In Blood of Victory which is in fact oil, petrol from Roumania that the Germans need to continue the war, we follow Russian émigré I. A.Serebin first steps into the spy world.
From Istanbul, to Paris to Bucharest, back in Paris, into Belgrade this is a great game to stall the Germans' access to oil until the Americans come into the war.
We are in early 1941. Furst sets the pieces and you enjoy watching the chess game even if you know how it ends. Furst succeeds in merging historical figures and events with his fictional characters. Good WW2 spy fiction. More introverted than action paced this one, probably due to the personality of the lead character, Serebin is a poet, Russian with the moods to match. The last chapter is more action and does keep you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages. A very solid 3 1/2 stars.