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Passenger to Frankfurt

3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  3,524 ratings  ·  226 reviews
Title: Passenger to Frankfurt Binding: Paperback Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS
Paperback, 363 pages
Published 2003 by Harper (first published January 1st 1970)
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Peter
"I hate to say it, but this was terrible. Dear Agatha was really losing it. Laughably, this is subtitled ""an Extraganza"", but it's more like a disaster.

Passenger is one of her thrillers, although the word hardly applies. Set in 1970, it starts out promisingly with unambitious diplomat Sir Stafford Nye accepting a daring proposal from the beautiful and enigmatic Countess Renata in the Frankfort airport. The next 100 pages are engaging as he tries to track down this woman, avoids some near death...more
Anushka
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What in the world was this! I disliked this book from the very first page itself.
I'm no one to question Agatha Christie but this book was totally ridiculous. It was supposed be to espionage but was reduced to an utter pile of fail. I really, really don't want to disrespect the Queen of Crime but Passenger to Frankfurt was boring, and along with being pointless it was also plotless.

It started off with a diplomat being asked to lend his identity to a w...more
Colleen
Weird, weird, weird. You could tell based on the preface and the strange pleading to the reader that this COULD all happen and that Christie had stewed long and hard on this, but really it was her way outside her element. The book is like an old woman's paranoid treatise, so guess mildly interesting just for that odd window to Christie's view of 1970.

I kind of skipped thru the Benvo part, because it didn't really make sense and was a terrible idea. Then the revelation of Juanita (who I actually...more
Texbritreader
A Cold War spy thriller/mystery from Agatha Christie and a perfect example of the author at her worst. After a far fetched but decent opening gambit, the first part of the novel descends to a catalog of the trouble with "young people" circa 1970, and a lot of improbable conspiracy theories about what was behind then current political and social movements. Christie was clearly at odds with the values and ideas of the era and it infects her book with a strange, paranoid flavor that seems very funn...more
Laurel Young
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Narrelle
Christie attempts a James Bond style story, complete with outré villains and globe trotting protagonists. It's almost spec fic with its near-future revolutions and social engineering.

Sadly, it's overblown, vague waffle predicated on a premise of OMG YOUNG PEOPLE! and I BLAME NAZIS!! Most characters speak in almost the same voice, though Aunt Matilda and Stafford Nye manage to rise above the general mess. The villains may be outré but that's no substitute for actual characterisation.

Only a few...more
Leslie
I feel sad giving only 1 star to an Agatha Christie novel, as I have found almost every other book I've read of hers really intriguing. Passenger to Frankfurt is definitely of a different genre than the rest of her novels. It is more a book about politics and social commentary than the typical whodunnit that she is known for. I really couldn't get into the plot, nor could I even understand what was going on half the time because the story seemed to jump around a lot and lose focus. The only reas...more
Elizabeth Tangora
Super, super weird, even for a Christie novel. For one: no mystery, just a bizarrely convoluted story of international 70s-style intrigue involving a well-born British guy who likes wearing capes, a nefarious plot to get students to overthrow all governments, Wagner's Ring symbolism, an evil Nazi blonde hunk, and (spoiler!) Hitler living a secret life in Argentina where I guess nobody recognizes him in even one instance over the course of 30 years. Oh, and a wedding at the end! (I won't say who,...more
Grey Wolf
This was a strange book. The first time I read it when I was 17 I was all like "Wow, Agatha Christie has written an alternate history story about NAZIS!" and then I read it again a couple of years ago and all of its flaws shone through.

The plot starts off reasonably simple but soon gets crazily convoluted. The logic of many of the characters' positions is hard to grasp. And the solution decided upon to deal with the emergency is more extreme than the Nazi revivalists are themselves!

One gets the...more
Phayvanh
This is the reason Madame Christie isn't known for her political intrigue novels. There is no suspense here. But not because she has no plot. But because she has no idea how international spies talk or act or think. Their conversations do not amount to anything. For this reason alone, the book sucks.

