Midnight in Europe
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|Midnight in Europe
By Alan Furst
Publication Date: June 4, 2014
Duration: 8:13 hours
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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
I had not yet read any book by Alan Furst, so I seized the opportunity as this audiobook was graciously sent to me by Simon & Schuster Audio. At the difference of the previous one they sent me, All The Light We Cannot See, Midnight In Europe didn’t leave me that ecstatic.
Cristián Ferrar is a lawyer. He emigrated from Spain and works in Paris. But he is more than a lawyer and on the side he is involved in helping a clandestine group buy weapons to help the Spanish Republic fight against fascism. He runs into all kinds of shady characters from all over Europe, and has to figure out if there’s any he can trust in his very dangerous mission. To top it all, a client of his says she’s a Marquesa. Is she? Can he safely build a relationship with her, or is she also a spy?
For a spy novel, I thought this was really slow, and I found Ferrar’s references to his former lover Eileen unnecessary. But maybe it’s because I have not read the previous book in the series. What I found good was the historical background of all that was going on in Spain, and in Europe just before it found itself under the boot of Hitler.
Thoughts on the audio production:
The narrator was good, his voice pleasant to listen. In fact, I may have gone on listening mostly because I really enjoyed his voice. He introduced nice nuances of tones and accents between the different characters.
VERDICT: If you are interested in a different perspective on Europe at the time of Franco and Hitler, this spy novel will give you a good inkling.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT
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. [Goodreads]
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Night Soldiers novels
* Night Soldiers (1988)
* Dark Star (1991)
* The Polish Officer (1995)
* The World at Night (1996)
* Red Gold (1999)
* Kingdom of Shadows (2000)
* Blood of Victory (2003)
* Dark Voyage (2004)
* The Foreign Correspondent (2006)
* The Spies of Warsaw (2008)
* Spies of the Balkans (2010)
* Mission to Paris (2012)
* Midnight in Europe (2013)