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Mystery and Suspense
Author: Alan Furst
ISBN: 0812977386
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Pages 268 pages
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 14, 2011)
Language English
Category: Mystery and Suspense
Rating: 4.9
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by Alan Furst


The Foreign Correspondent. Other Books by this Author. The customshouse stood at the center of the city's two main piers, its function stated on a broad sign above the main entry, first in Greek, then with the word Douane.

The Foreign Correspondent. On the upper floor, the port captain occupied a corner office, the sort of office that had over the years become a home; warm in the chilly weather, the still air scented with wood smoke and cigarettes, one of the port cats asleep by the woodstove

Furst was recommended so I picked this book up. It was a bit disappointing Alan Furst is widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel.

Furst was recommended so I picked this book up. It was a bit disappointing. Alan Furst is widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel.

From a historical perspective, Spies of the Balkans is rich in detail and transports the reader back through time . Accidently, being an American who spent first 30 years of my life in the Balkans, I might have a different outlook.

From a historical perspective, Spies of the Balkans is rich in detail and transports the reader back through time to a simpler but no less dangerous era, sans cell phones and other modern electronics. Our protagonist, Costa Zannis, communicates via landline, telex, typewritten and (gasp!) even handwritten notes. Alan Furst is a precious writer for these turbulent, uncertain times. Some of the unsatisfied readers begrudged him lack of action.

Spies of the Balkans is a cut above the usual espionage fare; it excels in plot, character, and atmosphere-an unusual .

Spies of the Balkans is a cut above the usual espionage fare; it excels in plot, character, and atmosphere-an unusual combination for the genre. Zannis, a younger prototype of characters seen in Furst's previous novels, especially captivated critics, as did the author's "Furstland," "a twilight realm of people on the run-refugees, Jews, leftists and others out of political favor" (Denver Post).

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Alan Furst’s novel The Spies of Warsaw, published in 2008. is about the competition for control over Poland between the major nations before the Second World War. It had been adapted into a mini-series TV show Spies of Warsaw by a co-production of BBC America, BBC Four, ARTE, and TVP1 and realized by Coky Giedroyc consisting of two episodes that had been diffused on January 9 and January 16, 2013 on BBC Four. Starring David Tennant as Jean-François Mercier, the protagonist colonel, and Janet Montgomery as his love Anna Skarbek. The customshouse stood at the center of the city’s two main piers, its function stated on a broad sign above the main entry, first in Greek, then with the word Douane. On the upper floor, the port captain occupied a corner office, the sort of office that had over the years become a home; warm in the chilly weather, the still air scented with wood smoke and cigarettes, one of the port cats asleep by the woodstove

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Spies of the Balkans book. A novel full of int Historical espionage at its finest by the New York Times bestselling author of The Foreign Correspondent, Alan Furst. The bestselling author of The Spies of Warsaw returns with a stunning new WWII-era novel of intrigue, danger, and love set in Balkan Greece. Master of espionage fiction Alan Furst transports us to the port city of Salonika, Macedonia in 1940.

Greece, 1940. In the port city of Salonika, with its wharves and brothels, dark alleys and Turkish mansions, a tense political drama is being played out. As Adolf Hitler plans to invade the Balkans, spies begin to circle—and Costa Zannis, a senior police official, must deal with them all. He is soon in the game, working to secure an escape route for fugitives from Nazi Berlin that is protected by German lawyers, Balkan detectives, and Hungarian gangsters—and hunted by the Gestapo. Meanwhile, as war threatens, the erotic life of the city grows passionate. For Zannis, that means a British expatriate who owns the local ballet academy, a woman from the dark side of Salonika society, and the wife of a shipping magnate. With extraordinary historical detail and a superb cast of characters, Spies of the Balkans is a stunning novel about a man who risks everything to fight back against the world’s evil.

