Night Soldiers

Night Soldiers

by Alan Furst
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Night Soldiers by Alan Furst

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 1934–45: 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.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307488817
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/19/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 81,101
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Alan Furst, widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, is the author of Midnight in Europe, Mission to Paris, and numerous other bestsellers. His books have been translated into 18 languages. Born in New York, he spent many years in Paris, and now lives on Long Island.

Hometown:

Sag Harbor, New York

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

B.A., Oberlin College

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Night Soldiers 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Mark Wunschel More than 1 year ago
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
BlueVilla More than 1 year ago
Furst is a master of the espionage book, set in the 1930s and 1940s.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perhaps the best I have read so far from the author. Intend to keep reading his other novels.
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