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Red Gold: A Novel (Night Soldiers) [Kindle Edition]

Alan Furst
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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‘Casson is one of the best-drawn characters in recent fiction. The World at Night is a brilliant piece of atmospheric writing.’
Daily Telegraph

‘A wonderfully atmospheric picture of wartime Paris.’
Mail on Sunday

‘Furst is a master. There is unlikely to be a more engrossing read this year. He knows Paris like the back of his hand. Just wonderful.’
Time Out

‘A tense thriller of espionage and intrigue… superb.’
Sunday Express

Book Description

The sequel to THE WORLD AT NIGHT featuring Jean Casson - 'Casson could become a cult figure - reluctant spy, utterly disreputable' THE TIMES

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 649 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0679451862
  • Publisher: Random House; Reprint edition (18 Dec. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,330 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 Mar. 2008
You have to sypathise with authors. We readers just sit on our backsides expecting to be entertained (for days at under a tenner).And we love familiarity;I could quite happilly read any part of the life story of Jean Casson whether pre war, war time or post war. The writer just brings him to life so well. A good test is whether you are sad to have the book end and, of course ,I was.

Maybe we Brits were just brought up on series;for me it would have been Biggles and the Ian and Sovra novels of Elinor Lyon. Whatever the reason, Casson is a great hero and I cant wait for him to reappear though I do fear for his wife's lover come the Liberation !Yes I know these are fictional characters but,curse him, the writer makes us care!

So what if the plot is complicated- if Russian intelligence is involved then chess is the strategic method.Atmosphere as always perfect.Just how do Americans manage this;Cruz Smith with Russia , Elizabeth George (mostly with success, though not with the UK aristocracy) with England and Furst with France and all middle Europe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A contrary view of Red Gold 23 Nov. 2010
A previous negative view of Red Gold seems to downgrade it because it isn't a shoot-em-up, James Bond takeoff. It isn't. What it is is a continuation of the life of Jean Casson in occupied France during World War II, a tale begun in The World at Night. Another novel should be in the works. It reminded me of Somerset Maugham's spy novel (or reminiscences) Ashenden, written in the style of Eric Ambler. My only complaint is in the title: it's not about Russian red gold. The atmospherics are good, the geography is accurate, and it blends with the events in other books in his WWII series. Yes, Casson mainly reacts to outside events, but he's mainly interested in staying alive and out of the hands of the Gestapo. His work making films is lost in wartime France, leaving him without a professional anchor. Citrine has disappeared from his life, leaving him without an emotional anchor. But he does not despair. I look forward to the continuation of his story, just as I look forward to the continuation of the story of The Polish Officer.

There's a quotation from the Times on the cover: "As good as le Carre." I think he's better. His books lack the air of sophisticated cynicism that le Carre's books have. His characters get on with life in the most difficult of circumstances, and I salute him for that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars what does the title mean 20 May 2011
The continuing adventures of Jean Casson, a man who would rather be making love than fighting (would n't we all) Having returned to France at the end of the previous book 'The world at night' He is on the run from the Germans , the Communists and the Petainists at various points in the story and gets involved in many aspects of the resistance. At one point we are told that there at least 16 different groups fighting the occupation.
This is the strength of this book. It is complicated all the resistance groups have one eye on the future aware that todays allies may well be tomorrows enemies. There is a great sense of history and the way in which various sections of the community deal with the privations of occupation.
Jean Casson is a fascinating character he is not ideally suited to a world of violent action but is able to react when he has to. I enjoyed this book and i want to know what happens next.... Please Mr Furst i am running out of your books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 May 2011
'Red Gold' follows on from 'The World At Night' and they are the only books by Alan Furst that don't stand alone as single novels. The poor review on here seems to stem from the fact that Furst's books are labelled 'espionage', which isn't very accurate. This book is about living and resisting in occupied France. The critical reader was clearly expecting a boys own thriller and Furst's books are deeper and much better than that, whilst still being page turners because you come to care about the characters. It's an excellent sequel to 'The World At Night'. I'd also recommend 'The Polish Officer', a title that gives a much better clue to the subject.

Because of the simplistic 'espionage' tag Furst gets compared to John Le Carre. It's misleading. Furst writes about the thirties and forties and not the cold war. I much prefer Furst. He's an excellent writer.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Vive la France 21 Mar. 2006
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This is not a sequel to The Polish Officer as Amazon suggest but to The World at Night.
It continues the story of Jean Casson who we last saw swimming back to the Normandy coast having been spirited onto a boat to England to escape the Nazis.
As ever with Furst, wartime Paris is carefully evoked and the historic accuracy of the story gives an interesting insight on how the different parts of the French resistance competed.
However, the plot of the novel is thin even by Furst's standards and we never really understand what drives Casson to do what he does. The action set pieces are tautly written and there is a palpable atmosphere to be enjoyed. But not one of Furst's best. Of those I have read, The Polish Officer would win that award.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One to read if you like your stories nuanced 10 Mar. 2013
I agree with the positive comments and would add an additional one: the book does a really very good job of portraying the nuances of occupied France. The interaction between the Germans looking for a quiet billet, the timid Petainists trying to get by, the ruthless but effective Communists, the BBC-backed Gaullists and the old officer corps is beautifully done, without making simple goodies and baddies of any of them. People who like this should also check out Sansom's books, which are mostly about similar characters torn between rival ruthless factions.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Spoilt by teccnical factors
Alan Furst's novels are always excellent in plot, characterisation, & in every way. This book was completely ruined for me, however, because the font size on my copy kept changing... Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Peter Stoker
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Atmospheric, engrossing and as close to Le Carre as I've come across - which is praise indeed! Loved it!
Published 15 days ago by Jim Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Furst has created another classic
Alan Furst is in a class of his own
Published 3 months ago by Daniel John Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Gold
Alan Furst is unsurpassed in his ability to conjure up the atmosphere of pre-war and war-torn Europe. It is always a pleasure to read his work. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ludder
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, easy read
I am gradually working my way through all Alan Furst's novels, after enjoying the BBC mini-series Spys Of Warsaw. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Worldly wise
5.0 out of 5 stars Wartime noir
Furst's style is very addictive, the tension is very real and the characters real if rather too similar book to book. Read more
Published on 13 Jan. 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Another intriguing war time spy style thriller by Furst. Really enjoyed it. Brilliant detail.
Published on 30 Sept. 2009 by Spud
1.0 out of 5 stars Were the reviewers reading the same book ??
My copy of this book has four sides of reviewers comments repeatedly praising every aspect of the story and writing (eg. "one of the best page turners of the year" ). Read more
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