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Red Gold | [Alan Furst]

Red Gold

In Red Gold, Jean Casson returns to Paris under a new identity. As a fugitive from the Gestapo, he must somehow struggle to survive in the shadows and backstreets. He is determined to stay clear of trouble, yet, as the war drags on, Casson begins, inevitably, to drift back into the dangerous world of resistance and sabotage.
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Publisher's Summary

In this sequel to the acclaimed The World at Night, reluctant spy Jean Casson returns in another haunting and atmospheric thriller set in the shadows of occupied Paris.

In The World at Night, Alan Furst introduced film producer Jean Casson, who is forced by the German occupation of Paris to abandon his civilised lifestyle and falls into the world of espionage and double agents - until he is forced to flee the country.

In Red Gold, Jean Casson returns to Paris under a new identity. As a fugitive from the Gestapo, he must somehow struggle to survive in the shadows and back streets. He is determined to stay clear of trouble, yet as the war drags on, Casson begins, inevitably, to drift back into the dangerous world of resistance and sabotage.

©1999 Alan Furst (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"This innovative and gripping novel eloquently transports us back to a different era and a different world." (Amazon.com review)

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 07-21-13
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2011

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

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    "Continues the saga of Jean Casson"

    A decent follow-up to 'The World At Night', 'Red Gold' continues the saga of Jean Casson's struggle to survive both morally and physically in Nazi occupied and collaborating France.

    I prefer Furst's novels that center on Eastern European characters ('the Polish Officer', 'Dark Star', 'Night Soldiers') instead of French, but it is hard to deny that even though it isn't a major Furst novel, it is still a highly readable one. Using Jean Casson allows Furst to explore the world of those French collaborators, profiteers, and elites of Pétain's France who refused to see the German occupiers for what they were. Furst clearly demarks the fragmented France that was left after Germany's invasion and the Vichy collaboration.

    This novel should be read closely with 'A World at Night'. Like I wrote about that novel, even though I find this to be a minor Furst novel, it is context that matters. Most spy novelists don't approach the art or the skill of a minor Furst novel. So enjoy.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas D. Johnson Los Angeles, CA 06-25-10
    Thomas D. Johnson Los Angeles, CA 06-25-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Furst masterpiece"

    This latest Furst is another great, atmospheric story of Europe during World War II -- the ordinary and not-so-ordinary human beings who lived every day through terrible times, doing what they thought they had to do just to survive but also to make the world better. Furst takes the reader back into a world we can only imagine now, and brings it completely to life. The grubby details of daily life under totalitarian regimes (in this case, Paris during the Occupation)are very real in Furst's telling, as is the nature of heroism -- ordinary people impelled, for their own reasons, to brave acts of resistance, sabotage, and espionage. George Guidall's reading heightens the atmosphere and brings the characters to life -- his dry, wry, world-weary tone is just perfect for Furst's works, and his adept characterizations help us visualize these people.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 08-25-13
    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Soooo Depressing"

    Well, its about Nazi's crushing the human soul. I love George Guidall, but this story was depressing and kept on with a main character that had few redeeming qualities. For me, a very bad choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lonnie C. Pogue San Diego, CA USA 03-12-13
    Lonnie C. Pogue San Diego, CA USA 03-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "couldn't get into this book."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story and performance.


    Has Red Gold turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I've read other books by Alan Furst and enjoyed them. This one came up short.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It may have been an OK book, but I couldn't get interested in the characters. I know it was a grim time, but it was also an energetic time.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not much.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I could........but no.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ellen abingdon, VA, United States 10-27-10
    ellen abingdon, VA, United States 10-27-10 Member Since 2007
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    "red gold"

    pretty good, was slow at times, narrator great, not sure of ending though, may try another of this author

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    Neil Bedford, TX, United States 05-18-13
    Neil Bedford, TX, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Unpleasant Listen"
    What would have made Red Gold better?

    The story line was uncomfortable and I dropped it part way through. The first bad book I have listened to on Audible.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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