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Dark Voyage | [Alan Furst]

Dark Voyage

May 1941. At four in the morning, a rust-streaked tramp freighter streams up the Tagus River to dock at the port of Lisbon. She is the Santa Rosa; she flies the flag of neutral Spain and is in Lisbon to load cork oak, tinned sardines, and drums of cooking oil bound for the Baltic port of Malmo. Only she is not the Santa Rosa, she is the Noordendam, a Dutch freighter that sails for the Intelligence Division of the British Royal Navy....
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May 1941. At four in the morning, a rust-streaked tramp freighter streams up the Tagus River to dock at the port of Lisbon. She is the Santa Rosa; she flies the flag of neutral Spain and is in Lisbon to load cork oak, tinned sardines, and drums of cooking oil bound for the Baltic port of Malmo. Only she is not the Santa Rosa, she is the Noordendam, a Dutch freighter that sails for the Intelligence Division of the British Royal Navy and she will load detection equipment for a clandestine operation on the Swedish coast - a secret mission, a dark voyage.

Here is an epic tale of war and espionage, of spies and fugitives, of love in secret hotel rooms, of courage in the face of impossible odds.

©2004 Alan Furst (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 09-02-13
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 09-02-13

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "Mouches volantes through dark vision of history"

    A non-typical Furst novel, 'Dark Voyage' is primarily centered on a Dutch captain (DeHaan), his multicultural crew, and the merchant marine perils that faced sailors from the Mediterranean to the Baltic seas. Every book Furst writes appears to grow from the same thesis, but stretch into entirely new areas. This was a nice deviation from his normal East European or Parisian locals.

    With every Furst novel, I become more and more amazed at the nuance of his novels. He seems content to write his novels in the periphery of history. His characters float past major events like mouches volantes through the dark vision of history. He wants to tell the story of minor characters, minor battles, minor countries that together all made a major difference in WWII.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    edward oday 06-16-12
    edward oday 06-16-12

    Addicted Audible listener.what could be better than listening to a terrific narrator bring a book to life.

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    "Romanitic Darkness"
    What did you love best about Dark Voyage?

    As soon as I read the premise of this book I was hooked: a tramp steamer, mysterious ports of call, Tangiers being one which I visited in 1962 as a young wanderer of the world, A Captain of ship who is much more than just that, a story full of wonderful lively persons be they on the dark or sunny side of the street. It is a subject matter has intrigued me since Jack London's "Sea Wolf" found me as a youngster.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 11-17-11
    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 11-17-11 Member Since 2007

    History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.

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    "A bit different for Furst, merchant marine focused"


    Enjoyed, Furst fans shouldn't be disappointed, another Noirish tale. Really like the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LIV HOUSTON, TX, United States 02-10-14
    LIV HOUSTON, TX, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "WW2 Merchant Marine suspensive life."
    Would you listen to Dark Voyage again? Why?

    Maybe, the story brought back memories of the lives of many northern Europens life during the war. Suspense in torpedo infested waters the book put you right in to the action.


    What other book might you compare Dark Voyage to and why?

    None


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Set you right in to the nuances of a merchant marines life during the war.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I grew up among these people, as many of my uncles were in the situations described in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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