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3 authors picked Night Soldiers as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?
Alan Furst has long mined a rich vein of espionage stories centered in France and Central Europe under the shadow of Adolph Hitler. Unlike the weary cynics of John Le Carre and other authors, Furst’s spies are doomed idealists trying to stop an avalanche. Night Soldiers carries the claustrophobic menace of a vampire story and the sweep of an epic as we follow its protagonist across Europe before and during the great struggle. A great introduction to Furst’s work.
Night Soldiers is the first in the Night Soldiers novel series written by Alan Furst. This is a novel that I assigned to one of my classes, and my students really liked it. Furst wove a complicated story that followed the main character – Khristo Stoianev – from before the war when he was recruited to join the Soviets’ NKVD, to spy training, a mission to Spain during the Civil War, to betrayal and finally his efforts to escape from the bondage imposed by his Soviet masters. I recommend this book not only because my students enjoyed it, but also…
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