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Red Gold (Night Soldiers #5)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,065 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
If you enjoy mysteries set against the rich background of World War II Europe (Philip Kerr's Berlin Noir trilogy and the fine French series by J. Robert Janes are prime examples), you should also know about Alan Furst. He began by writing such excellent, original books as Dark Star and Night Soldiers, all set in Eastern Europe. The locale then moved to Paris for The World ...more
Published (first published March 23rd 1999)
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Enjoyed this novel more than the previous book (World at Night). This continues the story of Jean Casson a film producer who becomes caught up in the French Resistence during the war.
I enjoyed the atmosphere, the time period, the descriptions of life in a "seedier" darker Paris under Occupation. I really had no idea that there were different Resistance movements in play at the time.

Overall from a reading perspective I felt that the two Casson books would have done far better being incorporated i
Brad Lyerla
Oct 06, 2010 Brad Lyerla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
RED GOLD is Furst's sequel to WORLD AT NIGHT. Jean Paul Casson, former film producer before the Nazi occupation, is in hiding from the Gestapo. He barely survives by selling his old clothes to pay the rent for the seedy Parisian hotels where he just manages to exist. Casson is a deeply sympathetic character. As he evades the Germans, he nurses a broken heart over a lost love that nearly drove him to a break down before the war.

Then he is contacted by operatives for De Gaulle's loyalist party. He
Dick Reynolds
It’s Autumn 1941 and we’re back in Paris again as the World War II menace continues to grow. Jean Casson, once a well-to-do film producer and now a target of the Gestapo, is drawn into a mission of running guns to combat units of the French Communist Party.
I was mildly disappointed with this book. I’ve read several other novels by Alan Furst which have their settings in Europe during WWII but this one didn’t have the exciting events like the ones portrayed in the others. It seems like Furst ha
Worth reading after World at Night, but the book has some real weaknesses. The plot is careless thrown together, far too many deus ex machina's -- (that should be Dei ex..., of course; but hey...) -- Jean-Claude gets arrested; a door mysteriously opens... poof! he walks out into the night..., etc. And no resolution at the end -- Furst keepiing his options open for the next book(s).... and what's with the anachronism of Casson buying and reading, in 1941/42, "a tattered copy" of Braudel's Mediter ...more
Ken Mueller
BOOK REVIEW: Alan Furst's RED GOLD & Louis-Ferdinand Celine
The latest novel I've read from historical spy writer (his appelate, not mine) Alan Furst started out slower than usual. RED GOLD is Furst's only sequel and picks up the story of film producer Jean Casson after he has jumped ship on way to London and freedom and swims back to Occupied France "for love, not patriotism" he later confides to a flic who has run him in for questioning. As usual Furst delineates the normal people who get d
Jun 28, 2016 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 5th book in Alan Furst's "Night Soldiers" series, but it is also a continuation from the previous book "The World At Night". Once again the main character is Jean Casson, who was a well known film producer before the war. After a run in with the Gestapo, and a missed chance to flee the continent, Casson finds himself inhabiting the seedier side of Parisian life.
He becomes embroiled with the French Resistance, and starts to act as a go between between two differing resistance factions
Jun 20, 2012 Erik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whew. Finished this long ago. Loved it. But then, I'm an Alan Furst junkie.
In Red Gold, the fifth book of his loosely-connected Night Soldiers novels - all of which have featured different protagonists - author Alan Furst breaks form and returns us to the world of Jean Casson, the character at the center of the preceding volume, The World at Night.

It is late 1941, and having, in the name of love, forfeited a chance to escape occupied France, former film producer Casson is living on the margins of Paris under an assumed name. He has lost the woman for whom he returned a
Mal Warwick
Nov 03, 2014 Mal Warwick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alan Furst homes in on the French Resistance in Red Gold, the fifth of the 13 novels in his “Night Soldiers” series that have been appearing regularly since 1988. His mastery of the moods and the political environment in Europe before and during the Second World War is unexcelled, and the flawed, believable characters he writes about cause him to be regularly compared to Graham Greene and Eric Ambler, who were regarded as the masters of spy fiction decades before him.

Red Gold features a former f
Simon Mcleish
Oct 20, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on my blog here in February 2001.

