A Hero of France

A Hero of France

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Overview

The latest war novel from the New York Times bestselling author and “modern-day master of the genre” (New York Newsday) Alan Furst.

Alan Furst's latest novel takes place in the secret hotels, nightclubs, and cafes of occupied Paris and the villages of France during the spring of 1941, when Britain was losing the war. Many of the characters are resistance fighters who run an escape line for British airmen down to Spain, they include men and women, old and young, all strong, an aristocrat, a Jewish teacher, and the hero is a hero, has a gun and uses it. Some of Furst's former characters including S. Kolb the spy, and Max de Lyon, former arms dealer, now a nightclub owner, return. A Hero of France is sure to please existing Furst fans and attract new ones.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781508230816
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 784,400
Product dimensions: 13.20(w) x 13.80(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Alan Furst is widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel. He is the author of Night Soldiers, Dark Star, The Polish Officer, The World at Night, Red Gold, Kingdom of Shadows, Blood of Victory, and Dark Voyage. Born in New York, he has lived for long periods in France, especially Paris. He now lives on Long Island, New York. Visit the author's website at AlanFurst.net.

Hometown:

Sag Harbor, New York

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

B.A., Oberlin College

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A Hero of France 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
A beautifully-told story of bravery and love during the German occupation of France during WWII. Furst captures the aura and spirit of the many factions of the French and the interactions with their German occupiers. The suspense never quits as a resistance leader called "Mathieu" navigates between friends and enemies to provide safe passage out of France for downed British airmen. Different characters take center stage as Mathieu plays cat and mouse with Germans, French, Communists, and British Intelligence. Action is heart-pounding all the way to the end. If you like stories set in WWII, you'll love this one.
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ThoughtsFromaPage More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Alan Furst’s books, and this one was no exception. The plot was fascinating and moved along at a fast pace. I was a little disappointed with the ending; I felt the story was wrapped up a bit too neatly and quickly. Overall however, I really enjoyed this installment in the series. Furst’s knowledge of Paris and the other areas of France is very apparent in his writing. His descriptions of daily life in France, particularly Occupied Paris in 1941 and 1942, transported me straight to that time period. The main character of the novel goes by “Mathieu” when operating as the leader of a French Resistance cell that manages to extract a large number of downed British pilots and other Nazi enemies during World War 2. I found it fascinating to learn how the Resistance workers outsmarted the Nazis amid blackouts, curfews, informants and food shortages that taxed the French population. Danger literally could be found on any street corner, and the courage, sacrifice and strength of the Resistance workers, particularly Mathieu, was without limit. The politics of the time period are included as part of the story in such a manner that I gained a better understanding of the time period and the various forces at work during the middle parts of the war but in an interesting manner. I thoroughly savored this book and look forward to his next one! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Todd_P More than 1 year ago
The book read more like a summary of a French Resistance operation than a novel, and the ending was anti-climatic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Historically speaking its a good read and you like the Characters in the book
SoCalCoastalMary More than 1 year ago
This is my first Alan Furst novel, it was a total bore. The first few chapters were compelling then it completely lost speed with non essential trysts that had nothing to do with the story line. I was anticipating a Ken Follett or John Le Carre intrigue, espionage, rip roaring climax, but the ending just fizzled. This could have been a made for TV script. After the train chase, the novel abruptly ended, I thought I missed something, I went back and read several chapters only to realize, this was it. Very lackluster, Don't waste your money. Skip this
thewanderingjew More than 1 year ago
This is a book about the French Resistance during the early years of WWII. The story moves along at a good pace, drawing the reader/listener in deeper and deeper as the time goes by and the movement grows. In the earliest days, it was a small group of people from all walks of life, of all different ages and backgrounds that found each other and joined in the effort to defy the Germans by rescuing English pilots caught behind enemy lines in France, which had been occupied by Hitler. These were ordinary citizens, who wanted to do their part; they were not soldiers. The story takes the reader along with them as they place themselves in harm’s way for France. Returning those downed pilots to safety meant that they could return to fight another day. There was a shortage of trained pilots, and the French were counting on the English to keep fighting the Germans, hoping they would eventually be defeated. There were those who wanted to resist and those who wanted to collaborate, and the author paints a pretty clear picture of each group. On the one hand, you have a group of brave patriots willing to sacrifice themselves for their cause, and on the other, you have self serving individuals who are happy to sacrifice others to serve only themselves. The collaborators were portrayed as bitter people, miscreants, and unhappy, mean misfits. They were also the women who were forced to use their bodies to support themselves and their families, and sometimes, they were those who seemed to have no other choice but to serve the needs of the Germans. All of the characters seemed to fit neatly into the stereotypical picture that is so often drawn depicting those who experienced the war directly. This novel begins in March of 1941. Over the next few months, it follows a resistance group led by a man whose code name was Mathieu. Along with his bravery and concern for the safety of others, the author seemed to paint him as someone somewhat preoccupied by his sex drive. Not quite 40 years old, he was a dedicated Frenchman who recruited resisters and organized the effort to rescue the downed pilots before they were captured by the Germans. Safe houses, forged documents, volunteers, and cash were necessary for that effort. The recruits were brave even though scared. They were always aware of the fact that they might be betrayed, that they might be captured and questioned by the feared Gestapo. At first the fledgling organization pretty much operated on a wing and a prayer. Eventually, however, they joined forces with the British. In exchange, the Brits would provide men, help and additional resources and money. The English also escalated the resistance by attempting to stop the movement of supplies by the Germans with more violent methods. Although the book was interesting, I found the intrusion of what seemed like gratuitous scenes of a sexual nature to be distracting. I was far more interested in learning about the resistance than I was in Mathieu’s various sexual fantasies, in and out of the bedroom. Perhaps this was one of the ways the author chose to draw the contrast between those living ordinary lives, going about almost as if there was no war, except for the shortages, soldiers and restrictions, which not everyone experienced equally, and those with secret lives, who were fighting back but still had to present an ordinary, human image to the public. Parts of the story stretched credibility, but it was entertaining even if a bit thin.