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
I've only lately discovered Alan Furst and I'm kicking myself for coming so late to the party! This man can really write great historically based international novels. I've read two of his books now and this one just now finished was just wonderfully researched and written. It's like discovering a book version of the film Casablanca.......just a gem. As far as I can see Fursts books are based mostly on the years just prior to WWII in various countries in Europe. The characters are very real and authentic sounding, the narrtor performance is dazzlingly great with these European espionage and diplomacy novels. I happen to really love and resonate with history and these really fill my bill. Outstanding reads, all.
Yes, a great story, based on historical events.
The main character was very likable.
Yes, he is excellent.
Towards the end of the book I was worried about the character's
A great listen.
I have read or heard all of his books and this one is not up to snuff. My criticisms are as follows:
1) Very little suspense
2) Simplified characters (ie..all the Americans without exception are nice guys)
3) Abrupt ending
Not exactly on the edge of my seat, but the characters and the plot were interesting and kept me wanting to know more.
I was disappointed. It just ended and there was much missed opportunity for the author to add something more.
Nicely done and fitting for the material.
Yeah, I guess so. Some interesting perspective on the political atmosphere of the era.
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.
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.
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.
In movie making, evil is not always an illusion.
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.
Lack of coherence and ho-hum love story.
So, so, so.
No, he needs to go back to what got him here.
older listener -- enjoys books rather than california traffic. enjoys running while listening -- or is it the other way around?
is that French bistro ever going to close?
no it was much more Hamlet-esque
he was very good
A good stroy line and a trappy ending -- a little surprising...
Yes, since it was able to keep my interest throughout. The person reading the story worked well for the content.
This book is a spy thriller, since I don't usually read spy books I can't really compare it to another book.
I can't really recall a favorite scene.
Too many other good books right now to listen to
the moodiness, the depictions highlighting the truely despicable behaviour of the Nazis
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