Fulfilling the dream of Lawrence of Arabia in The Line

A review of Suzanna Mitchell-Egan's novel, The Line Photo: The Line

WASHINGTON D.C., May 6, 2013 — Suzanna Mitchell-Egan, an English writer and teacher who lives in Egypt, was inspired by true events to write, The Line. It is a thriller of intrigue, corruption, passion, defiance, and standing up to make a difference in the Middle East.

Suzanna is able to discuss sensitive issues in the Middle East such as democracy and religion. She contends that Lawrence of Arabia’s unfinished dream of achieving democracy in Saudi Arabia will be completed by Wissam Bin Gidran, the hero of her story.

Suzanna Mitchell-Egan has been living in Egypt for more than six years and she has also witnessed the true events of the Arab spring. Her introduction is dedicated to the universality of human rights, the 30 articles adopted by the U.N. 1948. She has thoroughly searched the socio/political history of the Middle East, namely Saudi Arabia and Egypt, where she now lives.

Author Suzanna Mitchell-Egan

The story begins with the architect of ”the line,” Wessam Bin Gidran, remembering the assassination of his friend, prince Talal Al Rasheed, as he vows to restore the rule of Al Rasheed family to Saudi Arabia. His plan is to remove the present Wahabi regime and achieve democracy peacefully.

Suzanna’s settings and characterization is very successful. The story begins in New Zealand then moves to Saudi Arabia, London and Cairo with such vivid characters and thrilling events that are reminiscent to the James Bond adventures. The climax of the action takes place in Cairo when the January 25th revolution occurs.

Chapter 27 of The Line is entitled, Tahrir Square. This is where one of her best female characters, Naomi, witnesses the true protests as well as the famous battle of the camel. Through Naomi, Suzanna explains that although many women live in a male dominated society, they still can make important life changing decisions if only they were aware of their human rights.

Through the interesting events of the book, we learn that “The Line” is a true intelligence file already known in New Zealand where the architect lives as a refugee.

The book was well received in Cairo by different academic circles as well as activists because it was inspired by the Arab Spring. Intellectuals and activists were eager to read the book perhaps because the writer predicted that more peaceful and democratic change will take place in the Middle East.

During a Television interview known as, “the Cultural Week,” Suzanna responded positively to several sensitive questions concerning democracy happening in the Middle East especially Saudi Arabia.

Suzanna dedicated The Line to “freedom, democracy, hope and true love that will liberate us all.” The Line is an enjoyable reading experience, published the right time when different countries in the Middle East and the world can be inspired by the main theme  which is the value of democracy and human rights. 


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Anwaar Abdalla

Anwaar Abadallah Khalik Ibrahim has her Ph.D. from Ain Shams University (1999, first degree honour) and currently lectures on Civilization and Cultural Affairs for Helwan University.  Dr. Abdalla Kahlik Ibrahim also works as an official coordinator for the cultural exchange program between Helwan Uni and TSU in the USA entitled “Cultural Immersion 2011-2014.”

Additionally, Ms. Abdallah is a member of the Egyptian and Arab women’s writer’s union and the Cairo Women Association.  She is also the translator of several books published by the Ministry of Culture including Shadows on the Grass, Impossible Peace and The Secret Rapture. Dr. Ibrahim is also an accomplished author and essayist in both Arabic and English publications. 


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