The Cairo Affair: Olen Steinhauer

Not my first reading of this one. I always love when Steinhauer features Hungary somehow in his work, but this one speaks to me because I was living in Libya during the time the book is set (and we see now how that turned out (badly).

Good character work by Steinhauer here: almost all the people initially appear as sympathetic characters, but we soon find out how much damage they do to others. Somehow, we still sympathize with them nevertheless.

The Alexander Cipher: WIll Adams

Decent story revolving around archaeology, Egypt, Macedonia and Alexander the Great marred by the hero twice risking life and career to rescue helpless women strangers. Shouldn’t we have gotten past the old, damsel-in-distress-needing-rescue trope in this day and age?