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Dark Star (Night Soldiers, #2) de Alan Furst
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Dark Star (Night Soldiers, #2) (1991)

de Alan Furst

Sèrie: Night Soldiers (2)

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André Szara, survivor of the Polish pogroms and the Russian civil wars and a foreign correspondent for Pravda, is co-opted by the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence service to become a full-time spymaster in Paris. As deputy director of a Paris network, Szara finds his own star rising when he recruits an agent in Berlin who can supply crucial information.… (més)
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Títol:Dark Star (Night Soldiers, #2)
Autors:Alan Furst
Informació:Publisher Unknown, Kindle Edition, 390 pages
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I've read nine of Furst's books and this one is the best so far. It starts slow but builds in intensity. It focuses on a Pravda correspondent who gets pulled into the espionage business as Germany pulls the world into another world war. The action bounces between Poland, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, etc. Furst paints period pieces that give the reader the sense of the steppes, urban life, cafes, trains, old cars, old guns, etc. I kept waiting for Polanyi to appear. He does very briefly two hundred pages in but true to form by the end he's a major character who ties it up nicely. The end comes as a complete surprise so I'm not going to give it away. You'll just have to read it.....to the end. ( )
  Ed_Schneider | Dec 20, 2020 |
The first part was very hard to get into - 87 pages of multitudes of characters and organizations which were hard to keep track of or decipher. Second part started with an org chart of the spy network and it became easier to understand what was going on. Very dense book, but I kept with it and it was worth the read, though not something I felt excited to read so it took me many weeks while reading other things. I think it is a pretty good representation of life in these places as an intelligence operative in the 1937-41 timeframe. ( )
  ZachMontana | Sep 27, 2020 |
Dark Star by Alan Furst; (4*)

In this Furst novel our hero / anti-hero Szara, a Polish Jew is a Russian journalist who is coerced into the spy game.

Not quite as good as the first of this series but still excellent. Reading Furst's books the WWII espionage is giving me some much needed background in areas of the war in which I had not really given much thought. I have read several of the Manning Coles novels on spy / espionage during the war but they are not nearly as intricate of the Furst novels, though lighter reading.
I will admit that thus far I am struggling through this series. Furst writes of so many people, places, introducing the reader to fresh views of war time activity, duplicity and leaderships that even striving hard to concentrate on his excellent writing, this reader finds she must work to keep her head in the work.
We have a new hero / antihero in this second book but there are a few name droppings of characters and locales from the first.
I am intrigued! ( )
  rainpebble | Apr 7, 2019 |
This is the story of Szara, a Polish Jew, who works as a journalist and spy for the Russians in the years leading up to the Second World War. As one might expect, there is a complex plot with some interesting twists and some fascinating personalities. There is also a massive amount of history and it's obvious that Alan Furst has taken his subject seriously and done plenty of research into the origins of the Russian Revolution and the bizarre love-hate relationship between Hitler and Stalin in the 1930s. If I were to pick out a single part of the book for praise, it is the way Alan Furst describes the German invasion of Poland in 1939, beautifully dramatised with immaculate attention to detail.

If one is to be critical, one has to say that the middle third of the book sacrifices pace for historical exposition. The dialogue is unnatural and used to download information rather than to develop character. In places I felt I was reading a textbook rather than a novel. But the historical content is so interesting that many readers won't mind this at all.
The quality of the writing in Dark Star is superb, particularly in the early part of the book and in the final section. Furst takes us into a world of intrigue and authenticates it with astonishing attention to period detail. This book is a great read, and in places a great novel. ( )
1 vota Jawin | Feb 11, 2018 |
Excerpts from my original review on GR (Sep 23, 09):
-Dark Star is another smart, swiftly running espionage thriller from Alan Furst, set in Europe during the doom-infested years immediately preceding WWII. The tale is the tangled adventures of Andre Szara, Soviet Pravda journalist, as he finds himself slyly recruited into the clandestine workings of the NKVD.
-Furst tells a darkly harrowing story of Szara's assignments and double-dealings in Central Europe...
-The story reads true thanks to the author's deep research and immersion in European culture and history. He describes this and his other works as "near history". I'm convinced. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Sep 17, 2017 |
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André Szara, survivor of the Polish pogroms and the Russian civil wars and a foreign correspondent for Pravda, is co-opted by the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence service to become a full-time spymaster in Paris. As deputy director of a Paris network, Szara finds his own star rising when he recruits an agent in Berlin who can supply crucial information.

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