I got half way through before I realized that Christie was figuring out the story on the page. None of the original details that support her best works, none of the mind boggling twists and turns th...more
Abhishek
By the time I finished the book I was astonished by the turn of events. This was the first novel by Mrs. Christie that hasn't gone well with me. And I think for that Mrs. Christie herself is to be blamed entirely. Firstly for choosing espionage as the center theme for this book. And secondly for writing this book.

Well if anything, one thing is assured and that's espionage is not Mrs. Christie forte. As much as I appreciate Mrs. Christie's work, this book fails to impress at all.

This book begins...more
Jessie
Feb 03, 2012 Jessie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: rabid Agatha Christie fans
Warning! Mild Spoilers!

An insouciant and debonair young diplomat, a beautiful girl in danger, Cold War espionage still raging amidst the turmoil of student unrest, economic volatility and political instability - and that's just chapter one. Throw in a world-wide conspiracy of anarchist youth, a mysterious cabal of business leaders, Adolph Hitler, and a miracle drug and you have "Passenger to Frankfurt."

At first I thought "This is rather dated and not standing up well to the test of time." Then I...more
Sara
So, I am a die-hard Agatha Christie fan. My mom and I started watching the Joan Hickson Miss Marple series when I was a child. I have almost all of the Agatha Christie adaptations that are out on DVD. I have read almost all of her books. Passenger to Frankfurt was one that I had missed. Now I know why.

Christie is a crime queen. There is no denying that. She scripts an amazing who-done-it. She writes charming detectives. She is not, however, a master of the spy novel, which is what this book ost...more
Jean
Sep 01, 2011 Jean rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jean by: I had it in my collection.
This book by Agatha Christie was different from the murder mysteries. It was written in 1970 and reminded me of Buchan's "Thirty-nine Steps", in that it was an adventure story where the aims of the people involved were unclear to me, and therefore fairly meaningless. The best part of the book was the quotation by Jan Smuts preceding the story: "Leadership, besides being a great creative force, can be diabolical..." I thought that this quotation could be applied to quite a few diabolical leaders,...more
Christina
Among Agatha Christie's worst, if not the worst she's written. It's possible that I enjoyed this book so little because I'm used to wonderful stuff from her, but I thought this book was boring, overly complicated, and disjointed. She is clearly making some kind of political commentary on the fall of modern society, but it is very muddled and her "solution" is not only unconvincing and contrived, but downright problematic. Unfortunately, this book puts her in the company of second-rate (if not th...more
Alberto
Unreadable tripe. It doesn't make any sense.

"The news from France is bad. The news from Italy is bad." She doesn't know enough to make up something halfway plausible, so it's all gibberish.

Cuba, Argentina and Brazil form a fascist cooperative? Wtf? She doesn't seem to know the difference between a hippie and a skinhead, a communist and a nazi. Oh noes, it's the youths!!!

How does it even get resolved? Are the "bad guys" stopped? We don't know because there is no ending; the book just comes to a...more
Allison
Of all the Christie I've read, this is definitely my least favorite. I wish I could give it 1-1/2 stars, as it started out pretty well, but it then deteriorates into nonsensical, idealogical tripe about the possibilities of neo-Nazism in a materialistic world. And it just suddenly ends. Barely any suspense/mystery, and what mystery there was, I didn't care about at all. I can't believe Agatha Christie wrote this, in fact.
Troy Blackford
I don't think I understood what happened by the end of the book -- and from some things others have said, I don't think my experience was unusual. Oh well, she was 80 when she wrote this one. The prose is snappy and clear, unlike 'Elephants Can Remember,' from years later, but the story of 'Elephants' was more coherent.
Sanya Weathers
I love Agatha Christie, in no small part because each of her books are these delightful little time capsules of a place and time... and those places and times range from just after WW1 up to the 1970s.