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Constantine “Costa” Zannis is a police detective in Salonika, Greece. It’s autumn of 1940 and Zannis keeps one eye turned north as Hitler’s war machine invades other European countries, knowing the Balkans will someday face the same fate. Today, the city is known as Thessaloniki and is Greece's second major economic, industrial, commercial and political center, and a major transportation hub for the rest of southeastern Europe.
Zannis’ lover, a British woman named Roxanne, introduces him to an Englishman who is also a spy. Zannis soon has ‘skin in the game’ and sets up a railway route that will help persecuted Jews in Berlin avoid deportation to a death camp. An excellent map at the book’s beginning shows the Balkan escape route from Berlin through Prague, Vienna, Belgrade, Nis, and finally Salonika. We read of a prominent Jewish couple, the Gruens, and how they manage to leave Berlin one step ahead of the Gestapo, thanks to Zannis’ covert actions.
Love affairs in times of war seem to come and go in Furst’s historical novels. As Hitler’s Wehrmacht divisions drive closer to Greece, Zannis begins another one with Demetria, wife of a Greek shipping magnate. Danger lurks around every corner and, because Zannis’ spy activities require much travel and Demetria must deal with her husband in Athens, the two lovers never know when their day together will be their last.
It’s an interesting read, sometimes exciting, and it captures the tragedy of refugees during WWII in a part of Europe that is not often the setting of a novel.
Doriel
This book is part of a series, each different but connected by the era, that takes place Europe in the late 1930's when Germany was inserting its tentacles in the various countries it was about to invade or had already started to. Its roundup of Jews and dissident citizens seen as a threat was already underway but not yet at its peak. There is real historical relevance woven into the story which makes the story line more impressionable if you enjoy history or are a WWII buff.
The main character here and associated characters are not professional spy's or resisters. They are more like ordinary people caught up in the events of their time but rather then remaining passive or untouched they respond against the evil all around them. The characters are richly filled out and the plot is exciting. You cannot really guess the outcome. The writing is superb and this book as well as the others in the series ranks in the top tier of the genre.
Wiliniett
It seems that quite a few readers didn't appreciate this stunning novel as I did. Accidently, being an American who spent first 30 years of my life in the Balkans, I might have a different outlook. Alan Furst is a precious writer for these turbulent, uncertain times. Some of the unsatisfied readers begrudged him lack of action. Really??? Mr. Furst brought to life the atmosphere of 1940's and the Balkans perfectly. Smells, fear, passive awaiting of the doom to come and swallow everything. Heroes and cowards, victims and bullies, tyrants and refuges. Quite exciting, at least for this reader, refugee himself. It is interesting how people who never lived through anything more dangerous than a tornado warning can not get enough excitement. Perhaps the fake action distracts easier from boring lives they have to endure. I find this book riveting and heartbreaking in equal measure. Average people in extraordinary times. Now please go back to your explosions, car chases and superhuman heroes. Why grow up, it's such a drag.
Nten
From a historical perspective, “Spies of the Balkans” is rich in detail and transports the reader back through time to a simpler but no less dangerous era, sans cell phones and other modern electronics. Our protagonist, Costa Zannis, communicates via landline, telex, typewritten and (gasp!) even handwritten notes. Zannis is a complicated guy who, at times seems unbelievably naive for a police officer, especially one who is clandestinely assisting his fellow countrymen to escape the oncoming war. He seems an unlikely spy and succeeds in large part due to the network of people who are willing to help. But succeed he does and the reader can’t help but root for him. Zannis’ love affair with Demetria seems a bit of a stretch and her character isn’t well developed. Furst weaves a tale of intrigue, heavy with the uneasiness of the Greek people of the Balkans as they realize the Nazi reign of terror that began in Poland is all too quickly heading their way.
Sennnel
I have read and enjoyed many of Mr. Furst's books, and this one is no exception. Engrossing characters, intriguing plotline, and satisfying denouement. The only reason I gave only 4 stars is that the book is set in Greece, not the Balkans as I know them in the Carpathian Mountains of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia. I was hoping to get more insight into the Slavic people, but this novel is Greek, with a minor Slavic character or two. Still, another classic WW2 spy romance, worth reading.
Gigafish
Another winner in Alan Furst's Night Soldiers series. This one takes place in Greece and the Balkans. It helps a lot if you are up on your geography here. This book studies the decisions that ordinary people must make under the stress of war to save themselves, their families and their countries. The spies of the Balkans are ordinary people who took extraordinary actions during the horror of World War II. Furst excels at character development. Even the dog, Matilda, has a personality and must adapt to war. It also explores the complicated relationships that the various countries and inhabitants have with and among each other. Nothing is simple in the Balkans, but there is always a way...a Balkan way. An excellent read.