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Night Soldiers by Alan Furst
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Jul 23, 12

Read on July 23, 2012

I love Alan Furst novels. He's the master of the historical spy novels, most of which take place before and during the second world war. In this one Khristo Stoianev, is a young Bulgarian recrutied by the NKVD in 1934. He is sent as a Soviet agent to the Spain during the Civil War but then becomes caught up in the purges, so warned by a friend, he flees to Paris. Works with the French underground, flees to Switzerland and is recruited by yet another agency. He spends the first part of the second world war in a French prison, before hiding from both the Gestapo and the NKVD.
The beauty of Furst's novels is the thoroughly researched worlds he creates and the language he uses.His endings tend to verge a bit on the anti climactic, but that doesn't take away from the enjoyment of reading it.

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