This highly original novel charting the rise of the intelligence services in pre-war Eastern Europe first established Alan Furst's remarkable reputation. Now it is to be reissued in B-format, in a new cover style, alongside his new paperback, The World at Night. In Bulgaria in 1934 nineteen-year-old Khristo Stoianev sees his brother kicked to ...Read MoreThis highly original novel charting the rise of the intelligence services in pre-war Eastern Europe first established Alan Furst's remarkable reputation. Now it is to be reissued in B-format, in a new cover style, alongside his new paperback, The World at Night. In Bulgaria in 1934 nineteen-year-old Khristo Stoianev sees his brother kicked to death by a gang of strutting thugs. Realising the growing menace of Fascism, he takes a risk on the promise of Communism and flees to Moscow, where he is trained as an agent of the NKVD, precursor of the KGB, and forms a close bond with a group of fellow students. His first mission is to Catalonia, where he is soon caught up in the bloody horrors of the Spanish Civil War. Then he learns he is to be the victim of one of Stalin's purges, and is forced to flee once again, this time to Paris!Read Less
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This very well written and researched novel spans the turbulent years 1934-1945, Europe to the Soviet Union. The cast of characters are diverse and realistic (don't forget these folks when they are no longer mentioned) with the depths of human nature exposed at every turn. The action is mesmerizing and the politics - well, has anything really changed?
Mar 17, 2011
Alan Furst is the best mystery/spy novel writer if his generation. Nobody knows better the inter war intrigues of Soviet and Nazi agents.
The Night Soldier is a prime example of this genre.
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