, Ragnar Jonasson, Maurizio De Giovanni and Peter James.

Other great writers and books are:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Hour of the Wolf by Hakan Nesser

Alex by Pierre Lemaitre

Heartstone by C J Sansom

The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton

Innocent by Scott Turow

Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason

Frozen Moment by Camilla Ceder

Djibouti by Elmore Leonard

The Collini Case by Ferdinand von Schirach

Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas

Splinter by Sebastian Fitzek

An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

Cell 8 by Roslund & Hellstrom

The Vault by Ruth Rendell

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

In Memory of David’s Buick by Bob Saar

August Heat by Andrea Camilleri

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen

Someone to Watch Over Me by Yrsa Sigurdadottir

Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer

Critical Mass by Sara Paretsky

A Delicate Truth by John le Carré

The Frozen Dead by Bernard Minier

Bed of Nails by Antonin Varenne

A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming

Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor

61 Hours by Lee Child

Ghostman by Roger Hobbs

Darkside by Belinda Bauer

Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves

See Glass by Ido Graf

The House at Sea’s End by Elly Griffiths

Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson

A Deniable Death by Gerald Seymour

Camino Winds by John Grisham

Win by Harlan Coben

The Fox by Frederick Forsyth

The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco

Truth by Peter Temple

One of my last all time favourite is the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Thrillers and fiction generally has been taken to new heights by companies such as Netflix and Amazon.

Many authors who are listed above are very popular and they have been translated into many other languages such as French, German, Spanish and Japanese.

Why not pick up a book from one of these great writers and spend a few hours enjoying being with yourself and the author.

Win by Harlan Coben

Win by Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben is a world class thriller writer whos novels have been adapted for the the silver screen by Netflix Studios.

This book features his new hero Windsor Horne Lockwood III, or Win as he is known.

An heiress, Patricia Lockwood, was kidnapped two decades previously. She escaped along with those who captured her. .The proceeds of the robbery went unfound.

Then a New York recluse murdered in his penthouse apartment. Items at the crime scene throw light on the Lockwood kidnapping and on another another FBI cold case. They implicate one man.

Windsor Horne Lockwood III or ‘Win’ has no idea how his suitcase and his family’s stolen Vermeer ended up in the dead man’s apartment. When the FBI tell him that the perpetrator who is still at large and who kidnapped his cousin may also be a terrorist his interest is ignited.

Other writers have said of Harlan Coben that he:

‘…is the modern master of the hook and twist’ Dan Brown

‘…never ever lets you down’ Lee Child

‘…is one of the world’s finest thriller writers’ Peter James

You can’t beat reviews like that from some of the other world best selling authors.

Harlan Coben is a superb writer and I look forward to every new fiction book he writes.

Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett

The eye of the needle by Ken Follett

The eye of the needle by Ken Follett

The Eye of the Needle is a WWII spy thriller written by Ken Follett. The fiction novel was first published in 1978 by Penguin and was originally called Storm Island. This book was Follett’s first success and in 1979 he won the Edgar Award for Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America.  The novel was made into a film in 1981 with Donald Sutherland.

During WWII the Allies tried to convince the Nazis that the D-Day landings were to be at Calais and not in Normandy. They made up a fictitious First United States Army Group (FUSAG) to this end, with fake tanks, buildings and dummy radio traffic to give the impression of an army ready to land at Calais.   In 1940 London Henry Faber is a German spy, called the needle, die Nadel’ in German, named for the stilleto knife he uses to kill people. Faber kills his landlady after she catches him making a radio call to Germany. The espionage novel tells of David and his wife Lucy. He is an ex-RAF pilot who is diabled and they have moved to Storm Island off the coast of Scotland.

MI5 has recruited or hanged all German spies except Faber who is very cunning.  Godliman and his assistant Bloggs work for MI5 and are trying to catch him.

Faber is sent by the Nazis to check FUSAG is real and he finds in fact that it is a deception. Faber then heads to Scotland to rendevous with a German Uboat to escape with the information back to Germany. Faber is tracked to Scotland by MI5. After stealing a boat to get to the sub he is shipwrecked on Storm Island.   David and Lucy care for him but he kills David after he finds out about him being a spy. Lucy, who was unhappy in her marriage is getting out of the bath and about to put on her lingerie when Faber walks in and sees her naked. After this they fall for each other and Lucy sleeps with Faber Lucy finds her husband’s body and realizes that Faber has killed him.   Faber tries to radio the Nazis information about FUSAG but Lucy blows the electricity in the cottage to cut the radio. Unable to send a radio message and unable to kill Lucy who he now loves, Faber tries to escape down the cliff to swim to the waiting U-boat. Lucy throws a rock down on him and after one hits him he falls to his death.

