Bulgaria, 1934. The local fascists have just murdered the brother of Khristo Stoianev. Now Khristo is recruited into the NKVD, the Soviet secret police, for special service in the Spanish civil war.
©1988 Alan Furst; (P)2002 Recorded Books
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Too many characters to follow I an audio book. If I was reading this book I would have reread many sections to catch up and that would have been okay. Not so with an audiobook. Nice spy world but far too dense for me for a audiobook.
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I listened to the first 11 hours of this and never got into it. I kept hoping I could become interested in any one of the characters. Didn't work for me. It put me to sleep.
Since I listen while driving - I couldn't finish this one.
It's "Huckleberry Finn" on the Danube and in WWII. A breathtaking sprawl of a book. This spy/war/history/poetic and sensual book anticipates today's tribal breakdowns in the midst of western human rights expansions. The plot is dense and I had to listen again and again to tease out the thread of continuity, but that let me also te-hear and enjoy the beauty of landscape and cold and conflicting human urges. What a book!
monotone narrater is too hard to listen to. the reviews said the it started slow, but i tried to keep going thinking it would pick up. it never did. the story moves very slow too. not my cup of tea for sure.
ya got me
i dont know what that would be. i just could not listen enough to make that determination
This book is beautifully written, very detailed slice of life in the spanish civil war kind of thing, but I kept wanting Mitch Rapp to kill somebody, and he never even showed up.
It was good, but not breaking into the top ranks.
No. There wasn't really a single plot, just a number of individual characters and events on which to hang a lot of detail, from high-level intelligence operations to low-level peasants just trying to stay alive. It was rich and immersive, but I kept wondering if there was going to be a culminating event at all. (spoiler: nope)
I quite liked Alexandra, just because she was so different, so distinct. Otherwise, perhaps some of the English playboys whiling away the war with champagne and gossip.
Sometimes in a war, there are no good and bad guys, just survivors.
I was confused about whether this was an alternate history book that I bought around the same time -- did the war end during this book? I felt like it was still all Communists and Nazis at the end, even after 1945...
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