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?

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The Cairo Affair: Olen Steinhauer

Steinhauer perfectly captures the evil and banality inherent in the ugly world of espionage and spying, disabusing us of the romantic notion that there is anything glamorous or noble about it.