Midnight in Europe: A Novel

Midnight in Europe: A Novel

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by Alan Furst

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Paris, 1938. As the shadow of war darkens Europe, democratic forces on the Continent struggle against fascism and communism, while in Spain the war has already begun. Alan Furst, whom Vince Flynn has called “the most talented espionage novelist of our generation,” now gives us a taut, suspenseful, romantic,



Paris, 1938. As the shadow of war darkens Europe, democratic forces on the Continent struggle against fascism and communism, while in Spain the war has already begun. Alan Furst, whom Vince Flynn has called “the most talented espionage novelist of our generation,” now gives us a taut, suspenseful, romantic, and richly rendered novel of spies and secret operatives in Paris and New York, in Warsaw and Odessa, on the eve of World War II.
Cristián Ferrar, a brilliant and handsome Spanish émigré, is a lawyer in the Paris office of a prestigious international law firm. Ferrar is approached by the embassy of the Spanish Republic and asked to help a clandestine agency trying desperately to supply weapons to the Republic’s beleaguered army—an effort that puts his life at risk in the battle against fascism.
Joining Ferrar in this mission is a group of unlikely men and women: idealists and gangsters, arms traders and aristocrats and spies. From shady Paris nightclubs to white-shoe New York law firms, from brothels in Istanbul to the dockyards of Poland, Ferrar and his allies battle the secret agents of Hitler and Franco. And what allies they are: there’s Max de Lyon, a former arms merchant now hunted by the Gestapo; the Marquesa Maria Cristina, a beautiful aristocrat with a taste for danger; and the Macedonian Stavros, who grew up “fighting Bulgarian bandits. After that, being a gangster was easy.” Then there is Eileen Moore, the American woman Ferrar could never forget.
In Midnight in Europe, Alan Furst paints a spellbinding portrait of a continent marching into a nightmare—and the heroes and heroines who fought back against the darkness.

Praise for Alan Furst and Midnight in Europe
“Furst never stops astounding me.”—Tom Hanks
“Furst is the best in the business.”—Vince Flynn
“Elegant, gripping . . . [Furst] remains at the top of his game.”—The New York Times
“Suspenseful and sophisticated . . . No espionage author, it seems, is better at summoning the shifting moods and emotional atmosphere of Europe before the start of World War II than Alan Furst.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Endlessly compelling . . . Furst delivers an observant, sexy, and thrilling tale set in the outskirts of World War II. In Furst’s hands, Paris once again comes alive with intrigue.”—Erik Larson
“Too much fun to put down . . . [Furst is] a master of the atmospheric thriller.”—The Boston Globe

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Library Journal
In 1938 Paris, Spanish Bourbon descendant Gregorio D'Alba runs guns and gathers intelligence for the Spanish Republic, then goes big time when he agrees to infiltrate the Nationalist government (with a little support from the British and Americans). Sales for master-of-espionage Furst keep going up.

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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, Mission to Paris, and Midnight in Europe. Born in New York, he lived for many years in Paris, and now lives on Long Island.

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Sag Harbor, New York
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New York, New York
B.A., Oberlin College

