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- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (12 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442349085
- ISBN-13: 978-1442349087
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 14.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,335,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mission to Paris Audio CD – Audiobook, 12 Jun 2012
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A pacy read with plenty of intrigue and glamour. (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS)
A pacy, atmospheric spy story in the typical Furst style. (GOOD BOOK GUIDE) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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!
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.
Furst does not produce mass-market 'pot boilers' or action thrillers. He writes beautiful sparing prose with never a word wasted. His characters are always well drawn, his work packed with complex plotting and subtle action and his central characters are usually honourable people tip-toeing their way through a murky and threatening world of intrigue and subtle espionage.
Is flattery and comparison a good thing? It seems that many comparisons of other novelists writing in this genre are made to Alan Furst. I like David Downing's 'Station Series' but as good as they are they are not in the same league as Furst. In my opinion no contemporary writer is. To draw a comparison to Furst you have to look back to the great writers of espionage fiction in an earlier age - to Eric Ambler and Graham Greene. There is much talk about 'Greeneland' and the brilliant world which Greene created in his works. Surely now after 'Mission to Paris' we should acknowledge the existence of 'Furstland', a world where honourable people are drawn into resisting the march of a dishonorable world? He has created this world very cleverly over a series of wonderful novels. Any of those novels can be read on ther own but taken together the novels evoke a stunning backcloth of the period. In 'Mission to Paris' I found myself in awe of the gentle pointers I was being given to his earlier works and characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Far from the best of Alan Furst. Some of the trademarks are there: pre WW2 Paris wonderfully evoked, the tensions across Europe grippingly
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First at his very best with France on the eve of war brought to life! Excellent.Published 2 months ago by barbara mullane
We know this is an Alan Furst novel because the book says it is. But it reads like a pot-boiler, as though the author had a contract to deliver a book to the publisher but had run... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gs-trentham
For me Alan Furst can do no wrong great atmospheric stories.Published 12 months ago by roger stanyon
My wife loves spy thrillers and this was a great stocking filler.Published 13 months ago by Ross Cowan
Disappointing after some of his early books.
Writing seems to have become rather tired and cliched. Read more