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Mission to Paris | [Alan Furst]

Mission to Paris

At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star, Frederic Stahl. September 1938. On the eve of the Munich Appeasement, Stahl arrives in Paris, on loan from Warner Brothers to star in a French film. He quickly becomes entangled in the shifting political currents of pre-war Paris - French fascists, German Nazis, and his Hollywood publicists all have their fates tied to him. But members of the clandestine spy world of Paris have a deeper interest in Stahl, sensing a potential asset in a handsome, internationally renowned actor.
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author and the "modern-day master of the genre" (Newsday) comes a gripping novel of espionage and deception in 1938 pre-war Paris.

At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star Frederic Stahl. September 1938. On the eve of the Munich Appeasement, Stahl arrives in Paris, on loan from Warner Brothers to star in a French film. He quickly becomes entangled in the shifting political currents of pre-war Paris - French fascists, German Nazis, and his Hollywood publicists all have their fates tied to him. But members of the clandestine spy world of Paris have a deeper interest in Stahl, sensing a potential asset in a handsome, internationally renowned actor.

Ranging from the high society of glittering Paris to film set locations in far-away Damascus and Budapest, Alan Furst's new novel confirms his status as a writer whose stories unfold "like a vivid dream" (The Wall Street Journal).

©2012 Alan Furst (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    M. Simpson Illinois 08-27-12
    M. Simpson Illinois 08-27-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Suspenseful story, very well told"
    What made the experience of listening to Mission to Paris the most enjoyable?

    The story unfolds slowly and with our perspective, more than 70 years after the period in which it takes place, a sense of dread builds throughout. The reader is outstanding and really offers a unique voice to each character. And, it isn't clear exactly how things will end until almost the very end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mission to Paris?

    The scene in the restaurant when we truly see the casually sinister nature of the Nazis and their sympathizers enjoying their affluence amid the tense environment that surrounds them.


    What does Daniel Gerroll bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The nuances in his voice make you forget (this sounds silly but it's true) that he is actually a male performing both male and female roles.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    In movie making, evil is not always an illusion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Abbi Tiburon, CA, USA 08-20-12
    Abbi Tiburon, CA, USA 08-20-12 Member Since 2001
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    "painted a real picture of Paris - pre occupation -"
    Would you listen to Mission to Paris again? Why?

    Too many other good books right now to listen to


    What did you like best about this story?

    the moodiness, the depictions highlighting the truely despicable behaviour of the Nazis


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Crosby Seattle, WA USA 07-30-12
    D. Crosby Seattle, WA USA 07-30-12
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    "Not up to snuff"
    Would you try another book from Alan Furst and/or Daniel Gerroll?

    I've listened to most of Furst's books and generally admire their sophistication and sense of history. This one puzzles me. Like two books. The second half doesn't cut it.


    What was most disappointing about Alan Furst’s story?

    Lack of coherence and ho-hum love story.


    What three words best describe Daniel Gerroll’s performance?

    So, so, so.


    Do you think Mission to Paris needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, he needs to go back to what got him here.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tonydinardo@earthlink.net Upland Ca.lifornia 07-12-12
    tonydinardo@earthlink.net Upland Ca.lifornia 07-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "an actor in paris -- impossible"
    What made the experience of listening to Mission to Paris the most enjoyable?

    is that French bistro ever going to close?


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    no it was much more Hamlet-esque


    What aspect of Daniel Gerroll’s performance would you have changed?

    he was very good


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A good stroy line and a trappy ending -- a little surprising...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Lee 07-01-12
    T. Lee 07-01-12
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    "Nice Read"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, since it was able to keep my interest throughout. The person reading the story worked well for the content.


    What other book might you compare Mission to Paris to and why?

    This book is a spy thriller, since I don't usually read spy books I can't really compare it to another book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't really recall a favorite scene.


    Did Mission to Paris inspire you to do anything?

    Not Really


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Charlotte, NC, United States 08-11-12
    Brad Charlotte, NC, United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Trite storyline and mediocre performance"

    The main character is totally unbelievable. The storyline is trite. Don't waste your time. There are better books.

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    Sharon 07-30-12
    Sharon 07-30-12
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    "Great author."

    Alan Furst is a must-read and a good choice for my first Audible book. Enjoyed the experience.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nukkles San Diego, CA USA 07-22-12
    Nukkles San Diego, CA USA 07-22-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Kept me listening"

    Normally I listen to Audible books while I am doing mindless tasks like household chores or gardening. But I did have to stop what I was doing and just listen because I was so involved. The plot was easier to follow that way, although it is not a tricky plot, but everything moves quickly from the middle of the book to the end, so I wanted to make sure not to miss anything.

    The narrator is excellent and added considerably to the drawing of the characters. The ending was less dramatic than I thought it should have been given the rest of the plot, but all in all, I thought it was a very good read.

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    Elinor Anne Mody MD 07-16-12

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    "It had a lot of promise..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was big on atmosphere, short on story. It was fun to read, but the plot was almost nonexistent.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was disappointed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scenes with the Nazis...super creepy.


    Could you see Mission to Paris being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, too little plot


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C newport beach, CA, United States 07-18-12
    C newport beach, CA, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Furst is never second"

    Furst is a good writer, especially in this genre.He knows how to create a mood; I can almost feel the cigarette butts crunching underfoot on a dank Parisian street. The plot was a little thin but good writing overcomes that deficiency

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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