The Cairo Code, by Glenn Meade

book coverPublisher’s Overview:

The international bestseller takes you on a fast-paced, nail-biting thrill ride from the Great Pyramids in Cairo, to behind the Nazi lines in Berlin, to the very seat of democracy as our hero tries to unravel a plot that could kill FDR and Winston Churchill.

To save the Western Allies, he must kill the woman he loves…

November 1943: Adolf Hitler sanctioned his most audacious mission ever—to kill US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill while they visit Cairo for a secret conference to plan the Allied invasion of Europe, an invasion which threatens imminent defeat for Germany.

Only one man is capable of leading the defiant Nazi mission—Major Johann Halder, one of the Abwehr’s most brilliant and daring agents. He is a man with a tortured soul and a talent for the impossible. Accompanied by an expert undercover team and Rachael Stern, the young and beautiful Egyptologist, Halder must race against time across a hostile desert to reach Cairo and successfully complete the assignment, or else forfeit his life and the life of his son.

When US military intelligence hears about the plan, they assign Lieutenant-Colonel Harry Weaver, one of their best officers, to hunt down and eliminate Halder and his team. But for Weaver, as well as for Halder and Stern, there’s more than the balance of war and the lives of the Allied leaders at stake—a pact of love and friendship will be tested in the frantic, high-stakes chase to the death.

Based on a real attempt to kill the President, The Cairo Code is a breathless, suspenseful thriller—a heart-wrenching tale of friendship, love, and treachery set against the exotic and intriguing backdrop of wartime Egypt.

My Take:

I first came across Glenn Meade last year when I read The Last Witness. It was an immensely powerful novel, so I was happy to be offered the chance to read and review The Cairo Code. What I didn’t know until I opened it was that it previously published as The Sands of Sakkara in 1999. I don’t mind since I’ve not read anything else by Meade, but caveat lector…

The novel starts with a reporter tracking down Harry Weaver after a body in a Cairo morgue is identified as Johann Halder. The only problem is that Halder supposedly died in 1943. After verifying the reporter’s credentials, Weaver starts telling his story and readers are taken back to 1939 and a friendship interrupted by the onset of war.

If I had to judge The Cairo Code purely as Christian fiction then it would rate incredibly low. Howard Books is Simon & Schuster’s “primary imprint for faith-based books”, but I couldn’t spot anything in this book to qualify it as such. There are some distinctly non-Christian goings-on in the narrative with violence, theft, adultery, scenes in bordellos, etc. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who only reads Christian fiction.

As an historical thriller, however, I have to say that I loved it. The Cairo Code is full of action and tense moments. There are great descriptions of 1940s Egypt and it’s detailed enough that I could see the scenes taking place in my mind. The characters are written in such a way that there are obvious good and bad guys, and also those you can’t help liking even though you know you shouldn’t because they’re the enemy. Additionally, there’s a stunning twist toward the end that I NEVER saw coming!

Thank you to Howard Books for my complimentary copy of Cairo Code, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

Have you read The Cairo Code? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.


Publisher: Howard Books (a division of Simon & Schuster)

Publication Date: 19 April 2016

Page Count: 592

Read more on:   Glenn Meade’s Website   Howard Books’ Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Books-a-million


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