I thought this was a good read, historical fiction with a mystery, lots of travel and insider view of pre-WW2 shenanigans by Nazis, how they got the French to delay arming themselves and building up military. This was my first book by this author, am anxious to read more. Fast paced and enjoyable.
A compact pre-war spy story with the background of four months of an American actor making a movie in Paris. A eye-opening view of French and German politics before the German invasion of France in 1940. Not as well written as some other of Furst-s book, still it keeps you interested.
Both Alan Furst and Daniel Silva write evocative, atmospheric spy novels that share moods of bleak melancholy, complex plots, and solid research. However, while Silva's are set in the present (albeit with a deep awareness of the past), Furst's are set in the 1930s and '40s, and Mission to Paris is no exception. Twelfth in the loosely connected Night Soldiers series, it stars Hollywood movie star Fredric Stahl, filming in Paris on the eve of 1938's Munich Appeasement. While the Germans wish to use him for their own purposes, Stahl has other ideas, and ultimately gets caught up in a dangerous game of politics and espionage.
Not a great Furst book, but certainly acceptable. Really like the period of pre-WWII in Europe. Cheer up, y'all he has a new book coming out in June, if you're a fan ~ 20 people already have placed holds, so get crackin'!
i am not sure why some people are complaining about this book. It was very good in my opinion. It only differed from most of Furst's books in that the story had a hero who was not as heroic. It actually seemed more believable that many of his novels.
Furst has traditionally been one of the best reads around. This novel is by far his worst. Hopefully, he has not run out of material but this effort certainly makes it look so.
One can never go wrong with an Alan Furst book!
I, too, feel the last two books have been attenuated and weak. I would rather read Alan Furst than just about anyone. It might give his work a kick in the pants to move either to another setting in that historical area (the East?) or to go for a series of cold war thrillers, or Vietnam and beyond thrillers John LeCarre has straddled several eras most convincingly; maybe Mr. Furst might enjoy branching out a little.
Mission to Paris is a classic spy novel in which Viennese-born Hollywood actor Frederic Stahl is sent to Paris in 1938 to make a motion picture. Stahl soon becomes a pawn as the Nazis pressure him to provide them with propaganda opportunities. Meanwhile the American embassy uses him to get information on the Nazis.
The novel builds suspense slowly to a climax, meanwhile portraying a Paris that has been corrupted by money from Nazi Germany. The Nazis bribe and threaten anyone who is useful to them leading to the moral bankruptcy of the French government and the destruction of the French peoples’ élan which carried them through WWI.
Mission to Paris is a great read as a spy novel and also helps to explain why the French were unable to resist the Nazis, leading to the Fall of France in 1940.
Don't bother. Having read all of Furst's previous novels, I was very disappointed. His "Spies of the Balkans and Spies of Warsaw" started this downhill trend. In my opinion, Mr. Furst has run out of material.
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