Under Occupation

Under Occupation

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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"After the Nazi victory over Poland in 1939, thousands of Poles were sent to Germany as slave laborers. From inside enemy territory, they found ways to get valuable information to resistance fighters in France. Paul Ricard, a French writer of detective novels, is drawn in to working in the resistance, as a spy against the Reich, and is charged with getting the information from the Polish prisoners to the Allied forces. Alongside him in the fight against Germany are an émigré girl and a mysterious Turkish woman who is in the contract espionage business."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780399592300
039959230X
Branch Call Number: FIC FURST
Characteristics: 206 pages : maps

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Gingerman_0
Aug 04, 2020

Very poor novel -- shallow and disjointed. I couldn't even finish it!

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NFN
Aug 01, 2020

A very short and shallow book with little effort to develop the story or characters.

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Ryno23
Apr 07, 2020

*Checking cover one more time* Yep, still says Alan Furst.

This book had a potentially interesting main character and sidekick. It had the in-depth detail of location that we are used to. It just didn’t have ..... soul. Only in the final dozen pages did the soul start to appear. Maybe he was trying something different.

Please, sir, do not do that again.

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Lotushead
Feb 12, 2020

I have read I believe every book written by Alan. This one I am sorry to say is his worst, but still acceptable. For more interesting there is The Foreign Correspondent, or Spies of the Balkans.

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maipenrai
Jan 21, 2020

As I listened to this book, I thought I was channeling Raymond Chandler and could hear Humphrey Bogart delivering the lines. Mr. Furst certainly does not believe in fleshing out his characters. Each "chapter" involved another traitor or a dead woman , or a new city / country. It felt like the book was being written for a series in a magazine - one episode per edition. If it is the author's purpose to sound like he is really writing in the 1940's and chasing the Maltese Falcon, he achieves it. I prefer books that give you enough information about characters that you become involved in their fates. There were enough story lines here to fill 6 books. Despite all these comments, I did not completely dislike the book, but if I want to read pot boilers from the 1940's, I will go to the real deal - Dashiell Hammett - Rex Stout - John Dickson Carr - S. S. Van Dine. I think the book had potential, but threw everything but the kitchen sink into a frenetic story line. Kristi & Abby Tabby

debwalker Jan 18, 2020

1942. Occupied Paris. Gestapo. Great read.

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empbee
Dec 27, 2019

A short insight into the French resistance in 1942-43.

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badcatalog
Dec 23, 2019

Like other Alan Furst novels about espionage, this latest book will have you reading into the night as his characters develop relationships and espionage techniques to fool the Germans and get essential military information from the resistance into the right hands. His characters are full of life, passion and creativity and this book ended too soon. Highly recommend this for anyone who wants a good read about real life espionage against the Third Reich.

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looper46
Dec 17, 2019

The newest from Furst! One of my favorite writers of this genre, usually set in Paris and surrounding areas, which I'm familiar with.

His stuff is pretty formula driven: espionage, some sex, boy gets girl, and the Germans are bad, and always shown up.

Though some parts were a little simplistic, its always easy to steal large sophisticated weapons of war, and smuggle them across France with little trouble, I always enjoy his works.

I think his earlier works are better, a little more complicated and good character development, but I did enjoy this book. I was stuck(!) in Maui with little reading material so read this twice. It seems to be more informative to follow the maps of Paris and France.

So, all you fans out there, ENJOY!

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