The Spies of Warsaw (Night Soldiers #10)
What started as a snack turned into a meal and then into a banquet. I am now working on my seventh Furst book a la Kindle.
If Le Carre approaches the point of departure where "spy thriller" become serious literatire, Furst easlily transcends it.
His heroes are all Liberals. In the classic sense of the term. They hate Hitler and Stalin equally. I am down with every one of them.
Furst pretty much writes the same book over and over -- and...more
And yet. I still very much enjoyed this read. Although I say it was not as well developed I mean that in terms of complexity. As novels go the story itself developed nicely as he spent the first half of the novel developing the plot, characters and the budding romance. I was intrigued by all of this but then in the final half it bec...more
The protagonist, Colonel Mercier (the French military attachė in Poland) is running a spy within the German armaments industry, hoping to learn what Germany’s war plans are in regard to France. Everything is based on partial informat...more
What I like about Furst's novels is that he puts me in a time and place with memorable effect. When I finished "The Spies of Warsaw" I felt as if I'd been living in Warsaw in the late '30s. A map of the city is even included. I enjoyed referring to it, not a distraction, a...more
John Le Carre, master that he is, has never written a character I've been able to warm up to. Ice water in the veins. A certain lack of flesh and blood. Alan Furst, though not the stylist that Le Carre is gives us warm blooded characters - many of whom I've actually liked, and who I wo...more
This book is set predominantly in Warsaw, Poland, between 1937-38. A country caught between Communist Russia on one side and an increasingly militant Germany on the other. Our hero is Mercier, th...more
The blueprint is the same as in 'Balkans,' although the protagonist with a code of honor, a French military attache named Jean-François Mercier, is already in deep into espionage at the beginning of t...more
This is _transparent_ storytelling: you aren't aware of words on the page, or the author's cleverness, or any of that postmodern meta bullshit. The story takes hold of you on the first page, and doesn't let go until you finish (wishing it would never end).
Furst is a great novelist, a serious novelist (like Graham Greene); his th...more
This is the third or fourth Hurst wartime novel I have read and I already recognised some of the types of character. The hero is from an upper class French family, polite, restrained but languidly attractive to women, he overcomes his depression and uncertainties to be actively heroic, willing to give up his life in situations where he assesses the sacrifice is more important. The women are more vulnerable, dependent on men and not impacti...more
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...more
"He looked, ..., he thought, like some lost soul sentenced to live in a Russian novel."
Anna Szarbek, lawyer with the League of Nations. Escort for diplomatic function.
Night recon in SW Poland, near Katowice, Mercier finds a buried tank trap, a sign that Germany has switched from a defensive posture to an offensive one.
A kiss with Anna.
Another recon, on Raven Hill, (Rabenhugel). NM observed a technique to get tanks through a for...more
There are any number of reasons to like this novel - the well-constructed and suspenseful plot, the beautiful descriptions of Warsaw and other parts of Europe, and the diplomatic...more
But that's just the start. As with any Furst novel, the plot is subtle and evocative. There is romance, intrigue...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