A Hero of France

A Hero of France

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"Alan Furst goes to war: Occupied Paris for the first time since Red Gold (1999 pub), Furst has set this novel during the war itself, instead of on the eve of the war. Members of the French Resistance network young and old, aristocrats and schoolteachers, defiant heroes and ordinary people all engaged in clandestine actions in the cause of freedom. From the secret hotels and Nazi-infested nightclubs of Paris to the villages of Rouen and Orleans. An action-packed story of romance, intrigue, spies, bravery, and air battles"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780812996494
Characteristics: 234 pages :,maps ;,25 cm

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In his 14th novel, Furst captures the dangers and intrigue of the French Resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris. Showcasing Furst’s perfect pacing, eloquent prose style and meticulous research, the book is a masterly tale of espionage and historical fiction.


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BryanSeattle
Dec 20, 2016

NFN has it just right - its very hard to believe Furst actually wrote this. It's almost like they published his outline by mistake. Furst's early books are fabulous. His last several seem just cranked out and this is the worst yet. Makes the Nazis and Vichy French seem like bumbling fools, his main character does stupid stuff that his prior characters would never do and yet - SPOILER ALERT - doesn't pay for it at all. All his recent books have happy endings, but this one is ridiculous in any number of ways. If you're a Furst fan, do yourself a favor and don't read this; re-read the Polish Officer or Night Soldiers instead.

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EmilyEm
Oct 17, 2016

Furst tells the story of WW II French Resistance cell who help downed British airmen escape German capture.

Good story told day-to-day over several months with increasing higher stakes for its members. It’s billed as a thriller, which is a bit of a stretch for what’s called a thriller these days. Good characters, good reading.

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AugustusCaesar
Sep 02, 2016

This is OK, a bit of a Hollywood ending, but his other books are superb! I strongly encourage anyone who likes the genre to seek out his early work. Start at the beginning, if you can.

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NFN
Aug 25, 2016

It's hard to believe that Furst wrote this book; the writing is amateurish and simplistic, the characters and setting are never developed, and the plot is predictable. In several cases, character descriptions with irrelevant details were repeated verbatim! A further irritant was the explanation of simple French words like arret, liberte, and frites. The book might be of interest to readers struggling with English because it's very short, the words are simple, and there is no subtlety.

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annphi
Aug 16, 2016

I felt this novel dreadfully slow paced. The first ten chapters could have been eliminated. It lacked suspense , with more characters than necessary. Finally at the end, it became suspenseful. So many missed opportunities. I am a historical fiction buff and this ranks as" I wish I had not bothered"

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Winnipeg1
Jul 06, 2016

Intense & suspenseful, couldn't put it down. If not based on known true stories, everything in the book could have been true. Great book from a knowledgeable, accomplished writer.

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AlmadenAFS
Jul 05, 2016

My first time reading Furst, enjoyed his style. Easy read.

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looper46
Jun 30, 2016

Newest from Furst. Better read than I thought it would be, fast moving, always the right amount of sex, food, and violence. If you are a Furst fan and of his style, you will enjoy it. Always like his stuff.

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SEBoiko
Oct 17, 2016

... they talk to the authorities but they say nothing.

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SEBoiko
Oct 17, 2016

... Germans can be vengeful if they aren't winning.

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SEBoiko
Oct 17, 2016

Conquest, you know, for some it is a kind of drug.

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SEBoiko
Oct 17, 2016

The worst part of war is when you lose friends.

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