I don't usually love her world-conspiracy novels, just because they're too terribly thriller-ish. Super villains stalking the halls of power. financiers playing deep games, blah blah blah. She's much better when she's rocking the small towns, the human psychology, the observational humor. These? T...more
Joanna
This was not the book I assumed it would be. There were political rants and lots of important men having important meetings. The diplomat seemed like a jerk. I just wanted someone to commit a murder and then someone else to solve it.
Anurasika
Wow, an Agatha Christie I couldn't finish due to skanky politics and race issues. I am less hardened to her issues than I thought.
Also, goodreads needs an 'abandoned' shelf to put next to 'to read' and 'read'
Zack Urlocker
I had read other reviews that were critical of this book but I supposed they did not like the espionage genre. Unfortunately I was wrong. It's a weak and inconsistent book. The themes (a world going wrong, nefarious plots etc) are excellent and the characters are ok. But the plot is where things fall down. It starts off with a fast pace but doesn't sustain it. The further you get into the book it starts to deteriorate. I won't say it's absurd and some of the ideas were not necessarily cliche'd w...more
Sonia Gomes
Agatha Christie should never ever attempt thrillers !
Estefânia Botelho
Razões da escolha do livro: Oferta Editora Asa e desafio do mês de Setembro.
Proveniência: Editora Asa/ a minha biblioteca.
A minha Opinião:
“Esta história é na sua essência uma fantasia. Não pretende ser mais do que isso. (…) Mas a maioria das coisas que nela se passam acontece (…) no mundo de hoje. (…) Não é uma história impossível, apenas fantasiosa”.p.15
Este é um livro diferente do que Agatha Christie nos habituou: não é um policial, é antes um thriller de suspense e espionagem.
Esta leitura nã...more
Laura
Sir Stafford Nye isn’t exactly bored. And he doesn’t lead a dull life – take now for instance. He’s on his way home from a diplomatic visit to Malaya. It wasn’t very interesting, really, but it’s better than doing nothing. It was also better than waiting in a terminal for a re-routed flight to begin…

Suddenly Sir Stafford is jolted out of his apathy. A beautiful young woman is asking for his help. But rather than calling upon him to fight for her, she wants him to do a few simple things – leave h...more
Paul Haspel
Passenger to Frankfurt is not what many readers might expect from an Agatha Christie novel; it is not a whodunit, and Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are nowhere to be found. Rather, Passenger to Frankfurt is a spy novel whose main character, a British diplomat named Sir Stafford Nye, impulsively helps a mysterious woman at Frankfurt Airport by giving her his passport and cloak, and is thereby plunged into the proverbial web of intrigue and deception. At times, Passenger to Frankfurt seems like a...more
Jason
Honestly, in anyone else's hands this would be a one-star book. But because Christie was such a masterful writer, she makes even her strangest ideas (a return of fascism spread across the globe) tolerable.

My expectations for this book were low - her books from the late 60s and 70s are generally panned (with the exception of Sleeping Murder and Curtain which she had actually written years earlier). So I wasn't disappointed, but I admit I still wasn't impressed. It was just not a gripping concept,...more
Hal
The interesting story in this thriller seems to be happening somewhere else, always in locations the reader or characters are not. The major problem with the plot is that events that move the story along rarely occur in the scenes where the point-of-view character is, with the exception of the meeting of "The Passenger" and some parts near the end. Hearing about how the world is coming to pieces through pretentious characters that are sitting in comfortable sofas smoking pipes does not make for...more
Eric Townsend
My first foray into the world of Agatha Christie, Passenger to Frankfurt was like stepping into a time machine back to a completely different style of writing and perhaps way of thinking as well. I found a few of Christie’s books in a book sale at a library nearby a few months back and decided that now was as good a time as any to read one. I have of course heard of how amazing she is, and being a character in Doctor Who is always a plus in my book, so I knew that I should find out for myself wh...more
Kristopher Swinson
This was evidently somewhat out of Christie's genre--this was not localized mystery, but international espionage--and a poor introduction to her work, at that. I'll give her another chance some time, particularly as she had a finely honed quality which lingered between literary and contemporary. This was something like a very old woman's parting thoughts on the wildness of the times (see 71, 74-75, 140), and it was practically a satire. I had thought that her later work might be more refined. On...more
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