©2000 Alan Furst; (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC
If you know anything of the politics of pre-WWII you can easily follow the thread of the story. While enjoyable it takes a while to immerse into the character. And the succeeding chapters jump around a bit. With easy references to other characters in previous books Furst continues his character development.
Furst tracks well with the intelligence system of pre-WWII and I thought this was going to be a more Polish military centric book. The Russian references are worthwhile but diverted me from the true threads of the book.
Maybe the evacuation of the gold from Poland.
Nope, probably the ending being unresolved.
I am skeptical of buying more in this series. None of the reviews are exactly, well, positive.
This book was a disappointment to me after Night Soldiers and Dark Star. The story, set in WWII is told in episodes, a series of stories that start and are cut off. No relationship endures; people appear and they disappear. The title, which presents the protagonist as a nameless functionary, reflects the sense of dislocation that this episodic structure creates. I suppose this is Furst's intention, to demonstrate for the reader the isolating effect of war, with constant upheaval and violence destroying every relationship and every harbor just as it materializes. I didn't really enjoy listening to it. But then, I do not think I would enjoy war, either.
Yes The historical perspective and motivations of the French. The book is well written and one is forced to go over certain parts.
The scenes and atmosphere in the jumbing off point of the German preparation for their invasion of England.
I love the love stories and how war can make us more noble and willing to sacrifice our wills
The story comes to life.
Not the Polidh officier /but something to do with resistance.
I almost didn't get into it. I started many times but the beginning just didn't take off.
I love to read about the war and wonder why the germans didn't win the war. This book gives me another view point.
The books human interations gives it the punch.
My grandparents came from Poland and my grandmother never liked it there. From what I read, they seem to have had poor leaders and one can sort of understand their patriotic will and their misteps.
Perhaps this deserves more than one star. But after five hours of listening, I gave up. There is no overall plot or story. It's a series of events taking place during the Nazi occupation, but I just didn't find it interesting. It's well read. Decently written. Just not very involving.
The main character lives through some of the most exciting adventures possible, but the writing leaves it all seem boring. After a weak story and characters, the ending somehow still manages to be anti-climactic.
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