The Last Secret
by Christian Jacq
"Do you want to know who you really are? Be in Cairo in a fortnight, on 28 April 1951"
read the mysterious letter. Successful American lawyer Mark Wilder cannot resist, and
combines some time off with what he thinks might be a fun sightseeing tour, but probably a
wild goose chase. Instead he is dropped into a maelstrom of secrets and conspiracies to
protect an ancient treasure.
If you are a fan of Christian Jacq’s absorbing novels set in Ancient Egypt then you will
probably be intrigued that he has branched out into a currently popular fiction sub-genre.
If you are also a fan of novels like
The Da Vinci Code,
then you will be settling down for another helping of ancient mysteries and modern conspiracies.
As a keen reader of the former but not the latter I was intrigued and, although I am never
going to seek out this type of thing, I was impressed by what he did with it. This novel
is set against the backdrop of Cairo under Farouk, and Wilder gets himself embroiled in the
political situation which was well researched, and made fascinating reading. Offsetting the
realism of a country in trouble was the supernatural aspect, complete with strange artifacts
from the distant past, visions and paranormal beings dispensing wisdom and/or death. This
was certainly exciting, a chase to find the lost treasure, beat the baddies (including the
CIA and local police) and restore order to Egypt. Jacq can pace a book well, and interweaves
a period not often written about with a popular plot device.
Simon and Schuster UK
2 February 2009
1847373712 / 9781847373717
Thriller / 1951 Egypt
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Rachel A Hyde