Dark Voyage by Alan Furst
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“In the first nineteen months of European war, from September 1939 to March of 1941, the island nation of Britain and her allies lost, to U-boat, air, and sea attack, to mines and maritime disaster, one thousand five hundred and ninety-six merchant vessels. It was the job of the Intelligence Division of the Royal Navy to stop it, and so, on the last day of April 1941 . . .”

May 1941. At four in the morning, a rust-streaked tramp freighter steams up the Tagus River to dock at the port of Lisbon. She is the Santa Rosa, she flies the flag of neutral Spain and is in Lisbon to load cork oak, tinned sardines, and drums of cooking oil bound for the Baltic port of Malmö.

But she is not the Santa Rosa. She is the Noordendam, a Dutch freighter. Under the command of Captain Eric DeHaan, she sails for the Intelligence Division of the British Royal Navy, and she will load detection equipment for a clandestine operation on the Swedish coast–a secret mission, a dark voyage.
A desperate voyage. One more battle in the spy wars that rage through the back alleys of the ports, from elegant hotels to abandoned piers, in lonely desert outposts, and in the souks and cafés of North Africa. A battle for survival, as the merchant ships die at sea and Britain–the last opposition to Nazi German–slowly begins to starve.

A voyage of flight, a voyage of fugitives–for every soul aboard the Noordendam. The Polish engineer, the Greek stowaway, the Jewish medical officer, the British spy, the Spaniards who fought Franco, the Germans who fought Hitler, the Dutch crew itself. There is no place for them in occupied France; they cannot go home.

From Alan Furst–whom The New York Times calls America’s preeminent spy novelist–here is an epic tale of war and espionage, of spies and fugitives, of love in secret hotel rooms, of courage in the face of impossible odds. Dark Voyage is taut with suspense and pounding with battle scenes; it is authentic, powerful, and brilliant.

About Alan Furst

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Alan Furst is widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel. Now translated into eighteen languages, he is the author of Night Soldiers, Dark Star, The Polish Officer, The World at Night, Red Gold, Kingdom of Shadows, Blood of Victory, Dark Voyage, The Foreign Correspondent, The Spies of Warsaw, Spies of the Balkans, and Mission to Paris. Born in New York, he lived for many years in Paris, and now lives on Long Island.
Published January 1, 2004 by Not Avail. 456 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Each mission is a nail-biting affair as Nazi submarines roam the seas, not to mention the two suspicious characters DeHaan had to add to his already motley and polyethnic crew: a bloodless spy with the diffident air of an accountant, and a darkly beautiful Russian journalist.

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Dark Voyage by Alan Furst Weidenfeld & Nicholson £12.99, pp261 The Second World War's march into the historical distance has seen it, paradoxically, loom ever larger on our cultural horizon.

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Meanwhile, his emotional damage mounting quietly with the damage to his ship, DeHaan makes the transition from contemplative sea captain to Furst's favourite viewpoint character, the contemplative man of action - a man who begins by slipping through life, curious but dissociated, yet ends up enga...

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With his eighth novel about the shadow world of European espionage during WWII, Alan Furst bids to break out of cult status and into the bestseller mainstream.

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Entertainment Weekly

But for a taste of just how excellent and irreverent he can be, for my money you need to go back to the wild, twisty ''Shadow Trade.'' An early story of identity theft, assassination, and blackmail set in Manhattan during the shag-carpeted, amaretto-swilling 1970s, ''Shadow Trade'' has a won...

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Even if you've had enough of World War II novels that feature heroic acts of derring-do, Furst's series of thrillers, of which this is the eighth, is worth your while.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Randy Michael Signor Critical Summary Dark Voyage is the eighth book by acclaimed novelist Furst, whose writing plumbs the territory of war-torn Europe prior to America’s involvement in WWII.

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Alan Furst's latest novel of World War II espionage centers on a freighter pressed into service to elude the Nazis.

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