Books: Revolt in Egypt

THE CRY OF THE KITE (317 pp.)—Maarten Schiemer—Bobbs-Merrill ($3.50).

Give a country a king who has become an international joke and scandal. Let it be ruled by a clique of entrenched grafters whose platform is to bleed the poor. Equip its army with inadequate and defective weapons and have its soldiers humiliatingly defeated in the field. Result: revolution. So goes the very recent history of Egypt, and so goes the theme of this first novel by Author Maarten Schiemer. The Cry of the Kite is a fictionalized account of how...