A Hero in France
Let Alan Furst take you on a journey through the cobbled streets and smoky salons of wartime Europe as the continent stands on the brink...
Spring 1941. Britain is losing the war.
But the fighters of the French Resistance are determined not to give up. These courageous men and women - young and old, aristocrats and nightclub owners, teachers and military heroes - run an esc...more
Occupied Paris 1941, the street lamps are painted blue. Every window is hung with thick, black curtains, turning the apartments into small dark boxes. Curfews curtail the Parisian nightlife. The city of light has become the city of midnight.
The French want their city back.
Mathieu is a man who has slo ...more
Furst’s knowledge of Paris and the other areas of France is very apparent in his writing. His descriptions of daily life in France, particularly Occupied Paris in 1941 and 1942, transported me straight to ...more
-- Charles de Gaulle
I've been reading Furst novels for years. 'A Hero of France' is #14 in Furst's 'Night Soldiers' series. 'A Hero of France' is basically the tale of a small cell of French Resistance fighters in Paris, France and the French countryside who operate to return downed RAF pilots back to England to continue their work in the war. This book takes place through ...more
The writing here is so flat and simplistic that it killed any engagement I could have had with the plot.
For really riveting stories of life and resistance in France, Jo Baker’s ‘A Country Road, a Tree’, Irene Nemirovsky ‘Suite Francaise’ and Peter Grose’s ‘A Good Place to Hide (true story and a revelation for me) are all excellent.
My expectations were met by the interesting story (and there were times where the tension so intense!), but I think the sex scenes could easily have been edited out, they didn’t add anything to Mattieu’s character nor the story, in fact I skipped ahead to the interesting parts LOL.
For me it was ok ...more
After the ok'ish but not quite top of the line Midnight in Europe, Alan Furst returns to France (which is the setting of a majority of his Night Soldiers books, while featuring in almost all) and delivers an excellent novel and a return to form.
While it is billed as his first novel set during WW 2 proper - as usually his books in the loose series ended when the war started or immediately after in 1939, though there were exceptions that kept the ...more
This is a nice little spy novel. Good plot, decent enough writing. Too much sex and an ending that's too cute, but enjoyable o ...more
I guess once you write a masterpiece like "Kingdom of Shadows", it's impossible to up your game.
Not an overly demanding piece but a good story.
Was not aware it was part of a series.
Mathieu is the capable leader of a small Resistance cell in A Hero of France (Random House, digital galley), Furst's excellent new novel of the shadowy world of espiona ...more
Alan Furst has written yet another brilliant spy thriller set in the Second World War, and based in France and without saying as much points out not everyone acted honourably. This is about the very few heroes that were left in France after its fall in 1940 who helped the allied war effort by placing their lives in danger by running escape lines for downed airman from the RAF. While the majority did nothing but look the other way, while civil servants ...more
In any case, in the novels I liked, I eventually get lost in the story, plot, characters and my attention to ...more
Furst doesn't do big, dramatic scenes so there's no Hollywood action here, but it's the very ordinary nature of his characters whi ...more
I have loved Alan Furst's novels. Dark Star Was my first happy discovery, which led me to go to the beginning and read -- no, devour -- the entire Night Soldiers series. I found myself carried along by the beautiful use of language, the imagery, the suspense, the characters, even the wonderful humor: the description of the "loud Gypsy orchestra with copious gypsies" in Blood of Victory still makes me laugh out loud.
How very disappointed I am with this book. What happened? ...more
"* all nuance has been obliterated in favor of simplistic moralizing and reeking explicitness
* direct, factual-reporting style
* sex and nudity have been shoved in for purposes of titillation only, in ways that add nothing to the plot or characterizations
* the realistic gritty-noir moody tone has been replaced by that of a commercial, superficial action-thriller "
I love the plotline, I just don ...more
This is the first time that I have read any novels by Alan Furst. It was an ok read, which means that I did manage to get to the last page. I have heard that some of Alan Furst books have been very good, so may try one another on my next visit to the local library.
Alan Furst captures this dangerous time incredibly well. Mathieu and the Resistance members risk their lives to fulfill their missions. These include Lisette, a 17 year old student, Max de Lyon, a wealthy arms dealer to ni ...more
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)
* Dark Voyage (2004)
* The F ...more