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Dark Voyage: A Novel Paperback – May 31, 2005
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“[Furst] glides gracefully into an urbane pre—World War II Europe and describes that milieu with superb precision.”
–JANET MASLIN, The New York Times
“Densely atmospheric and genuinely romantic, the novel is most reminiscent of the Hollywood films of the forties, when moral choices were rendered not in black-and-white but in smoky shades of gray.”
–The New Yorker
“Furst’s achievement is a moral one, producing a powerful testament to fiction’s ability to re-create the experience of others, and why it is so deeply important to do so.”
–NEIL GORDON, The New York Times Book Review
“Richly atmospheric and satisfying.”
–DEIRDRE DONAHUE, USA Today
From the Hardcover edition.
From the Inside Flap
"In the first nineteen months of European war, from September 1939 to March of 1941, the island nation of Britain and her allies lost, to U-boat, air, and sea attack, to mines and maritime disaster, one thousand five hundred and ninety-six merchant vessels. It was the job of the Intelligence Division of the Royal Navy to stop it, and so, on the last day of April 1941 . . ."
May 1941. At four in the morning, a rust-streaked tramp freighter steams up the Tagus River to dock at the port of Lisbon. She is the "Santa Rosa, she flies the flag of neutral Spain and is in Lisbon to load cork oak, tinned sardines, and drums of cooking oil bound for the Baltic port of Malmo.
But she is not the "Santa Rosa. She is the "Noordendam, a Dutch freighter. Under the command of Captain Eric DeHaan, she sails for the Intelligence Division of the British Royal Navy, and she will load detection equipment for a clandestine operation on the Swedish coast-a secret mission, a dark voyage.
"A desperate voyage. One more battle in the spy wars that rage through the back alleys of the ports, from elegant hotels to abandoned piers, in lonely desert outposts, and in the souks and cafes of North Africa. A battle for survival, as the merchant ships die at sea and Britain-the last opposition to Nazi German-slowly begins to starve.
"A voyage of flight, a voyage of fugitives-for every soul aboard the "Noordendam. The Polish engineer, the Greek stowaway, the Jewish medical officer, the British spy, the Spaniards who fought Franco, the Germans who fought Hitler, the Dutch crew itself. There is no place for them in occupied France; they cannot go home.
From Alan Furst-whom "The New York Times calls America'spreeminent spy novelist-here is an epic tale of war and espionage, of spies and fugitives, of love in secret hotel rooms, of courage in the face of impossible odds. "Dark Voyage is taut with suspense and pounding with battle scenes; it is authentic, powerful, and brilliant.
"From the Hardcover edition.
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In "Dark Voyage", Alan Furst returns with another installment of his (very) loosely-connected tales of World War II intrique. This time, it is 1941, and Eric DeHaan, captain of the Dutch freighter Noordendam, finds himself, his crew and his ship drafted into the service of Allied naval intelligence. Tasked with delivering secret cargoes that includce commandoes, radio equipment, and even an assassin, to dangerous ports of call, the Noordendam has only fresh paint and a false flag to protect her.
Where many of the more recent entries in Furst's "Night Soldiers" series focus on smaller efforts on the part of individuals who are often little more than desperate civilians, "Dark Voyage" takes us into combat with men who are already adventurers of a sort. This would seem to be the formula for a gripping read, but where the author's strengths remain - terse descriptions, scrupulous historical detail and elliptical character development that slowly immerses the reader in the lives of the protagonists - this novel never fully delivers. There are scenes of battle that just sort of end, and DeHaan's next mission is introduced without much detail about how the perilous situation in which his ship found itself resolved.
Likewise, there are too many moments of deus ex machina - happy coincidences that keep the story moving without the author having to work too hard to make it so. (In one scene, DeHaan is about to be mugged, or worse, but is saved by some sailors with whom he drank in a tavern. In another, he takes his ship into Soviet-occupied Latvia as a port of last resort - something that would have dire consequences for some of his crew and passengers, given the alliance between Hitler and Stalin - only for the day of the Noordendam's arrival to coincide with Germany's ill-fated decision to turn on the USSR, thereby converting Russia from an enemy to an ally overnight.
Although there are things to like, "Dark Voyage" seems disengaged and a bit formulaic. It is not a bad book, but it is far short of Furst's best work.
I am usually a fast reader but found myself saying, "wait a second.....who is that person?" or "what happened again back then?" and I would have to go back and read some parts over again more carefully. Furst doesn't explain every little thing and if you miss it things might not make sense further on in the book. So I learned quickly to read slower and put my old memory to better use. He is a most amazing writer. He draws astounding settings and characters with words in a way that few writers have the abillity to do. I thought Daniel Silva (Gabriel Allon series) was a wonderful writer of the espionage genre and Steven Pressfield (Killing Rommel, Gates of Fire)was even better but Furst is as good as Pressfield. There are a few common threads among the books, primarily Paris. But also Brassiere Henninger and the bullet hole in the mirror above Table 14 and several wonderful minor characters, S. Kolb, Mr. Brown and Count Polanyni. I am still wondering what happened to S. Kolb, last seen running down some street with no pants having given them up to some police official for his freedom since the pants had gold coins sewed in the legs.
There are many wonderful reviews for Furst's books.........way better than I can write. All I can say is that you won't be sorry to read Furst. They don't need to be read in order but you should anyway because of the common threads and because there are two Jean Casson books.
The ruse is initially successful but troubles begin when a German minesweeper notices DeHaan’s ship and decides to make a closer investigation. Furst creates a gripping scene that is rich with detail and steadily increasing tension. You won’t be able to put the book down until you learn what happens to DeHaan’s crew and the mysterious passengers who are trying to escape the dangers of their native country and find a new life elsewhere.