Cairo Mon Amour

Cairo Mon Amour

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Pages: 
356
£6.29
ISBN:
9781787102231
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Cairo 1973. British intelligence agent Lucy Vickers is on the run, her cover blown. Her colleague Mark Bellamy has just dumped a dead policeman and a Mercedes in the Nile. Can the former lovers salvage the secret mission that has brought them together on the eve of war with Israel? Or are they throwaway players in a game of Cold War politics?As Lucy and Mark are reeled into a net of treachery, there is only one person to turn to: The enigmatic Egyptian-Armenian private eye Pierre Farag, who seems to be a step ahead of their every move.Cairo Mon Amour is a gripping Cold War thriller and a poignant love story, woven around the first days of the Yom Kippur War.
Campbell

Stuart
Campbell

Stuart Campbell is a former university Pro-Vice Chancellor and Professor of Linguistics. Nowadays he writes quirky novels about love, betrayal and redemption. Stuart was born in London but has lived in Sydney for many years.

Reviews

by
Anthony Carilla
5
A good friend once told me that good books always teach you something. I learnt many new things whilst reading Cairo Mon Amour not the least an understanding of what life must've been like in Cairo in the seventies. I've never been to Cairo and its image was well projected in my mind. Stuart Campbell skilfully weaves a well researched, very interesting and entertaining story. The only problem was that it finished at the moment it was meant to continue. It got me.
by
David Carrington
4
A new and fresh writer in a well tried and tested milieu - the spy novel - who brings a new perspective. Faintly redolent of John Le Carre at his best, Campbell weaves a pleasingly complicated tale with ordinary people at its heart but surrounded by all the clandestine double-dealing and cynical behaviour of characters from the British secret services to shady characters in the teeming world of Cairo, in the 70's. Campbell has a special gift for evoking vividly realistic pictures of people and places. A great read and un-put-down-able towards the end...
by
Russell Darnley
0
Stuart Campbell has crafted a richly faceted novel taking full advantage of Cairo as an ancient centre of cultural and linguistic confluence. He weaves a tale of intrigue and duplicity that, through his descriptive brilliance, takes the reader beyond the façade of material culture into the complex histories and geopolitical realities of the region. An occasional visitor to Cairo I found his descriptions of the city and its precincts astutely and artistically rendered. Whether in affluent Zamaleck or el-Arfra (the City of the Dead) he engages us allowing us to walk with his characters entering, as it were, an impressionistic Cairo transformed by the emotions and plight of the players. His work reveals familiar places, at a different time and under different social and political circumstances. Though a sometimes a reluctant reader of fiction Cairo Mon Amour held my attention to the end. It has its heroes and its villains often with a little villainy in the heroes and heroism in the villains. But who are the heroes and the villains? Why has Bellamy been sent to Cairo in the first place? Is his great love really a Soviet spy? Is MI6 the real villain or the Egyptian army or the Israelis? What of the crafty Pierre? His work makes thorough use of the Cold War back drop. Politically this is not some simple monochromatic rendition of Cold War dynamics but an intriguing and believable story set against the imminent outbreak of hostilities as Egypt prepares to take back control of the Suez canal and the Sinai. Now when fundamentalism have taken all too prominent a role in the world, his treatment of the Abrahamic religions, their diversity and their consonance, is a timely reminder that those of us who follow such paths all have so much in common.

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