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Midnight in Europe 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
billty45 More than 1 year ago
Another great book in Furst's series of pre-WWII spy novels. Just by reading, you can picture the characters. There are some returning characters from other Furst novels. This novel takes you from New York City to Paris to Berlin, Poland and Spain. The main character is not a hero but must deal with the situations that he is placed into. Very easy to read and follow the story and characters. Read in less than 2 days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Alan Furst's novels and this one is in the same tradition. He creates an atmosphere that makes you feel you are living alongside his characters. I highly recommend this novel and his other novels as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Recieved a free uncorrected copy through Goodreads First reads First off Let me say this, I received the uncorrected proof of Midnight in Europe. And I didn't catch any writing flaws of grammatical errors. Which is awesome!!! So, if you know me, you would know that I love and crave romance novels. There's another side of me though, that not a ton of people know about, that side of me loves novels that center around Wars. All wars. World War two is my favorite era for novels. Midnight in Europe centers around that harshness. Who do you trust? How can you decipher who is a spy? Who is a friend? Who is the enemy? In a world of danger and distrust, blood and Guns, who is your ally? This book was suspenseful with a touch or two of romance!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
irving-roberts More than 1 year ago
For anyone interested in the events leading up to WWII and the rise of Nazi Germany this book provides a powerful story and gives one food for thought. I am very interested in this historic time period and look to the novel to push me to reading the history.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Very bland, weak and forgetable Ferrar as the main character. I was 6 years old when the Spanish civil war started between Franco's Nationalists and the Republicans that was a coalition of some so called republicans penetrated by anarchists, socialists and communists backed by the URSS. These animals commited a carnage of catholic priests, nuns, and catholicsin general murdering them by the thousands and burning dozens of churches and convents. Just wonder why the author was silent in this "fiction" fantasy story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 1st Alan Furst I have read and I was impressed. Thoughtful, insightful. Interesting times these were.
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jhmJM More than 1 year ago
This book is not up to his usual standard. I wonder if he owed his publisher a book and didn't have the time to do it right.
AXLP More than 1 year ago
Worst book of his I have ever read. It's 199 pages of... nothing. He is all over the place - starting a plot line and then leaving it till well never. Not sure what the deal is, but it's like he forgot how to write. I love ALL of his other books!
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(Sory ben busy with practice and then went to state as a manager) Come on in. Its open
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read like a "paint by numbers" if that makes sense. I was so looking forward to this book but I think it is his weakest story...
marvless More than 1 year ago
I definitely have to agree with all of the other reviewers that this novel, at best, rates a mere two stars. The plot line was very weak, a lot like a badly frayed rope. I couldn't really identify with any of the characters. That left a big void in my enjoying the reading. The failure to identify with these characters is the fault of bad character development in Furst's writing. This was my first and last foray into his novels. There are simply too many really good writers out there for me to waste time (and money) on these books.
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ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
Cristian Ferrar is a lawyer, a bachelor, a ladies man and now that Fascism and Socialism are threatening to spread their menacing reach across Europe he has added spy and arms buyer to the list. Cristian was born in Spain but due to political turmoil his family emigrated to France. Wanting to help his home country of Spain in any way he can Cristian finds himself working for the embassy of the Spanish Republic in their fight against General Franco's Facist Army. A lot of international men traveled to Spain to fight for the Republic but Cristian's family commitments of being the only one supporting his father, mother, cousin, and grandmother left him conflicted so he chose his family and didn't join the fighting forces but his job for the embassy was just as important if not more important than joining in the fighting and he still was able to provide for his family. Working with, Max de Lyon, Cristian goes about the task of not only buying arms for the republic but also risking everything to try to get these much needed weapons to the men fighting for the republic. Max has been at the spy game for a long time and shows Cristian how the game is played but don't count Cristian as the Robin to Max's Batman no Cristian's resources and quick thinking get them all out of some sticky situations. The war for the republic of Spain is looking bleak as Franco gets back up from Hitler and Mussolini making Cristian's mission all the more important.  The game of espionage is a dangerous one and Cristian finds himself in quite a few situations where his very life is on the line. Racing across Europe to obtain and ship the armaments for the republic tests not only Cristian's resolve but his wits. I however did not find the thrill that should have been there in the more hairy situations Cristian found himself in because there was a lack of something, it just didn't pull me in. Espionage is not the only thing on Cristian's mind. Love affairs with three different women from three different countries also keeps him pretty busy, maybe he is trying to compete with 007! One a teacher, another a author/librarian, another a spy, Cristian can sure pick them. The ending had to do with love and not war which is always nice but again there was something lacking, something missing, and I just was like blah which Teed Me Off because this is so my type of book. All in all it wasn't horrible but it wasn't that great either it just was. So unfortunately I was quite disappointed.