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Mission to Paris

A Novel
Furst, Alan (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Mission to Paris

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Arriving in Paris on the eve of the Munich Appeasement in 1938, Hollywood star Frederic Stahl is unwittingly entangled in the region's shifting political currents when he discovers that his latest film is linked to the destinies of fascists, German Nazis, and Hollywood publicists.
Authors: Furst, Alan
Title: Mission to Paris
a novel
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 255 p. :,map ;,25 cm.
Summary: Arriving in Paris on the eve of the Munich Appeasement in 1938, Hollywood star Frederic Stahl is unwittingly entangled in the region's shifting political currents when he discovers that his latest film is linked to the destinies of fascists, German Nazis, and Hollywood publicists.
ISBN: 9781400069484
Statement of Responsibility: Alan Furst
Subject Headings: Motion picture actors and actresses United States Fiction. Americans France Paris Fiction. World War, 1939-1945 France Paris Fiction. Europe History 1918-1945 Fiction. Paris (France) History Fiction.
Genre/Form: Spy stories.
Suspense fiction.
Historical fiction.
Topical Term: Motion picture actors and actresses
World War, 1939-1945
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Feb 14, 2014
  • dbed rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

i am not sure why some people are complaining about this book. It was very good in my opinion. It only differed from most of Furst's books in that the story had a hero who was not as heroic. It actually seemed more believable that many of his novels.

Dec 18, 2013
  • 2puppies rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Furst has traditionally been one of the best reads around. This novel is by far his worst. Hopefully, he has not run out of material but this effort certainly makes it look so.

One can never go wrong with an Alan Furst book!

I, too, feel the last two books have been attenuated and weak. I would rather read Alan Furst than just about anyone. It might give his work a kick in the pants to move either to another setting in that historical area (the East?) or to go for a series of cold war thrillers, or Vietnam and beyond thrillers John LeCarre has straddled several eras most convincingly; maybe Mr. Furst might enjoy branching out a little.

Jan 06, 2013
  • billmacrotarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mission to Paris is a classic spy novel in which Viennese-born Hollywood actor Frederic Stahl is sent to Paris in 1938 to make a motion picture. Stahl soon becomes a pawn as the Nazis pressure him to provide them with propaganda opportunities. Meanwhile the American embassy uses him to get information on the Nazis.

The novel builds suspense slowly to a climax, meanwhile portraying a Paris that has been corrupted by money from Nazi Germany. The Nazis bribe and threaten anyone who is useful to them leading to the moral bankruptcy of the French government and the destruction of the French peoples’ élan which carried them through WWI.

Mission to Paris is a great read as a spy novel and also helps to explain why the French were unable to resist the Nazis, leading to the Fall of France in 1940.

Don't bother. Having read all of Furst's previous novels, I was very disappointed. His "Spies of the Balkans and Spies of Warsaw" started this downhill trend. In my opinion, Mr. Furst has run out of material.

Sep 16, 2012
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It is 1938 and Hollywood actor Fredric Stahl is sent by Warner to Paris to make a movie for Paramount France. Stahl was born in Austria, loves Paris, and is not a fan of the Nazis. But the Nazis seem his as a perfect agent of influence for them and use charm, cajoling and threats to get him to look, act or do things on their behalf. Stahl can sense what is going on, although not the extent of what they'll do. He finds himself informed of his vulnerability by the American embassy and can't stand to just avoid, but must also work actively against them. As things get more dangerous and his film responsibilities take him to Morocco and Hungary, he learns more and gets himself into more dangerous situations. He also finds himself attracted to a young Parisian socialite and an emigre.
This is a story of the lead-up to World War II, the city of Paris, and the loyalties of a man to those who helped him create the life he now leads.
Furst is a master of the spy novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Aug 15, 2012
  • fjvalentin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this read. I particularly like novels about the period between WWl & WW2, and this one fit that well. I particularly enjoyed the authors description of the ebb and flow of the emotions in Paris as events transpired.

Aug 14, 2012
  • libbyez rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I have really enjoyed all of Furst's novels, but this one, for the first time, was a bit of a disappointment. I didn't quite fall for the protagonist, unlike his other novels.

Aug 12, 2012
  • rgischer rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I have been a big fan of Alan Furst for years. Read all his books. I'm not sure what happened with Mission to Paris, but it's limp as a rag. The storyline is meandering and disjointed. The plot seems contrived and thin. He simply doesn't pull you along as he did in previous novels. It's like he had a deadline to meet and he threw a few ideas together in a haphazard way. I gave up two-thirds of the way through.

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