Classic Spy Novels 3-Book Bundle: Night Soldiers, The World at Night, Kingdom of Shadows [NOOK Book]

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From Alan Furst, often compared to John le Carré, Graham Greene, and Eric Ambler, and praised as the best spy novelist ever, a trio of his classic works
 
Furst, known for panoramic vision, deep authenticity, and a magnificent eye for historical detail, always sets his novels in the twilight world of Europe in the 1930s and first years of World War II, when the British, Russian, German, and many other spy services fought it out in the ...
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Classic Spy Novels 3-Book Bundle: Night Soldiers, The World at Night, Kingdom of Shadows

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From Alan Furst, often compared to John le Carré, Graham Greene, and Eric Ambler, and praised as the best spy novelist ever, a trio of his classic works
 
Furst, known for panoramic vision, deep authenticity, and a magnificent eye for historical detail, always sets his novels in the twilight world of Europe in the 1930s and first years of World War II, when the British, Russian, German, and many other spy services fought it out in the alleys and grand hotels of Paris, Berlin, and other cities on the Continent. The three classic spy novels in this “read all night” eBook bundle will transport you to the dark conflict between fascists, communists, and the people who fought back against them.
 
Includes a preview of Alan Furst’s new novel, Mission to Paris—with movie stars, elite spies, and German political warfare—on sale in June.
 
“The writing in Mission to Paris, sentence after sentence, page after page, is dazzling. If you are a John le Carré fan, this is definitely a novel for you.”—James Patterson
 
“I am a huge fan of Alan Furst. Furst is the best in the business—the most talented espionage novelist of our generation.”—Vince Flynn
 
NIGHT SOLDIERS

Bulgaria, 1934. A young man is murdered by the local fascists. His brother, Khristo Stoianev, is recruited into the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence service, and sent to Spain to serve in its civil war. Warned that he is about to become a victim of Stalin’s purges, Khristo flees to Paris. Night Soldiers masterfully re-creates the European world of 1934–35: the struggle between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia for Eastern Europe, the last desperate gaiety of the beau monde in 1937 Paris, and guerrilla operations with the French underground in 1944. Night Soldiers is a scrupulously researched panoramic novel, a work on a grand scale.
 
THE WORLD AT NIGHT

Paris, 1940. The civilized, upper-class life of film producer Jean Casson is derailed by the German occupation of Paris, but Casson learns that with enough money, compromise, and connections, one need not deny oneself the pleasures of Parisian life. Somewhere inside Casson, though, is a stubborn romantic streak. When he’s offered the chance to take part in an operation of the British secret service, this idealism gives him the courage to say yes. A simple mission, but it goes wrong, and Casson realizes that he must gamble everything—his career, the woman he loves, life itself. Here is a brilliant re-creation of France—its spirit in the moment of defeat, its valor in the moment of rebirth.
 
KINGDOM OF SHADOWS

Paris, 1938. As Europe edges toward war, Nicholas Morath, an urbane former cavalry officer, spends his days working at the small advertising agency he owns and his nights in the bohemian circles of his Argentine mistress. But Morath has been recruited by his uncle, Count Janos Polanyi, a diplomat in the Hungarian legation, for operations against Hitler’s Germany. It is Morath who does Polanyi’s clandestine work, moving between the beach cafés of Juan-les-Pins and the forests of Ruthenia, from Czech fortresses in the Sudetenland to the private gardens of the déclassé royalty in Budapest. The web Polanyi spins for Morath is deep and complex and pits him against German intelligence officers, NKVD renegades, and Croat assassins in a shadow war of treachery and uncertain loyalties, a war that Hungary cannot afford to lose. Alan Furst is frequently compared with Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, and John le Carré, but Kingdom of Shadows is distinctive and entirely original. It is Furst at his very best.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812984170
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/14/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1040
  • Sales rank: 76,605
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Alan Furst
Alan Furst is widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel. Now translated into eighteen languages, he is the author of Night Soldiers, Dark Star, The Polish Officer, The World at Night, Red Gold, Kingdom of Shadows, Blood of Victory, Dark Voyage, The Foreign Correspondent, The Spies of Warsaw, Spies of the Balkans, and Mission to Paris. Born in New York, he lived for many years in Paris, and now lives on Long Island.

Biography

Alan Furst may have the narrowest purview in literature. His books – which he calls historical espionage novels -- are all set in Europe between 1933 and 1945, and all are stories of World War II intrigue.

But that brief eight-year period in history has given Furst a rich amount of source material; although he had published a handful of earlier novels (now out of print, some of them fetch hundreds of dollars) Furst hit his stride with 1988’s Night Soldiers , his first book to concentrate on the decade that would forever change the world. Furst had found his niche. As Salon rhapsodized in a 2001 review, "...to talk about one of his books is to talk about them all. He is writing one large book in which each new entry adds a piece to the mosaic of Europe in the years leading up to the war, as created by a partisan of the senses."

Furst's books are grounded in their author’s extensive research of the period, and are written in an almost newsy prose broken occasionally by beautiful, lyrical passages describing, say, a Paris morning in the 1940s, or night at the Czechoslavakian-Hungarian border. History buffs will find much to love here; while the books are fiction, some of the details are factual. In Night Soldiers, for example, immigrants arriving at Ellis Island exchanged their clothing for new outfits; in reality, the American government often bought clothing from immigrants to use as costumes for its spies.

