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Starred Review. Furst, master of the historical spy novel, offers this meticulously detailed and sprawling epic set at the onset of WWII. Drenched in romance and espionage and given to thrilling plot twists, the novel is beautifully realized by Daniel Gerroll, whose mastery of variously accented English dialects lends added authenticity to Furst's tale. Providing gritty and realistic German, French, and even Russian accents, Englishman Gerroll displays a natural stage presence and true performance ability. There is a subtle theatrical aspect at play here as well, creating a mysterious and enchanting atmosphere for the audience. A Random hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 14). (June)
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With The Spies of Warsaw, Furst continues to assert himself as the contemporary master of historical espionage. Although he has condensed his vision in recent efforts, Furst’s latest combines a relentless verisimilitude with intricate plotting and well-drawn characters. That attention to character, however, was a double-edged sword for critics: too much character development, and the plot suffers; too many plot twists, and the characters become cardboard cutouts. By creating atmospheric, complex, and often open-ended novels that reflect the ambivalence of the period and the humanity of characters who are too often lost to history, Furst gets high marks for remaining true to his original intention when he began writing historical espionage two decades ago.
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Alan Furst always does a first class job of re-creating Europe before World War II, a fascinating time.Published 1 month ago by R. Long
I bought this book after seeing the BBC show it was based on. This is an outstanding book that got me interested in Furst's night soldiers series - a perfect mixture of suspense... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Phil
If you appreciate elegant nuanced use of language, subtly erotic and intricate story lines you will be delighted with this book.Published 2 months ago by Thomas Lane
Furst has an amazing ability to immerse the reader in the ambiance of the era of the runup to WW2 in Europe. He doesn't modernize or sugarcoat or pander to current day attitudes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by dizzheart
At the French embassy in 1937 Warsaw, the French military attaché Colonel Mercier is trying to deal with the problem of a somewhat feckless agent, Herr Edward Uhl. Read morePublished 3 months ago by TripFiction
I enjoy fieting information in this novel with history. I like the content anf excitment this book offers.Published 4 months ago by Sandra S. Ives
Finally a novel where the heroine does not die and the hero does not get beaten up, arms broken, tortured.Published 5 months ago by Maia
Excellent spy novel. Reminds you of LeCarre but Alan Furst has a unique and refreshing style.Published 5 months ago by Sam B