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Mission to Paris

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11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

If you like real life experience - not James Bond - check it out

Alan Furst is one of the few authors I have found who writes well enough to keep your interest without resorting to central characters with super powers. When a character is severely injured in a motorcycle accident and fully recuperates in a few weeks with no ongoing ...
Alan Furst is one of the few authors I have found who writes well enough to keep your interest without resorting to central characters with super powers. When a character is severely injured in a motorcycle accident and fully recuperates in a few weeks with no ongoing problems, the story loses credibility and I can't relate to the hero/heroine. Alan Furst can keep you coming back without resorting to such techniques. I, for one, would like to see more authors create down-to-earth characters that I can relate to.

posted by DPJ on May 16, 2012

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8 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

It's so annoying to see reviews from people who have not even re

It's so annoying to see reviews from people who have not even read the book. I did, so here's my review:
This very short novel does not get off the ground until after page 100. Until that, it is a huge snooze fest. And once it does get off the ground, it hardly keeps on...
It's so annoying to see reviews from people who have not even read the book. I did, so here's my review:
This very short novel does not get off the ground until after page 100. Until that, it is a huge snooze fest. And once it does get off the ground, it hardly keeps one wide awake. I have seen the remark that Furst is the best spy novel writer. Hogwash! This book barely qualifies as a book, and one can skip it and not have their life diminished one iota. Nothing of any real interest happens, and the ending is just dull. I have been reading Philip Kerr's Berlin novels in the same time period, and he writes circles around Furst. Perhaps Kerr could help Furst out on his next novel.

posted by KenCady on July 4, 2012

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    Alan Furst's novels all effectively convey just how desperate th

    Alan Furst's novels all effectively convey just how desperate things were in continental Europe of 1937-40. Mission to Paris is a switch from the Eastern European characters who know well the likelihood of impending disaster.

    We see Paris through the eyes of Frederich Stahl, an internationally acclaimed Warner Brothers American actor. Stahl, himself an Austrian emigre, is sent there to make a movie. The anemic American preparedness is brought out through the actor's suspicions of just why Jack Warner insisted he go to Paris to make a French movie. Those suspicions are confirmed through Stahl's contacts with an lone American diplomat who asks Stahl to assist him in spying on Nazi infiltration in pre-war France. I knew large numbers of French collaborated with the Nazis during the occupation. The novel brings forth in vivid detail the extent of right wing French sympathy and assistance to Germany that made the defeat of France in 1940 inevitable.

    The principal characters of Furst's novels are all thoroughly decent men caught in desperate circumstances that became routine after World War II began. Unlike many of Furst's other novels, Stahl is an American who can choose to avoid the danger. He also has powerful friends to assist him, which is a refreshing departure from many of the helpless characters of Furst's other novels. I believe this is Alan Furst's best novel. I hope he will continue Mission to Paris' focus on Americans or British who actually have a choice in the pre-World War II events in which they become embroiled.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    I haven't read this book, but it sounds like one I'd like to, an

    I haven't read this book, but it sounds like one I'd like to, and I probably will. It really irritates me that someone who hasn't even read this book will rate it 1 star. I rely on reviews to decide on whether to buy a book and immature reviewers should be censored in some way.

    2 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

    This as it has in common with all of Furst's spy histories is ta

    This as it has in common with all of Furst's spy histories is taunt lean and very very readable. I highly recommend it I opened the note in the B&N mail because I was hoping it was one I had not read yet, alas .

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    Posted June 17, 2013

    No one can re-create the mood of impending doom in prewar Europe

    No one can re-create the mood of impending doom in prewar Europe better than Alan Furst. The divisions and distrust among all classes in Parisian society are expertly woven through this novel. You can almost smell the rot, and it is especially striking against the backdrop of such a beautiful city. And the characters are is carefully drawn as the  backdrop. It's not surprising that he chose a film production tell this gripping story.

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    The first book I've read written by Furst. I'm headed back to b

    The first book I've read written by Furst. I'm headed back to buy some of his earlier novels. Very easy read with a plot that made it hard to put down. My faves are James Ellroy, Lawrence Block and Harry Turtledove. Furst could get into that group after I read some more of his novels.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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