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When a small-town Bulgarian landlord, a grocer and their cohorts, decked out in foolish uniforms and caps with goose feathers, hear a village teenager ridicule their march, they do what petty fasciststaking their cue from the no-longer laughable Nazisdid best: they gang up on the boy and kill him. Set in 1934, this evocative, moving novel concerns the travails of the boy's brother, Khristo Stoianev. Khristo, realizing the menace of fascism, takes a risk on the promise of communism and flies east to Moscow, where he becomes a promising agent of the NKVD, predecessor of the KGB. His superiors assign him to Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War and Khristo begins to experience the relentlessly cruel, cataclysmic decades of World War II and its aftermath. Furst shows a remarkable talent in his fifth novel, integrating details about the cultures of Spain, France and Eastern Europe with a fascinating story of the constantly changing, constantly unpredictable events of that world at war. Moreover, he is never so carried away by his character's adventures that he fails to accurately depict the true scale of a man's tragic life, a life like that of many who suffered during those terrible years.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A young Bulgarian, Khristo, is recruited into an elite unit of the Soviet espionage network. Bloodied and betrayed in the Spanish Civil War, he seeks oblivion in Paris but soon leads fresh sorties, this time against his Red spymasters. As World War II closes in, secret contacts among those who trained together makes it possible for most of them to evade the revenge of their former Russian overlords and eventually find their way to well-deserved refuge. An engaging writer and Esquire contributor, Furst deploys communists, fascists, and American naifs in Europe's theater of war and supports the action and romance with well-researched detail. Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Furst is trying too hard here, as a result the story is overloaded with unnecessary detail which takes you away from the plot.Published 13 months ago by Michael Abrahams
all of Alan furst books are superb but Night Soldiers is outstandingly good.After i read Spies of Warsaw i didn. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2011 by april
After having read the first of these, we ordered all of them, and have been reading them over the past two weeks. Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by James Comfort
Another good espionnage book by Furst. The only real flaw with the book is its length. If you are anything like me, you'll get the feeling that Furst is trying to make a long novel... Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2004 by mathieu laine
This novel is extremely well-written--if you like Le Carré, Furst will not disappoint you. The story, about a Bulgarian who becomes a Soviet spy between the world wars, is... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by Deb Oestreicher
I discovered this book by accident and, boy, am I glad I did. Alan Furst's writing, plotting and setting are absolutely superb. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2003 by Keith S.
This is a thrilling spy novel, set against the historical events occurring in eastern Europe during the time that Adolf Hitler rises to power and great nations prepare to engage in... Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by Vilbs
Enthralling and gripping, but not in the usual terms of the genre. Furst really knows how to write. Read morePublished on July 16 2003 by Amazon Customer