City of the Sun, a historical novel written by Juliana Maio, is set in Cairo in 1941. Once known as “Paris on the Nile”, Cairo was a vibrant city with a diverse population that included Jews, the British, as well as the Egyptians. Add the budding Muslim Brotherhood, a king, German spies and World War II to the mix and the city became a hot bed of activity.
Perhaps in a different time and place Mickey’s and Maya’s paths would not have crossed. Mickey, an American journalist, found himself on the verge of being expelled from Cairo when he was offered an unusual proposition by the Americans. They wanted him to find a Jewish nuclear scientist who is believed to be in Cairo. It became apparent that the Americans were not the only ones looking for him. A chance meeting leads Mickey into a relationship with Maya, a Jewish refugee. From the beginning, neither was in a position to be honest with each other as to who they really were. The relationship was shrouded in mystery with almost no hope for a good outcome. Little did they know the danger they would find themselves in.
The well written novel offers a great deal to the reader: mystery, intrigue, espionage and a healthy does of romance. Cairo and the well developed characters come alive in this interesting and exciting story.
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