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Night Soldiers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2003

    The soul of Europe just before WWII

    Khristo Stoianev is the protagonist of this novel about the years before World War II. He is a Bulgarian, growing up as a fisherman working the Danube. He is about 18 when his brother is beaten to death by a Fascist troop in his home town, and Khristo is thereby recruited into the Soviet NKVD as a spy. The first long part of the book is about his training in Arbat Street in the methods of spycraft, and the formation, among his companions, of a brotherhood that will tie together the plot through the sections that follow. Soianev is sent to Spain during the Civil War, but escapes the purges when one of his brotherhood warns him of his arrest, lives in Paris and is peripherally involved in a killing by Bulgarian emigres, and is sent to prison at the behest of British secret service. He is released by another of the brotherhood, joins the resistance and is smuggled out of France to Switzerland by the Americans. Sent back to Prague as a spy, he finally learns of a defection and enlists the aid of the Americans to exfiltrate the NKVD spy. The novel is always literate, well paced, with believable characters and interesting historical comments. Thoroughly enjoyable, I read most of this in one evening.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2004

    I'll read them all.

    I just read Night Soldiers and will now read all of Furst's espionage novels. The writing is fine, the characters sympathetic and believable, the tradecraft authentic, the historical background excellently developed. I couldn't put it down and really cared about several characters. I have one minor criticism, which may relate to an unavoidable problem in a book of such sweeping scope. He introduces some intriguing plot twists which he doesn't sufficiently develop. For example, in the Spanish Civil War segment, Fay Bern has very strong reason to be suspicious of the loyalties of her lover, Andre. She could have picked up on the clues and faced a decision to trust him or not. Or suspicion could have fallen on her, with her able to escape only by pointing to him. The dramatic possibilities were terrific. Instead, the theme just gets dropped. There are a few other loose ends like this, but the novel is nearly 500 pages, so something had to be sacrificed. Despite such minor quibbles, I am looking forward to reading Dark Star and then his other books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    cunning and lntriging

    a peak lnto a world that is little known. written ln furst's true fashion.this book was my first furst and kept me reading many more

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Another fine Furst book.

    Furst is a master of the espionage book, set in the 1930s and 1940s.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 30, 2012

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    Hated it.

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