Book Review: Thursday at Noon by: William F. Brown

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: William F. Brown

Publish Date: June 6, 2012

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: E-book

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Cairo, 1962.  Richard Thomson is already having a very bad day when someone leaves a corpse lying on his back steps.  Its head had been lopped off like a ripe melon, left on the top step where it could look down at itself.  Thomson is a burned out CIA Agent and the body belongs to Mahmoud Yussuf, a petty Cairo thief who tried to sell him photographs of a long-abandoned RAF base in the Egyptian desert.  What the photos have to do with a dead Israeli Mossad agent, Nazi rocket scientists, the fanatical Moslem Brotherhood, and two missing Egyptian tank regiments could start the next Arab-Israeli War.  Alone and on the run, no one believes Thomson’s answers -- not the CIA, the US Ambassador, Colonel Ali Rashid of Egyptian State Security, and most assuredly not Captain Hassan Saleh, of the Homicide Bureau of the Cairo Police.

Like Night of the Generals, this is a murder mystery wrapped inside an international crisis.  Tick Tock, Tick Tock!  Something is about to blow up in Thomson’s face at Noon on Thursday.  

Review: Blending historical figures and fictional scenarios, Mr. Brown has written a exciting story in “Thursday at Noon”. Even though it is set in 1962, some of the events feel as if they could have been taken from today’s new stories. A disgraced CIA agent (Thomson) in Egypt and a Cairo police officer come together to find the truth about an alliance between Nazi SS officers and the Muslim Brotherhood to fight their mutual enemy – Jews. No one wants Thomson snooping around, but he’s doggedly entrenched now in finding the secret connections and ferreting out the evil lurking in the desert…plus discovering who truly wants him dead. There are some editorial issues, but you quickly get past them to the heart of the danger surrounding Thomson. Filled with action, suspense, and a sense of never knowing who to trust, Mr. Brown will keep you intrigued with this thrilling story.

Other Books by this author: The Undertaker, Amongst My Enemies


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