By Alan Furst
“Then, within the autumn of 1940, they attempted again.”
So starts Blood of Victory, a singular wealthy with suspense, ancient perception, and the robust narrative immediacy we have now come to anticipate from bestselling writer Alan Furst. The ebook takes its name from a speech given through a French senator at a convention on petroleum in 1918: “Oil,” he acknowledged, “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 dependent in Paris, he's in flight from a demise and corrupt Europe—specifically, from Nazi-occupied France. Serebin reveals himself dealing with his 5th struggle, yet this time he's an exile, a guy with no kingdom, and there's no military to affix. nonetheless, within the phrases of Leon Trotsky, “You is probably not drawn to warfare, yet struggle is drawn to you.” Serebin is recruited for an operation run by way of count number Janos Polanyi, a Hungarian grasp secret agent now operating for the British mystery companies.
The conflict to chop Germany’s oil provide rages during 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 battling of a fascist civil war.
Blood of Victory is vintage Alan Furst, combining extraordinary authenticity and surroundings with the complexity and pleasure of a very good secret agent mystery. As Walter Shapiro of Time journal wrote, “Nothing might be like gazing Casablanca for the 1st time, yet Furst comes nearer than somebody has in years.”
From the Hardcover edition.
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