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The Key to Rebecca - Ken Follett

The Key to Rebecca

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 1981-09-01
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4
From 940 Ratings


Ken Follett’s The Key to Rebecca took readers and critics by storm when first published forty years ago. Today, it remains one of the best espionage novels ever written. 

A brilliant and ruthless Nazi master agent is on the loose in Cairo. His mission is to send Rommel’s advancing army the secrets that will unlock the city’s doors. In all of Cairo, only two people can stop him. One is a down-on-his-luck English officer no one will listen to. The other is a vulnerable young Jewish girl. . . .


  • Tense and compelling

    By XIowaNewsGuy
    Loosely based on a history, this is a gripping read with the pace quickening throughout. Characters from heroes to villains are well drawn.
  • The Key to Rebecca

    By neonpinkknitter
    The transcription in this book was apparently done by computer; numerous obvious mistakes, the most vexing of which to readers is the confusion between the names Kemel and Kernel, which apparently indicate the same character. Towards the end, as the action picks up, the writing becomes almost juvenile, simplistic and lacks the credibility of the early chapters. An exciting story but the shortcomings leave it less than credible.
  • Breathtaking!!

    By big dave L@
    I loved this spy thriller! Follett is a master at transporting the reader to the time and place of the story! What a roller coaster ride!! Right up there with eye of the needle! Follett and LeCarre are masters of this type of story telling, well done!
  • Rebecca

    By NoBrainerToMe
    This book was very similar to Eye of the Needle, With a strong woman helping to destroy the villain in a WW 2 setting. Not impressed.
  • As all Follett’s books, turns and twists.

    By Disklike Nicknames
    OK ending.
  • A very good book.

    By Nightraider39
    There is a lot of action and overall, it is a thrilling experience. There are some rated R moments, so this might not be for the little kids.
  • The Key to Rebecca

    By Iowaboy68
    You’d never know this was Follett - pure rubbish.
  • The Key to Rebecca

    By defender of the hidden heroes
    I’ve been reading Ken Follett novels for years. My first was Eye of the Needle and I’ve been hooked ever since. The detail, the characters and their development bring you right to heart of the story and the frustrations of war. The Key to Rebecca spoke to the determination of both sides intent on winning the matter the cost.
  • Key to Rebbeca

    By jak328
    Starts out strong but then two thirds through becomes predictable
  • Good

    By Ddsssaop
    A rare masterpiece from a great writer.