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Mission to Paris

Mission to Paris [Kindle Edition]

Alan Furst
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A pacy read with plenty of intrigue and glamour. (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS 2013-04-27)

A pacy, atmospheric spy story in the typical Furst style. (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

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The author of TV Book Club's SPIES OF THE BALKANS returns with a hugely evocative thriller set in wartime Paris. Includes Reading Group Notes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0297863924
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (14 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087JUIOY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alan Furst has lived for long periods in France, especially in Paris, and has travelled as a journalist in Eastern Europe and Russia. He has written extensively for Esquire and the International Herald Tribune.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior spy fiction 18 Jun 2012
Loyal followers of Alan Furst's closely observed and highly atmospheric novels of spies and politics in Europe just before and during WWII will recognise one familiar (Hungarian) character in "Mission to Paris" (originally slated as "The Spies of Paris"), but new readers should not despair if they don't. It simply means they face the delicious prospect of discovering Furst's backlist of at least ten more brilliant novels. In this canon of work, Alan Furst has shown (and hopefully will continue to show) an iron grasp of the complexities of European history, politics and culture, into which he places characters who on the surface are compeletely out-of-their depth swimming against the tide of Fascist tyranny. The one thing Furst's characters have going for them is always that although they may be flawed human beings, they know that for evil to succeed all it needs is for good men (and women) to do nothing.
Do not expect bombs, exhibitions of unarmed combat, car chases or super-hero pyrotechnics. The level of violence in one Furst's books is usually on the same level as that in the movie "Casablanca" - when it's needed, it's there and it makes a point. But that is not to say his books are not thrilling - and occasionally downright chilling. In "Mission to Paris", the methods of an official Nazi press agency (actually a front for political warfare) are explained as follows (I paraphrase): "We (the Nazis) don't send out press releases, we send out operatives - and then let other people issue the press releases...."
"Mission to Paris" is a novel of close-plotting, immaculate history, rich atmosphere and fine, fine writing.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb spy thriller 15 Jun 2012
I came to Alan Furst after Spies of the Balkans and have been busily reading his older books ever since. When I heard he had a new novel out I thought I should probably wait until it came out in paperback and finish reading his older books instead but yesterday I just couldn't resist and I bought the hardback of Mission to Paris. And I'm so glad I did because I feel as though I've just time travelled - the descriptions of pre-war Paris, and Hungary, are so well done, I feel as though I've actually been there. This is a gorgeous book, and even better and more accessible than his others. I'm not a history buff, and my only quibble with his other books is that I sometimes feel don't feel informed enough. But Mission to Paris takes you straight to the heart of the events in a way that is totally gripping and totally accessible. And there's a great love story too. My wife told me she'd never read a book about spies and war but then I made her read a few pages and now she is hooked - perhaps because of the dishy film star hero! Maybe tonight I'll be the one telling her to put the light off and go to sleep! I can't recommend this book enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mission to Paris 10 Aug 2012
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Alan Furst continues to write gripping accounts of the period around and during the Second World War, mostly set in France. His latest novel does not disappoint and as usual manages to evoke quite brilliantly life in Paris in 1938, with the increasing fear and violence as well as the differing attitudes of the French people towards the imminent invasion of France.

To begin with, the hero of the novel, Fredric Stahl, appears to be less committed towards the struggle against the Nazis and one's sympathies towards him are therefore less engaged. However, as his determination not to be used as a Nazi puppet grows, so does our affection and we are desperate for his survival.

Alan's understated description of the horrors awaiting the European Jews as they struggle for survival with their attempts to escape from Germany, only to find that they are still not safe in their new country, brings alive the feelings of terror and desperation as every avenue to freedom is blocked.

Renate Steiner's character is particularly attractive - not a beauty in the physical sense, but full of determination and courage with the underlying feelings of fear of the refugee, always looking over her shoulder and not sure whom to trust. Fredric Stahl did well to choose her over the shallow and self-serving Kiki de Saint Ange.

Roll on the next book!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Furst's best 9 July 2012
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
The story is set in Paris in late 1938. Hitler has appropriated Czechoslovakia and there are fears that he will invade Poland. The French are split between those who feel that he must be stopped and those who want to appease him if it will avoid France being drawn into another war for which it is ill prepared. An Austrian born, American movie star by the name of Fredric Stahl, comes to Paris to shoot a film. Initially he is happy to be in Paris, a city that he lived in many years previously and genuinely loved. Gradually however he becomes aware of the undercurrents of menace in the city. The German Government are keen to take advantage of his Austrian roots for their propaganda purposes and initially the (somewhat naive) Stahl inadvertently plays into their hands. Then he realises that this gives him the opportunity to assist his own Government in collecting information about the Nazis, although he doesn't fully appreciate the danger in which that will place him.

This was very much a book of two halves for me. The first half of the book dragged, to the point where I kept falling asleep when trying to read it at the end of the day. One of Furst's strengths as a writer is the way that he creates an entire world for you, but there is so much irrelevant detail about the movie itself and so many characters get introduced only to disappear again. In the second half of the book, when Stahl starts to get involved in spying for the Americans, the book gets far more involving and genuinely tense. By the end I was loving it - but it took me over 100 pages to get into it.

Furst includes references to events in previous books and a few familiar characters make walk on appearances. This will not affect you if you are not familiar with his previous books, but is a pleasing addition if you are.

Overall I liked the book, but the fact that it took so long to get going was a problem for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read for the tube, not profound
For start - I was disappointed by Alan Furst's mission to Paris. I thought it was an easy "fast food" read, but was lacking a lot of profound ground for it to really appeal... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Jon Dee
3.0 out of 5 stars excellent author to keep in your kindle
having read a few of Alan Furst's novels I enjoy his style and sense of place. Small details about ordinary lives in extraordinary times lift the relatively simple stories to an... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen in London
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent condition and price ,can't wait to read this.
Published 1 month ago by LINDA KERR
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best
Not a bad book but certainly not one of Furst's best by any means: lacks the intrigue and atmosphere of his earlier works.
Published 4 months ago by SpyReader
3.0 out of 5 stars good detail, flaccid story
good historical information & atmosphere on the eve of war in 1938 paris & berlin, educational & interesting for that reason. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Zangiku
5.0 out of 5 stars Nazi Political Warfare in 1938 Similar to Today's
Poltical Warfare in 1938 Paris identical with today's in the West. He describes the elements for acquiescence by subterfuge that everyone should read to refresh a sound grounding... Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. D. Chance
5.0 out of 5 stars High priest of noir espionage does it again.
God, I love Alan Furst's books! This one is just as good as the others and there's no more to say if you're already a fan. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Simon Dowling
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
Book 12, in the Night Soldiers series

Mr. Furst returns once more to pre-war Europe, nothing is formulaic about his novels each stands on its own although some may... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Toni Osborne
4.0 out of 5 stars smoothly written
One of those stories that keeps one reading, because the next page will hold even more events on the great path of this adventure through Paris and a cliff hanging period of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. O. Butler
2.0 out of 5 stars old hat
Alaln Furst it milking what was at first a superb evocation of the genre. His story lines are now old hat and this novel is a pale reflection of his previous books. Read more
Published 9 months ago by WYN H EVANS
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