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This book showcases both what is good about Furst's writing and what is not so good. He has a wonderful economical writing style - he can pack more into a short paragraph than almost any other author I know. He creates a world full of richly realised characters and brings the settings to life with telling details. His stories are fictional but they feel real.
However as with so many of his books, the storyline takes a back seat to the characters and settings. There are long periods in this book where you kind of wonder where its going or what is the point of the little story we've got waylaid in. Sometimes, masterfully, he will weave it back in 100 pages down the track, but at other times it's just about creating layers of atmosphere, building up a scene in depth. Generally I like this aspect of his writing but this time round it felt like he'd let it go a little too far. The pace is sluggish and the plot seems murky right up until the final 40 pages, which are densely packed with heart in your mouth action.
The gist here is that in 1940 the Allies are desperate to interdict German access to the vital Romanian oil fields. Having tried to sabotage them once before, they're faced with a tough problem. Paris-based Russian émigré writer I.A. Serebin is drawn into a plot to resurrect an old spy network in an attempt to strike a blow. However, Serebin's recruitment into this venture is never really convincing, and the weaving of the plot is so oblique that it's hard to get drawn in. It's as if Furst is so faithful to building the shadow world that his characters live in that he's forgotten about the reader. Which is not to say this is an awful book or anything, just that he's written better and might benefit from straying a little further from the European theater he's set seven books in.
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A continuation of an excellent tradition of wartime novels. Engrossing and well worth the read.Published 13 months ago by bruce smith
This is not a long book. It's about spying during the second world war involving our European neighbours. It kept me entertained.Published 13 months ago by Blyth
I've read several Alan Furst books now and this follows his formula of a slow-moving, well researched, and very well-written "spy" novel. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2015 by Peter L. Clarke
Brilliant - the quality of the writing is up there with the best. Others have likened his writing to Graham Greene. I would not shrink too far from that suggestion. Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2014 by Michael O'Connell
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