Kenton’s career as a journalist depends on his facility with languages, his knowledge of European politics and his quick judgement. Where his judgement sometimes fails him, however, is in his personal life.
When he travels to Nuremberg to investigate a story about a top-level meeting of Nazi officials, he inadvertently finds himself on a train bound for Austria after a bad night of gambling. Stranded with no money, Kenton jumps at the chance to earn a fee helping a refugee smuggle securities across the border. Yet he soon discovers that the documents he holds have far more than cash value – and that they could cost him his life...
©1988 Eric Ambler (P)2009 Audible Ltd
English major, physician, 8 or 9 hours per week commuting. Fan of John Le Carre, Jane Austen, Patrick O'Brian, Alan Furst, P.G. Wodehouse.
I recommend Eric Ambler to fans of John LeCarre and Alan Furst. The setting of Uncommon Danger is Europe in the early years of naziism and fascism. The story reminds me of something that Alfred Hitchcock might have made into a film a la "The 39 Steps." The protagonist is like a seedier version of the sort of character that Jimmie Stewart might've played in a movie.
The story really moves and despite the age of the book I never felt like I was having to make allowances for it or that it was dated. Ambler writes with vivid details and with economy. He has the knack for incorporating details that at first seem to be merely descriptive, and turning them into crucial elements of the plot, so it really keeps you on your toes.
Simon Poland does a fine job with the narration.
When you listen to a well written book with excellent narration, you get lost in the book and that is definitely true of this one. I am looking forward to getting the rest of Amber's books. Always a joy to find a new author who produces quality espionage. books. A classic I wish modern writers would learn from.
Yet another solid thriller from Eric Ambler. What I appreciate most is the dynamics and spareness: he says what he has to say - and no more - to keep the reader engaged and the plot unfolding at a good pace.
This is a classic spy novel written by one of the originators of this genre. It is story that will grab your attention quickly and hold it throughout. The writing and narration are both excellent.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
Night trains, dark streets, seedy hotel rooms, body on the floor, fire escapes, car chases, desperate border crossings, creative ways of killing enemies, elegance and odd little Englishmen set the scenes for secrets, spies and betrayal. WW11 is on the way and alliances are sought while a freelance jouno is worrying about how to pay a few small debts.
Well narrated, great writing in this classic 'noir' intrigue. And yes there is a very pretty girl too who drives well and is good at rescuing young men in dire distress.
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