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Night Soldiers by Alan Furst
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Sep 03, 12

And thus begins my love affair with the novels of Alan Furst. I'd never heard of him until a New York magazine profile mentioned that the divinely prescient American Heritage editor Richard Snow, whose 1991 article in the NYTBR had rescued Patrick O'Brian from near oblivion, had anointed Furst his favorite historical novelist after O'Brian's passing. My beloved Charles McCarry also weighed in and I was hooked. And boy, were they right. While I prefer the earlier, longer novels like this one, every one is a gift to the reader. His theme is not spies so much but how fairly ordinary people trapped in extraordinary circumstances did their little bit. Great writing, of course, but also so many interesting things about the history, strategy, diplomacy, leaders, etc. Dark Star, which follows this in order of publication, may be his masterpiece, but I'd start here.
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