Following on from The World at Night, Red Gold continues to chronicle the exploits of Hugh Casson, one time film producer, as he becomes reluctantly involved with the various anti-German factions of occupied Paris. While definitely wanting the Germans ruling France, Casson is not a hero and probably would have kept his head down and stayed far away from de Gaullists, disgruntled Vichy Regime secret service and certainly the Communists if circ
Jul 21, 2013 Darwin8u rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
A decent follow-up to 'The World At Night', 'Red Gold' continues the saga of Jean Casson's struggle to survive both morally and physically in Nazi occupied and collaborating France.

I prefer Furst's novels that center on Eastern European characters ('the Polish Officer', 'Dark Star', 'Night Soldiers') instead of French, but it is hard to deny that even though it isn't a major Furst novel, it is still a highly readable one. Using Jean Casson allows Furst to explore the world of those French collab
C.C. Yager
Jun 18, 2015 C.C. Yager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel could have been titled "The Continuing Espionage and War Survival Education of Jean Casson." It is the exciting and suspenseful sequel to The World at Night but not quite as intense as that book. Casson is even more vulnerable in this novel, more desperate, and has several more close calls. I loved the way Furst takes the reader into the reality of partisan action during WWII, the waiting, the unpredictability, the failures as well as the successes, and how Casson changes as a result ...more
J Olmsted
Mar 20, 2015 J Olmsted rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read. I liked it more than World at Night. Great to see more vignettes of other characters in occupied Paris, especially with the presence of the FTP. Furst is a master of bringing to life all the brutal intramural politics within the French Communist resistance and its role as an effective tool to attack the Germans in the west. This is what sets this novel apart from World at Night. Great to see Antipin back in the mix, and enjoyed the casual mention of de Milja's coal-vending cover ...more
My third experience reading Furst confirms what I wrote about the first two: as in Blood of Victory, we have low-level people here--a French ex-film producer turned not-so reluctant Resistance organizer; the anarchist who has friends and enemies everywhere; the Communist fixer; the Jewish Resistance cell; the Paris-occupying Nazi with the sexual fantasies; etc. No one in this book is going to single-handedly change the war; and, just like in Blood of Victory the plot largely consists of one-or-t ...more
Feb 01, 2015 Dale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, war, france
The by-now familiar formula, this time with a repeat character - Jules Casson, the once movie producer, now a person of interest to the Gestapo in Paris. The formula: main character is recruited for a relatively simple job, but complications arise, and m.c. narrowly escapes. Time passes, a love interest develops. The second job is much more dangerous, but m.c. comes through OK. Time passes, and love interest is lost. In the end there is a third job, this time simple enough but with external prob ...more
Jul 25, 2014 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you read enough of Furst's novels, you will come to recognize many of the details that the author relies on to add realism and depth to his works. Once you realize that he relies on the same details in more than one book, the size of the Furst universe (which otherwise seems vast, interesting, and mysterious) shrinks, which is somewhat disappointing. To take one example, Brasserie Heininger and its famous bullet-marked mirror (and back story of assasination in the WC) makes an appearance in a ...more
Robert LoCicero
Apr 07, 2016 Robert LoCicero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very excellent story from this great writer. Furst provides great characters within interesting locales and stirs the action in the context of war fighting or spy machinations. Here, we are in Paris and other French locations following a former French movie director who is engaged with French Communists, exiled DeGaulists and Vichy renegades, all while running from the German Gestapo. This is the making of a "can't lose" narrative and reader interest is high throughout the book. Much qui ...more
Oct 31, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vintage Furst. Of late I have found him repeating himself and emphasizing his heroes' "romantic" (soft porn-y) escapades over the prewar political intrigues that made his work interesting but this is one of the early works that helped to establish his reputation. He's on the familiar territory of France in 1941 but dealing not just with the resistance vs the Germans but the more intriguing four-cornered relationship between the Germans, the Vichy secret service, the communists and the resistance ...more
Jun 22, 2009 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spy novel lovers, WW2 freaks, historical fiction addicts, maybe even film noir fans
Recommended to Leslie by: John Barth
episodic, casablancesque love story, great French Resistance spy story, intriguing characters, killer ending
May 03, 2016 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're reading this review, either you're already a big fan of Alan Furst's books, or if you're unfortunately not a fan, probably you're on my review list and just have to live with it. :-) If the former, you're hooked already and don't need my recommendation to go on reading Furst's books until you sadly exhaust the supply (spoiler: his early books are the best). If the latter, I'm sorry to be boring you with my ongoing rereading of Furst, but if you haven't tried him, and have any interest ...more
Gary Letham
Dec 14, 2014 Gary Letham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second installment of the Jean Casson story is definitely pacier. Jean finds himself back in Paris, living in the shadows, avoiding the Gestapo after jumping overboard in a hair brained moment of thinking of Citrine. Finding himself indulging in crime to keep himself fed, he finds himself detained by the police and passed on to his former commanding officer from 1940 and joining with the resistance. Jean is no ranting patriot, he joins out of necessity and to help save those he loves. Defini ...more
Another in Furst's series on partisan activities in World War II Europe. Incremental but important efforts, undertaken at huge personal costs. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things. My problem is that this book seemed too formulaic, i.e., too similar in style to the one other in the series which I've read. Excellent background writing, lots of tension, good guys win some and lose some, plus we all secretly know the ending. I'm going to try one more in this series, but if my feelings remain ...more
Jean Hontz
Jun 30, 2016 Jean Hontz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alan Furst's series is about normal, everyday people stuck in the middle of Hell, when Europe goes to war. Some of them survive, some don't. Some find a way to work in the resistance, some try to escape, some help with that.