The RAF then attack the Uboat. MI5 send a false radio message with Faber’s call sign to trick the Germans into believing that the invasion will be at Calais. Bloggs comforts the Lucy and then eventually gets married to her.

Ken Follett is an enthrawlling writer and I would strongly recommend his novels to you.

If you enjoy The Eye of the Needle then try See Glass by Ido Graf on Amazon. One of the best espionage books.

The Eye of the Needle hè un thriller spia di a Seconda Guerra Mundiale scrittu da Ken Follett. U rumanzu di fizzione hè statu publicatu per a prima volta in u 1978 da Penguin è era chjamatu à l’origine Storm Island. Stu libru hè statu u primu successu di Follett è in u 1979 hà vintu u Premiu Edgar per a Migliore Novella di i Scrittori Misteri di l’America. U rumanzu hè statu fattu in un filmu in u 1981 cù Donald Sutherland.

Durante a Seconda Guerra Mondiale l’Alliati anu pruvatu à cunvince i Nazis chì l’atterrissimi di u ghjornu D avianu da esse in Calais è micca in Normandia. In questu scopu, anu fattu un fittiziu Primu Gruppu di l’Armata di i Stati Uniti (FUSAG), cù falsi serbatoi, edifici è trafficu radio fittiziu per dà l’impressione di un’armata pronta à sbarcà in Calais. In u 1940 Londra Henry Faber hè un spia tedescu, chjamatu agulla, more Nadel ‘in alimanu, chjamatu per u cultellu stilleto ch’ellu usa per tumbà a ghjente. Faber tomba a so padrona di casa dopu ch ella u chjappi fendu una chjama à a radiu in Germania. U rumanzu di spionaghju conta di David è di a so moglia Lucy. Hè un ex-pilotu di a RAF chì hè diablatu è si sò trasferiti in Storm Island à a costa di a Scozia.

MI5 hà recrutatu o impiccatu tutti i spii tedeschi eccettu Faber chì hè assai astutu. Godliman è u so assistente Bloggs travaglianu per MI5 è cercanu di cattallu.

Faber hè mandatu da i Nazis per verificà chì FUSAG hè reale è trova in fattu chì hè un ingannu. Faber poi si dirige in Scozia per rendevous cun un Uboat tedescu per fughje cù l’infurmazioni in Germania. Faber hè tracciatu in Scozia da MI5. Dopu avè arrubatu una barca per ghjunghje à u sottumessu hè naufragatu in Storm Island. David è Lucy si primuranu di ellu ma ellu tomba à David dopu ch’ellu hà sapiutu ch’ellu era un spia. Lucy, chì era infelice in u so matrimoniu, esce da u bagnu è hè in traccia di mette a so biancheria quandu Faber entra è a vede nuda. Dopu questu si lampanu l’uni per l’altri è Lucy dorme cun Faber Lucy trova u corpu di u so maritu è ​​capisce chì Faber l’hà tombu. Faber prova à trasmette l’infurmazioni naziunali nantu à FUSAG ma Lucy soffia l’elettricità in a casetta per taglià a radio. Incapace di invià un missaghju radio è incapace di tumbà Lucy chì avà ama, Faber prova à scappà per a scogliera per natà finu à l’U-boat chì aspetta. Lucy lancia una roccia nantu à ellu è dopu à unu u colpisce, cade à morte.

Dopu a RAF attacca u Uboat. MI5 manda un falsu missaghju radio cù u segnu di chjama di Faber per ingannà i tedeschi à crede chì l’invasione serà in Calais. Bloggs cunsuleghja Lucy è dopu si marita cun ella.

Ken Follett hè un scrittore appassiunante è vi raccomanderei vivamente i so rumanzi.

Se vi piace L’Ochju di l’Aguila allora pruvate See Glass di Ido Graf nant’à Amazon. Unu di i migliori libri di spionaggio.

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