And while Furst’s novels are entertaining and, often, elegant, they are not easy reads: the books traverse through a wide swath of Europe (an important character itself in Furst’s fiction), and characters duck behind corners and sometimes stumble into the continent’s more remote regions (while not partying in Paris, that is). Though his male protagonists manage to find and sometimes lose lovers, Furst’s books are primarily concerned with the moral slipperiness involved in fighting off Hitler's advance, where even the best intentions could produce regrettable results.

Furst's books have grown leaner and tauter over the years, the result of a conscious effort "to say more by saying less." Notwithstanding this paring back, or perhaps because of it, the praise for his books only seems to multiply, and Furst’s writing has lost none of its veracity or suspense. Furst, who many critics consider literature’s best-kept secret, may not be a household name yet, but with such buzz, his low profile won’t last much longer.

Good To Know

Night Soldiers originated from a piece Furst wrote for Esquire in 1983. He was also a reporter for the International Herald Tribune and wrote a biography of cookie entrepeneur Debbie Fields.

Furst wrote in a 2002 essay, "For me, Anthony Powell is a religion. I read A Dance to the Music of Time every few years."

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    1. Hometown:
      Sag Harbor, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Oberlin College

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  • Posted September 10, 2012

    Exceptional story telling

    Exceptional story telling, really gets to the heart of what Paris and Europe was like during the late 30's and early 40's. Reccommend this trilogy to any spy novrl fan.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    Difficult reading

    I am sure the stories are very good, but they are written in a fashion that I have trouble staying with. So, I will finish them, I'm sure,butin a leasuely pace.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Aerith                                                          

    Aerith                                                                                                                                                                                                    No....I'm sorry......but yet I feel like I have a connection to you....um...what's you're name? I'm Aerith.((don't worry. some stupid anon was all like,'magic anon! aerith forgot everything! baiiiiiiiii~'))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Aerith                                                          

    Aerith                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ((PFFFFTTT!BWAAHAHAHAH!! I'm just laughing my head off right now...! Ahhhhhh! Poor Roxas!)) Who....who are you people?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Aerith                                                          

    Aerith                                                                                                                                                                                                -was sitting on the ground, looking very confused- I can't remember anything from last night.........did something big happen? 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Aerith                                                          

    Aerith                                                                                                                                                                                                          ((this Aerith is from Kingdom Hearts 2.)) You know that I want you....and you know that I need you...I want it bad..a bad romance..-she really kissed him this time and pulled away- I have to go. See you later!-she walked off, smirking to herself-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Aerith                                                          

    Aerith                                                                                                                                                                                                    -she smirks, now knowing that Roxas is still a vrigin- Hey Roxas.....'Don't cha wish yer girlfriend was hot like me? Don't cha wish yer girlfriend was free like me?'-she takes on more revealing poses and gets real up-close-and-personal with roxas, looking like she's about to kiss him- How bout' it sweetie?-she winks and does the victory sign- Hehe!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Aerith                                                          

    Aerith                                                                                                                                                                                                                      she saw kairi and roxas and she blushed harder- This is embarrassing...-she took off her heels, clearly showing discomfort in them-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Aerith                                                          

    Aerith                                                                                                                                                                                                     -she comes running in and looks behind her-SHI--before she could finish, there was a poof of smoke and she reappeared wearing a sexier version of her original dress- Crap..... 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Aerith                                                          

    Aerith                                                                                                                                                                                                 -her expression faded into a more sad and rejected look, hearing Roxas- You're welcome....-she got up, her bangs covering her eyes- I'm gonna advertize.((.....-blinks and starts dancing to a numa numa guy loop-))

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Aerith                                                          

    Aerith                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ah. I made you guys some tea!-she hands a glass to Kairi and Roxas- I hope you like it.-she smiled and sat down-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Aerith to Hi                                                    

    Aerith to Hi                                                                                                                                                                                       Of course!-saw two Kairis- Huh...? Kairi? Why are there two of you...?-she looked confused-                                                                                                               

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Hi

    May i be Sora?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Aerith                                                          

    Aerith                                                                                                                                                                                                 -she suddenly looked very scared when Kairi spoke- Physical...as in pain? Shot through the heart, poison?((have you ever heard of the name 'Skydust'? He's a griffin who's constantly being rejected wherever he goes. He's never called a clan 'home'...))  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Aerith                                                          

    Aerith                                                                                                                                                                                                 Huh? Where?-she became suddenly serious-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Aerith                                                          

    Aerith                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Is it physical or do you miss Sora? I know he was your best friend..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Aerith                                                          

    Aerith                                                                                                                                                                                                   xP You're welcome Roxas. What is it Kairi?-her expression was worried while seeing Kairi in this state-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Aerith                                                          

    Aerith                                                                                                                                                                                                     Of course! Roxas, you're so cute!-hugs him- 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Aerith                                                          

    Aerith                                                                                                                                                                                                   Not sure sweetie...-she bent down and kissed his forehead- Also Roxy, there's Kairi(Sora's friend), Namine(Kairi's Nobody), Yuffie(awesome ninja), and um..that's all I can think of right now...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Aerith                                                          

    Aerith                                                                                                                                                                                                     -fixes her red bow- I don't know what you're talking about...-tackle hugs him-  Who do you want to be? There's Leon.((HINT HINT)) 

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