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Sheba
Sheba
Author: Jack Higgins
In 1939, Gavin Kane is hired to find a man who disappeared searching for the legendary Temple of Sheba, but when Kane finds the ruin, it is a Nazi stronghold--Hitler's base of operation for destroying the Suez Canal.
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ISBN-13: 9780425146705
ISBN-10: 0425146707
Publication Date: 1/1/1995
Pages: 272
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4.1 stars, based on 37 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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A manly hero. A damsel in distress. An evil set of Nazis. And everyone smokes. A decent retro adventure, "Sheba", like many of its counterparts, takes place in 1939, before the invasion of Poland sets off World War II. From a Nazi plot to blow up the Suez canal via souther Arabia, to the search for the temple of the legendary Queen of Sheba, Higgins packs in all the standard elements: treasure, romance, violence, and lots of cigarettes. Gavin Kane is a textbook hero: intelligent, resourceful and mysterious. The two female characters are right out of a 1930s movie: one is a wife looking for her missing archaeologist husband; the other, half-French and half-Arabian, who runs a multi-national business with an iron fist, yet melts into Kane's arms when needed. It's a fun read, but there's not a lot of suspense, and some of the retro attitudes, such as the women being too physically weak to walk too far or escape captors, is a little annoying. The description of the Arabs is a little stereotypical, especially Selim, one of the villains, who is prone to dramatic statements, both verbal and physical. Canaris, a German officer, is the one character I wanted more of (and was a real person); he's witty and seems to be the only character with sense. Okay, but derivative for modern readers.
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World War II Intrigue. Gavin Kane is asked to find a womans husband who has traveled into the desert of Southern Arabia. It is a page turner for such a small book 257 pages. Riveting...
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The lost Temple of Sheba is not just a biblical legend. A German achaeologist has found it. The Nazis have claimed it. And one American explorer has stumbled upon their secret - a plot that could change the course of Word War II.
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In this slick archeological thriller, Higgins (The Eagle Has Landed) reaffirms his skill as a storyteller. In 1939, with the world on the brink of war, American Arabist Gavin Kane is hired to find a missing husband. The missing husband, John Cunningham, disappeared while on a wild goose chase through the Middle East in search of the legendary Temple of Sheba. The Temple turns out to be all too real. And, unfortunately for Kane and his friends, the Nazi's have discovered the Temple first and are using it as headquarters to implement Hitler's plan to destroy the Suez Canal. The mixture of archeology and Nazism, naturally brings to mind Indiana Jones and, in fact, the book is very reminiscent of those movies. This is the kind of story where all the villains have German accents, and the heroes can survive a 30-mile hike in the desert with no water. Who cares if the characters are one-dimensional stereotypes (the dashing archeologist, the mysterious beautiful woman)? This fast-paced story has enough action and adventure to make up for any such shortcomings.
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