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Mission to Paris by Alan Furst

Mission to Paris (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Alan Furst, Daniel Gerroll (Reader)

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Title:Mission to Paris
Authors:Alan Furst
Other authors:Daniel Gerroll (Reader)
Info:Simon & Schuster Audio (2012), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
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Tags:Fiction, Historical Fiction, Espionage

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Mission to Paris by Alan Furst (2012)

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Why, in late 1938, when tens of thousands of people are fleeing from Europe, is Frederic Stahl headed to Paris? For a film star like Stahl, working for Warner Brothers Studios, all it that matters is that Jack Warner wants him in France for a movie. What Jack Warner wants, Jack Warner gets. In the face of threats and bullying from Germany's Hitler, France and all of Europe is in turmoil. Many Parisians think it would be better to just give in and unify under Germany rather than fight another devastating war. Others would rather fight to the death than submit to the atrocities they already see spreading under Hitler's regime. Corruption and outside influence are quickly dividing an already shaky French government. Stahl, born in Austria and educated in Europe before finding his new name in American films, has always had a love for Paris. He looks forward to returning, but while the streets and sites are the same, the people and the political atmosphere have changed. Stahl is quickly swooped up by the provocateurs infesting Paris. He is pressured by German aristocrats and diplomats living in Paris, who see him as a possible sympathizer or perhaps a pawn to be used in this most dangerous game. The French also put pressure on him to join on one side or the other of the chasm dividing Paris. Stahl has to do his best to complete his movie while trying to decide whether to stay neutral like his new homeland America, or take sides, as his once beloved Paris changes around him. This flows like a well made early 1940's espionage film. You can just see picture it on a screen in black and white with a cast of international stars from one of the major film studio's list of contract players. It would be great to film it as an homage to the magnificent movies Hollywood used to make. ( )
  Ronrose1 | Feb 13, 2014 |
Mission to Paris is so evocative of that city in 1938 that readers will feel as if they've time-travelled to that significant time in the history of both Paris and the world. Alan Furst's descriptions of the intrigue that hung over the city like a dense fog of mingled fear and obliviousness paint a bittersweet portrait of a time where every action needed to be scrutinized for double meaning. Only Irene Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise, written about Paris as the Nazis entered in 1940, can compare in so richly portraying the atmosphere of dread overtaking even the smallest moments. That Furst's protagonist, Fredric Stahl, is an actor swept up by chance into espionage makes it clear how no one could escape the growing threat of Nazi Germany. ( )
  rosegrower | Jan 28, 2014 |
Book 12, in the Night Soldiers series

Mr. Furst returns once more to pre-war Europe, nothing is formulaic about his novels each stands on its own although some may recognize old faces form time to time.

In “Mission to Paris “, the author lures his protagonist Fredric Stahl, twice Oscar nominated movie star to the “City of Light”. Fredic thinks he is in France to play the leading role for paramount in “Après la Guerre”. But in Europe 1938 things are not really as they seem after all it is a frightening time as the Continent is moving towards war.

Fredic makes the movie and gets entangle with all sorts of characters and attracts the attention of the Germans who are very interested in him. All they want is for him to come to Berlin and be a judge in their film festival… This is an unsubtle attempt to recruit him to spout out pro-Nazi sentiment. Fredric is very skeptical that accepting the offer would be good for his career. Saying no may not be an option and from there he finds himself in direct opposition with the propaganda meisters….Fredic seeks help from the American Embassy and in doing so he inevitably becomes one of their useful courier and information gatherer …….

“Mission in Paris” is an historical spy fiction that gives us clues into the propaganda warfare that the Nazis and the French sympathizers waged on France. The novel is entertaining enough although I found the denouement to be rather weak and its third person narrative to be a bit cheesy at time. There are crackerjack scenes but they lack in suspense is as if the author ran out of steam describing them. I like the happy ending, rare and unlikely did they happen in those days.

Although this novel is good it is definitely not Furst at his best and definitely not the one I preferred the most. ( )
  Tigerpaw70 | Dec 17, 2013 |
I couldn't get into it.
  rakerman | Dec 6, 2013 |
Furst is an old pro and he makes the creation of this compelling tale look easy. Readers are drawn to things almost everyone loves--great food, champagne, Paris, movie stars--and things they hate: the Nazis, who, after nearly 75 years are despicable as ever. Pre-war Europe is the author's chosen period, and he has mined the black and white moral choices of his characters in many works. Here a European film star who has made it big in Hollywood returns to France to make a movie. We learn about pre-production, casting, and other technical aspects of film making as the star enjoys first-class life in the world's first-class city. Beautiful people though have agendas too, and some are seeking to undermine France as Germany prepares for war. Suddenly the star discovers he is being played by everyone, and he is forced to make decisions which test his heart, his courage, and his moral compass. This complexity unfolds with the practiced ease of a good waiter serving a stunning feast. The tension runs to the last page and my only regret is that Mission to Paris is so short. ( )
  neddludd | Oct 27, 2013 |
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In the 1930s, the Nazi government of Germany, bitterly
resentful at having lost the 1914 war, determined to
destroy its traditional enemy, France. Force of arms lay
in the future, but a small bureau in the Reich Foreign
Ministry undertook operations to weaken French morale
and degrade France's will to defend herself. This strategy,
using ancient and well-proven methods, was know as
political warfare.
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In Paris, the evenings of September are sometimes warm, excessively gentle, and, in the magic particular to that city, irresistibly seductive.
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From Amazon.com: It's the late summer of 1938, Europe is about to explode, and the Hollywood film star Fredric Stahl is on his way to Paris to make a movie for Paramount France. The Nazis know he’s coming -- a secret bureau within the Reich Foreign Ministry has for years been waging political warfare against France, using bribery, intimidation, and corrupt newspapers to weaken French morale and degrade France’s will to defend herself.

For their purposes, Fredric Stahl is a perfect agent of influence, and they attack him. What they don’t know is that Stahl, horrified by the Nazi war on Jews and intellectuals, has become part of an informal spy service being run out of the American embassy in Paris.

From Alan Furst, the bestselling author, often praised as the best spy novelist ever, comes a novel that’s truly hard to put down. Mission to Paris includes beautifully drawn scenes of romance and intimacy, and the novel is alive with extraordinary characters: the German Baroness von Reschke, a famous hostess deeply involved in Nazi clandestine operations; the assassins Herbert and Lothar; the Russian film actress and spy Olga Orlova; the Hungarian diplomat and spy, Count Janos Polanyi; along with the French cast of Stahl’s movie, German film producers, and the magnetic women in Stahl’s life, the socialite Kiki de Saint-Ange and the émigré Renate Steiner.

But always at the center of the novel is the city of Paris, the heart and soul of Europe -- its alleys and bistros, hotels grand and anonymous, and the Parisians, living every night as though it was their last.
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Autumn 1939. In Paris American motion picture producer Frederic Stahl is drawn into a clandestine world of foreign correspondents, exiled Spanish republicans, and spies of every sort. As a celebrity from neutral America -- who can travel across the continent freely -- Stahl could be very useful indeed.… (more)

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