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3.0 out of 5 stars Good writing but where is the story, 5 Mar 2007
This review is from: Dark Voyage (Paperback)
I want so much to enjoy Furst's novels. The atmosphere is there, the mysterious characters are there, but the plot is almost non-existent. There's virtually no referring back: an affair DeHaan once had in Paris is just that, an afffair he once had; skills he has picked up in a long life in the merchant navy are rarely mentioned, simply assumed; and almost all of the events (a lorry in the hold catches fire - was it an accident or not?) are so inconsequential as to have no bearing on the story whatsoever. Is this what is called a linear plot? I don't know, but it is surely the shortest distance between two points. As I say, the writing is a pleasure to read, but where are the skeletons in the closet? Where are the characters of dubious origin? And where is the German anti-espionage effort? There is more danger from passing Stukas than from the men in leather raincoats. Sady insubstantial.
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