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Under Occupation

A Novel
Narrated by: Peter Noble
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (124 ratings)

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In this thrilling historical spy novel from New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst, two heroic resistance fighters smuggle valuable information to occupied Paris to turn the tide of the World War II and defeat Nazi Germany.

Occupied Paris in 1942, a dark, treacherous city now ruled by the German security services, where French resistance networks are working secretly to defeat Hitler. Just before he dies, a man being chased by the Gestapo hands Paul Ricard a strange looking drawing. It looks like a part for a military weapon; Ricard realizes it must be an important document smuggled out of Germany to aid the resistance. As Ricard is drawn deeper and deeper into the French resistance network, his increasingly dangerous assignments lead him to travel to Germany, and along the underground safe houses of the resistance - and to meet the mysterious and beautiful Leila, a professional spy. 

From “an incomparable expert at his game” (The New York Times) and based on true events of Polish prisoners in Nazi Germany, Under Occupation captures the courageous and astonishing impact resistance fighters had during WWII and the lengths they went for freedom.

©2019 Alan Furst (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Quite Short

Enjoyed the story and the narrator was excellent. There were a few potholes and unanswered questions but in all a good novel. Evocative and captivating as are all of this author's books. But disappointingly short!

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Subpar Furst

A series of unsuspenseful disconnected series of situations occurring to, and missions undertaken by, the hero with no unifying central goal that should pull the story together. The reading is highly dramatic but not commensurate with the weak thread of the tale. The ending hastily compressed as if the author was in hurry to get it out to the publisher.

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Not his best

The plot is trite and unrealistic. However, Furst is an excellent writer.

I can not recommend this book.

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Terrible

I have listened to the first hour of this new book by Furst, and it is meandering rubbish. It's as if he had a contractual obligation to turn in another manuscript but couldn't have been bothered. Even the sense of time and place is wrong.

It reads like a second-rate romance with grubby sex. (Hard to believe it came from the author of Night Soldiers.)

The last Furst book I'll buy.

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Always fascinating WW2 movels

Well written, well read, Furst always tells a good story that is interesting. Good narration.

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  • Tom
  • Warm Springs, Georgia
  • 12-22-19

Interesting enough.

Furst provides the atmospherics necessary for a French Resistance novel. This is what I like about his work, but this one lacks a little of the excitement and suspenseful moments of some of the others. It was a horrible time for anyone fighting the Occupation, but interesting to read about. “Spring will come someday”.

The narration was very effective.