Escape to Aswan provides an interesting dive into Egyptian culture against a backdrop of civil unrest.


The Description

Publication Date: April 18, 2023

On a brief visit to Cairo to support an investigation her fiancé, a Jewish American journalist, has undertaken, Salma is caught up in the machinations of a new, radical Islamist group with a vendetta against her father, a man with his own dark side. A former lover and Islamist, kidnaps her. He forces her to flee with him from Cairo to Aswan in the far south of Egypt. As they navigate the backroads, Salma, a privileged Egyptian-American, finds herself hiding under a burqa, running desert sandstorms and relying on the goodwill of poor villagers.

A page-turner, Escape to Aswan is not only a political thriller but a dramatic telling of the clashes of culture and class in the Arab world.

The Review

When Salma returned to her native Egypt for a conference, she never dreamed she’d be caught up in the crossfire of political unrest or that her journalist fiancé would be forced to betray his professional ethics.

In Escape to Aswan, author Amal Sedky-Winter illustrates life inside Egypt, where privilege can only provide a certain level of protection.

Salma has made her home in the United States with her two daughters. In returning to Egypt for a visit, it’s interesting to see the contrasts. Even in the airport, she is aware that her manner of American dress sets her apart from others and notes the headscarves worn by other women.

Salma is kidnapped by a former lover turned extremist in an effort to strike back against Selma’s rich and powerful father. She gets a wake-up call as they travel from Cairo to Aswan.

Salma and Paul must decide if they can forge a future together in spite of political machinations swirling around them.

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About The AuthorLike her protagonist, the author is a bicultural, bilingual Egyptian American with extended family in Cairo and a personal stake in the issues her political thriller raises. Having been a Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and traveled throughout the Middle East on behalf of the United States Department of State and others to train Arab women for political empowerment, she knows of what she speaks.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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Escape to Aswan provides an interesting dive into Egyptian culture against a backdrop of civil unrest.4-STAR REVIEW: ESCAPE TO ASWAN by Amal Sedky-Winter