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Thursday at Noon: a Mideast Political Thriller [Kindle Edition]

William F. Brown
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From the author of Burke's War, Amongst My Enemies, and Aim True, My Brothers, and other action thrillers, it's 1962. John Kennedy is in the White House, Khrushchev is in the Kremlin, and Nasser is in Cairo. While everyone is focused on the Russian missiles in Cuba that are pointed at the US, no one notices the even more deadly ones in Egypt now pointed at Israel, no one, except Richard Thomson, a failed, burned out CIA agent who had been dumped there after his last mission blew up in his face and they couldn't think of any place worse to send him. Already gnawed on by Langley, the US Ambassador, and even the Cairo cops, he didn't think his day could get much worse until someone left a dead body on the rear steps of his hotel. Its head had been lopped off like a ripe melon and placed so it looked back down at its own body. A message? No doubt about it. But for whom? The body belongs to Mahmoud Yussuf, a fat petty thief and inept spy who is trying to sell photographs of a long-abandoned RAF base in the Egyptian desert. What those 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 or stop it. Alone and on the run, no one believes Thomson's story -- not the CIA, the US Ambassador, and most assuredly not Captain Hassan Saleh, Chief of the Homicide Bureau of the Cairo Police, who wants to hang Thomson for murder. Like Night of the Generals, this is a murder mystery wrapped inside a spy thriller and historic fiction. The sultry slums of Cairo are a tinder box of discontent and the first faint whiffs of a military coup against the shaky, new government of Abdel Gamal Nasser are in the air. In this CIA action adventure and suspense thriller, if Tomson doesn't solve the mystery, something is about to blow up in his face at Noon on Thursday. Tick Toc, Tick Toc...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8193 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: William F. Brown (12 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AMSH00
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,917 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-crafted thriller! 8 Jan. 2013
By D Brown
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William F. Brown's Thursday at Noon begins with two men - Landau and Yussuf - infiltrating an abandoned RAF base in Egypt in 1962. The base is awash with activity and while Yussuf waits by the perimeter fence, Landau returns briefly but has to quickly go back, wanting to take pictures of what is happening inside. Despite the Second World War having ended in 1945, there is a German presence at this base but what are they up to?

The novel soon switches to washed up CIA agent Richard Thomson who is often found in the nearest bar. While drinking one night he is approached by Yussuf who is trying to get some photos to a contact within the CIA. He offers to sell the pictures to Thomson who declines, not wanting to damage his career any further. Thomson is later horrified to find he is being linked to the murder of Yussuf who has been beheaded close to the hotel where Thomson is staying. Thomson has to shake off the attentions of Detective Haasen Saleh and get to the bottom of the secret at the RAF base and how an alliance between former Nazis and a Moslem Brotherhood may lead to devastation for Israel. The book's title is a deadline for when the carnage will ultimately begin and it is a frantic race against time for Thomson.

Brown's novel is a tense and fascinating journey. Thomson is a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and finds himself in serious danger. The police suspect him of murder, he's at risk of being deported, hunted and even killed. Throw in a German Rocket scientist, his beautiful daughter and a reluctant joining of forces between Thomson and Saleh and you are left with an exciting thriller filled with action and intrigue.

Thursday at Noon is a well-written and action-packed thriller from the start. Despite being set in 1962 its events are not far removed from the world we live in today. Certainly this kind of scenario is not beyond imagination. This is a thriller well worth a look.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller in historic setting 20 April 2015
By Stan
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Fast-moving and well-plotted, the setting in Nasser's Egypt in 1962 makes a change from the more usual 'Reds under the bed' CIA scenario. Maybe a bit too much action and bodies, and the nationalities are stereotyped (brutish methodical Germans; lazy and incompetent Egyptians - but also some very naive and useless Americans for a change!). Some very relevant parallels to todays unrest - Muslim Brotherhood, totally fanatical and destructive, plotting to overthrow whatever government tries to establish some order. This is after Suez, the British have gone and Nasser is in control (though not as securely as usually assumed) and the Americans are trying to play along (I assume they were not as incompetent as shown here, but you never know!). Overall, kept me up late several nights trying to guess the next twist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cairo capers 24 May 2013
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This is unusual in that the opening pages are probably the worst written, so bad I nearly stopped reading before the end of the chapter. The object of course is to present an exciting opening but it is too full of repetition, particularly about Yussuf's fear and his greed and becomes wearisome. Luckily I did persevere because it is not a bad tale, not five star and barely four but I think the characters of Thomson and Saleh save it from being totally mundane. The action is barely believable but all in all it passed a pleasant few hours and I have read much worse.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned thriller 25 July 2013
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A great thriller with a few little twists and turns not expected. set in 50s egypt made it a bit different to others.
worth a read
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5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable read 31 Dec. 2013
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First book I have read written by William F Brown, and I'm pleased to say I did really enjoy it.
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