Wednesday, 2 April 2014
City of the Sun by Juliana Maio
Then amidst this tale of espionage there is Maya, a young and beautiful refugee who has secrets of her own. Mickey has no way of knowing how closely their stories will become entwined or whether he will ever really get to know this mysterious woman.
The scene of Cairo in 1941 was atmospheric and well presented in this book and it’s exoticism was well portrayed. It was obvious that the author has spent time there as her descriptions appeared accurate. I do not know a lot about the situation in Egypt during the war and I enjoyed learning more about this in this easy to read novel.
The main characters developed nicely and were both likeable and believable. The author cleverly directed our sympathies to the correct characteristics of the main players and she did it well.
The plot is well paced and contains all the exciting elements that I would have expected in a novel of murder, spying and espionage. Each chapter left me wanting to know more and keen to move on to the next chapter.
Overall, I enjoyed this book but it was spoilt for me by an unnecessary sex scene which really did not need to be there and was completely surplus to the plot. Having got to know the characters fairly well by this point it seemed very out of character for one of them and I think this did nothing to add credence to what was otherwise an entertaining spy thriller with a bit of romance thrown in. It is worth a read but certainly is not going to make it onto my best books list.
ISBN: 978 1626340510
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group
Price (based on today’s Kindle price on Amazon.co.uk): £4.92
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