Odessa - city of Jewish gangsters, birthplace of Trotsky and ace spy Sidney Reilly, a mixture of chicken markets and Palladian architecture. The story begins on a Black Sea freighter in the winter of 1940. A.A. Serebin, poet and journalist, is on his way to Istanbul to effect the release of a former lover. The novel brings Serebin and his ...Read MoreOdessa - city of Jewish gangsters, birthplace of Trotsky and ace spy Sidney Reilly, a mixture of chicken markets and Palladian architecture. The story begins on a Black Sea freighter in the winter of 1940. A.A. Serebin, poet and journalist, is on his way to Istanbul to effect the release of a former lover. The novel brings Serebin and his protector, police officer Ascher Levitch, into contact with a foreign espionage network centred in the Russian emigre communities of Paris, Berlin and Belgrade, as well as in Odessa itself. BLOOD OF VICTORY is a panoramic novel, moving between Istanbul, Bucharest, Paris, Sofia and the Black Sea coast, involving Turkish secret police, Russian chekhists, French aristocrats, Roumanian millionaires, Polish exiles and British spies. It is Alan Furst at his uniquely brilliant best. 'Furst's ability to recreate the terrors of espionage is matchless' - Robert Harris 'Nothing can be like watching CASABLANCA for the first time, but Furst comes closer than anyone has in years' - TimeRead Less
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Furst is a highly acclaimed writer of WWII spy fiction. His realistic settings, characters, and plots are far removed from the James Bond genre. In this story, a Russian emigre journalist, I.A. Serebin, is recruited to Istanbul by the British Secret Service, to stop Germany from importing Romanian oil. From Bucharest to Paris, Beirut and Belgrade Serebin sets up a diversion of oil barges going down river. Furst's world is a gray, lonely and dangerous one with great authenticity and historical accuracy. Things are not black and white, and moral ambiguities exist for those fighting fascism.
Apr 12, 2008
Victory well written
What a great series. I dont know which of Alan Furst's novels set in pre WWII Europe I liked most. One is better than the next. Whether set in Paris or Berlin or Budapest, the period background is perfect, the characters believable and the hero flawed but winning. I hope there will be more from this great story teller..
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