Mission to Paris (Night Soldiers #12)
And if it comes in a package of sublimely crafted settings that conjure from history's clouds the darkening heart of 1938-39 Europe, with characters rendered as precisely as wood-block prints ("He was about fifty, Stahl guessed, with the thickening bo...more
This is a bland treatment of an intriguing plot idea. Fredric Stahl is an American movie star with Austrian roots. In the fall of 1938, he goes to Paris for a film shoot. The Nazis railroad him into serving as propaganda to boost their image.
Furst spends the first 200 pages or so introducing an endless array of new characters, treating us to boring descriptions of various films, and taking us through tedious days on the movie set with Stahl and the film crew. The last 50 pages are more...more
It is the late summer of 1938, Europe is about to explode, the Hollywood film star Fredric Stahl is on his way to Paris to make a movie for Paramount France. The Nazis know he’s coming—a secret bureau within the Reich Foreign Ministry has for years been waging political warfare against France, using bribery, intimidation, and corrupt newspapers to weaken French morale and degrade France’s will to defend herself.
For their purposes, Fredric Stahl is a perfect agent of influence, and they attack h
'His suite at the Adlon the Bismarck Suite- and there he was, in a gold frame on the wall, heroically painted with heavy white mustache and Pickelhaube spiked helmet - had all the luxuries and all the conveniences; for example a telephone in every room.' or...more
There is a formulaic quality to these books—the hero will undergo danger, hav...more
Alan Furst, says the book jacket of his newest book, Mission to Paris, is “widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel.” What we have here is a suave, elegant spy novel, not an action-filled modern car or plane chase in sight. When Austrian born actor Frederic Stahl is sent by his studio, Warner Brothers in Hollywood, to Paris to make a movie for Paramount France called Après la Guerre, he doesn’t really want to go. It is 1938 and Hitler is already marching his bully march all ov...more
Lately I've been veering more and more towards spy novels, I mean what is cooler than a little espionage and shadows creeping against an alley way through the fog from a sewer grate? So I was pumped to get into a spy thriller when I picked up A Mission To Paris. Sadly, though, I wasn't as excited when I up it down.
That isn't to say it wasn't a good book or it isn't worth reading. I loved the book and I couldn't put it down, I was just a little disappointed by the ending, and mostly because it c...more
The principal protagonist...more
Actually, in this, there is a clear hero. Fredric Stahl is a famous movie star living in Hollywood; he's originally from Vienna. In the fall of 1938, Warner Bros sends him to Paris to film a movie...more
In this latest installment from historical spy novelist Furst, we meet Fredric Stahl, an actor from Hollywood – although originally from Vienna – who has been sent by his studio to star in a European production of a new film, “Apres la Guerre.” He arrives in Paris and immediately falls in with a group of Germans who want to meet him. This is 1938, and the unrest in Europe from Germany’s saber rattling is palpable. He is surprised that Germans in the ci...more
By Alan Furst
Europe in the summer of 1938 is a flame about to burst. Arriving in Paris to film a movie, Hollywood film star, Fredric Stahl is seen by the Nazis as the perfect agent of influence and is approached by Nazi sympathizers. Horrified by the Nazi war on Jews and intellectuals he becomes part of an informal spy service run out of the American embassy.
Alive with plot, characters and atmosphere, our hero meets a countess who is a famous hostess and a Nazi supporter, two ass...more
But there is a new thread as well. And that is that the evil of totalitarianism isn't just in wars and concentration camps -- the big things -- but in small things too. The way these regimes must attack human dign...more
Alan Furst writes deeply engrossing novels of suspense about espionage in Europe in the years leading up to and during World War II. Mission to Paris, the latest of these books, is good enough to satisfy the most exacting fans of Eric Ambler and Graham Greene. It’s difficult to accept the fact that Furst grew up on the Upper West Side of New York City and now lives nearby in Sag Harbor. He lived in Europe (Paris, actually) for only a...more
Night Soldiers novels
* Night Soldiers (1988)
* Dark Star (1991)
* The Polish Officer (1995)
* The World at Night (1996)
* Red Gold (1999)
* Kingdom of Shadows (2000)
* Blood of Victory (2003)
* Dark Voyage (2004)
* The F...more