By Alan Furst
“Then, within the autumn of 1940, they attempted again.”
So starts Blood of Victory, a unique wealthy with suspense, ancient perception, and the strong narrative immediacy we have now come to anticipate from bestselling writer Alan Furst. The e-book takes its identify from a speech given via a French senator at a convention on petroleum in 1918: “Oil,” he stated, “the blood of the earth, has develop into, in time of warfare, the blood of victory.”
November 1940. The Russian author I. A. Serebin arrives in Istanbul by way of Black Sea freighter. even though he travels on behalf of an émigré association established in Paris, he's in flight from a death and corrupt Europe—specifically, from Nazi-occupied France. Serebin unearths himself dealing with his 5th struggle, yet this time he's an exile, a guy with no nation, and there's no military to hitch. nonetheless, within the phrases of Leon Trotsky, “You will not be attracted to warfare, yet warfare is attracted to you.” Serebin is recruited for an operation run by means of count number Janos Polanyi, a Hungarian grasp undercover agent now operating for the British mystery providers.
The conflict to chop Germany’s oil provide rages throughout the undercover agent haunts of the Balkans; from the Athenée Palace in Bucharest to a whorehouse in Izmir; from a sublime yacht membership in Istanbul to the river docks of Belgrade; from a skating pond in St. Moritz to the fogbound banks of the Danube; in sleazy nightclubs and secure homes and anonymous resorts; amid the road combating of a fascist civil war.
Blood of Victory is vintage Alan Furst, combining outstanding authenticity and surroundings with the complexity and pleasure of a great undercover agent mystery. As Walter Shapiro of Time journal wrote, “Nothing could be like looking at Casablanca for the 1st time, yet Furst comes nearer than a person has in years.”
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Blood of Victory: A Novel (Night Soldiers Book 7) by Alan Furst