The story held few surprises, but it kept me interested nonetheless. It was an easy quick read.
I can't say this novel made me a Jack Reacher fan. The story was inconsistant. At times it held my interest (I would say the first third of the book), but the rest was slow.
The book took you through the progression of the main character's evolution very effectively. It started out very bleak and was often difficult to take (intentionally), but if you can continue though it the reward is great.
No. I very rarely listen or read novels more than once. In addition, the story didn't enthrall me. I did enjoy the atmospheric details and the real sense of time the story created.
The novel seemed to just stop. I generally read spy fiction for the thrilling aspect of it. Furst seems more interested in setting up the stage and making the reader feel, quite successfully I might add, as if he is living in the period with his characters.
I listened to Night Soldiers (also by Alan Furst). I thoroughly enjoy Mr. Guidall's performances. He is easy to listen to and creates characters that are distinguishable and lively. His voices really seem to belong to separate people.
No, the book was more about creating a sense of time than suspense.
While the book did not satisfy the needs I usually have for spy fiction, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. the book really immersed you in the period and I found that extremely appealing. There were some elements of suspense, but on a smaller scale than some might expect from a spy novel. The story appealed to me more as a fan of historical fiction and history in general than as a spy novel.
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