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Night Soldiers (original 1988; edition 2009)

by Alan Furst

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Member:Alastair
Title:Night Soldiers
Authors:Alan Furst
Info:Phoenix (2009), Paperback, 512 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:fiction, historical, espionage, 1930s, WWII, Europe, USA

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Night Soldiers by Alan Furst (1988)

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    Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell (ANeumann)
    ANeumann: Another example of a great piece of historical fiction.
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    The Fort by Bernard Cornwell (ANeumann)
    ANeumann: Another great historical novel of a different era.
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    Zoo Station by David Downing (majkia)
    majkia: similar books in that they focus on ordinary people swept up into becoming spies.
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  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
Brilliant WWII era spy novel. Furst's characters are full and realistic, his dialog is crisp and believable, the plotting intricate and logical. This book was a great, sprawling, epic story of a Bulgarian, Khristo Stoianev, recruited by the NKVD (Soviet secret police and forerunner of the KGB) in the lead up to the second world war. Stoianev falls victim to one of Stalin's irrational purges during Stoianev's operations in the Spanish Civil War. He escapes to France, closely pursued by his former NKVD colleagues, and hilarity ensues.

I recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in spy fiction, WWII or the inner workings of Soviet espionage organizations. ( )
1 vote Hanneri | Mar 2, 2015 |
This is the first book by Furst dealing with the time period after Hitler comes to power until the end of the war. The lead character is Khristo Stanoianev a young Bulgarian whose younger brother is killed by the local Fascists for mocking them during a parade, and who then is recruited by a Russian for a school being run by the Soviets in Moscow to train them to become NKVD (secret intelligence) operative throughout Europe.
The scope of this story is larger than the other Furst books that I have read, in that it tells Khristo's story over a long period, through the end of the war. Furst once again presents an excellent depiction of the time, its mood and overall atmosphere. ( )
  BillPilgrim | Oct 2, 2014 |
If you had to decide from internal evidence which was the first of Alan Furst's spy novels to be published, you would surely spot this one.: He tried to produce an epic and covered too much ground. From then on, he got his formula right. Epic is not his thing; depth and detail is his thing.
  sonofcarc | Feb 16, 2014 |
Re-read on the floor while the boy sleeps. I didn't like it as much as the first time, but still an A-list spy novel.
  ben_a | Dec 23, 2013 |
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In Bulgaria, in 1934, on a muddy street in the river town of Vidin, Khristo Stoianev saw his brother kicked to death by fascist militia.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375760008, Paperback)

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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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. 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 mode in 1937 Paris, and guerrilla operations with the Freanch underground in 1944.… (more)

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