He presents the situation, not idealized with brave, beautiful people who are incredible spies, but instead as people who barely manage to find ways to survive, and do what little they can to help the cause of defeating Hitler. Fear is always present and one never knows who
Meg - A Bookish Affair
3.5 stars. "Red Gold" is a sort of sequel to Furst's "The World at Night" although it still a part of his Night Soldiers series. "Red Gold" picks up the story of Jean Casson, the main character from "The World at Night." In this book, we see Casson as more battle-worn than he was in the first book but still committed to trying to help the Resistance movement in France. The stakes are even higher now!

The great thing about Furst's "Night Soldiers" books are that you can really start anywhere in t
This mystery "Red Gold" follows "The World at Night", set in 1940. It is a year later (October 1941. ) The Occupation is underway and the main character John Casson has assumed a new identity. He is hiding from the Gestapo, living on a few francs during the "darkest hour" of the war when the Germans have decisive momentum. The political motives of the characters Casson meets become murky. It becomes difficult to know whether they are as they say, or double agents with other agendas. Casson becom ...more
Apr 14, 2013 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cover endorsements by William Boyd, Nelson DeMille and Charles McCarry (one of which compares Furst to Eric Ambler and John LeCarre) are a shorthand summary for why Furst is a strong contributor to the spy fiction genre. If his plots are not quite as memorable as McCarry and Ambler in particular, his command of detail is amazing. "Red Gold," another story set in the WWII era in Europe about which Furst always writes, reads almost too convincingly to be fiction, with innumerable small details mak ...more
Not Alan Furst's finest outing. Like many of his other works, this is a slim volume heavy on the atmosphere and light on resolution. However, he is much spread-out with his POV then in most other volumes. Iguess the idea is to give a broader feel for the movements of the awakening French Communist Resistance, but that fact that several of the narrative threads are so very tenuously connected left my wanting a clearer picture.

There was a point where one of these side-thread characters is serving
The main setting is France, Paris based in particular although the action extends to a number of places. Opinions on what is to happen vary and sometimes a common enemy can unite some who are normally enemies, or at least big odds. Petain and the Vichy government is what is at the moment. DeGaulle is the other major French opinion force. Plenty feel the Petain group is merely collaboration with the Germans who are very definitely already here and in the ruling position. The Commnunist party is h ...more
May 04, 2009 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Furst book. I had several hours in the Atlanta airport after finishing my work for the week that gave me plenty of time to finish this book. Furst continues his formula of setting his books in Paris during or before WW2. In this book his main character is another unlikely spy who did not set out to spy, but found his circumstances leading him into it. This book is set in Paris several months before and after the Japenese attack of Pearl Harbor. The Germans are not the only bad guys ...more
Nov 14, 2010 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Spy story and historical fiction fans
In this excellent story, the reader is re-introduced to Jean Casson, the movie producer from The World at Night. In the previous book he jumped into the water from an English escape boat to rejoin his lover Citrine. Ironically, she disappeared and eventually married someone else. As a result, penniless and friendless, Casson is back in Paris, hunted as an fugitive by the Gestapo.

He gets involved with a group of Vichy officers who want to resist the Germans and try to enlist the Communists as all
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Alan Furst is widely recognized as the current master of the historical spy novel. Born in New York, he has lived for long periods in France, especially Paris. He now lives on Long Island.

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)
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Night Soldiers (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • The Polish Officer (Night Soldiers, #3)
  • The World at Night (Night Soldiers, #4)
  • Kingdom of Shadows (Night Soldiers, #6)
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