A Hero of France

A Hero of France

A Novel

Book - 2016
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the bestselling master espionage writer, hailed by Vince Flynn as "the best in the business," comes a riveting novel about the French Resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris.

1941. The City of Light is dark and silent at night. But in Paris and in the farmhouses, barns, and churches of the French countryside, small groups of ordinary men and women are determined to take down the occupying forces of Adolf Hitler. Mathieu, a leader of the French Resistance, leads one such cell, helping downed British airmen escape back to England.
Alan Furst's suspenseful, fast-paced thriller captures this dangerous time as no one ever has before. He brings Paris and occupied France to life, along with courageous citizens who outmaneuver collaborators, informers, blackmailers, and spies, risking everything to fulfill perilous clandestine missions. Aiding Mathieu as part of his covert network are Lisette, a seventeen-year-old student and courier; Max de Lyon, an arms dealer turned nightclub owner; Chantal, a woman of class and confidence; Daniel, a Jewish teacher fueled by reven≥ Joëlle, who falls in love with Mathieu; and Annemarie, a willful aristocrat with deep roots in France, and a desire to act.

As the German military police heighten surveillance, Mathieu and his team face a new threat, dispatched by the Reich to destroy them all.

Shot through with the author's trademark fine writing, breathtaking suspense, and intense scenes of seduction and passion, Alan Furst's A Hero of France is at once one of the finest novels written about the French Resistance and the most gripping novel yet by the living master of the spy thriller.

Praise for Alan Furst
"Furst never stops astounding me." --Tom Hanks
"Suspenseful and sophisticated . . . No espionage author, it seems, is better at summoning the shifting moods and emotional atmosphere of Europe before the start of World War II than Alan Furst." --The Wall Street Journal
"Though set in a specific place and time, Furst's books are like Chopin's nocturnes: timeless, transcendent, universal. One does not so much read them as fall under their spell." --Los Angeles Times
"[Furst] remains at the top of his game." --The New York Times
"A grandmaster of the historical espionage genre." --The Boston Globe
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2016
ISBN: 9780812996494
Branch Call Number: FUR
Characteristics: 234 p. :,maps ;,25 cm


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Dec 20, 2016

NFN has it just right - its very hard to believe Furst actually wrote this. It's almost like they published his outline by mistake. Furst's early books are fabulous. His last several seem just cranked out and this is the worst yet. Makes the Nazis and Vichy French seem like bumbling fools, his main character does stupid stuff that his prior characters would never do and yet - SPOILER ALERT - doesn't pay for it at all. All his recent books have happy endings, but this one is ridiculous in any number of ways. If you're a Furst fan, do yourself a favor and don't read this; re-read the Polish Officer or Night Soldiers instead.

Oct 17, 2016

Furst tells the story of WW II French Resistance cell who help downed British airmen escape German capture.

Good story told day-to-day over several months with increasing higher stakes for its members. It’s billed as a thriller, which is a bit of a stretch for what’s called a thriller these days. Good characters, good reading.

Sep 02, 2016

This is OK, a bit of a Hollywood ending, but his other books are superb! I strongly encourage anyone who likes the genre to seek out his early work. Start at the beginning, if you can.

Aug 25, 2016

It's hard to believe that Furst wrote this book; the writing is amateurish and simplistic, the characters and setting are never developed, and the plot is predictable. In several cases, character descriptions with irrelevant details were repeated verbatim! A further irritant was the explanation of simple French words like arret, liberte, and frites. The book might be of interest to readers struggling with English because it's very short, the words are simple, and there is no subtlety.

Aug 16, 2016

I felt this novel dreadfully slow paced. The first ten chapters could have been eliminated. It lacked suspense , with more characters than necessary. Finally at the end, it became suspenseful. So many missed opportunities. I am a historical fiction buff and this ranks as" I wish I had not bothered"

Jul 06, 2016

Intense & suspenseful, couldn't put it down. If not based on known true stories, everything in the book could have been true. Great book from a knowledgeable, accomplished writer.

Jul 05, 2016

My first time reading Furst, enjoyed his style. Easy read.

Jun 30, 2016

Newest from Furst. Better read than I thought it would be, fast moving, always the right amount of sex, food, and violence. If you are a Furst fan and of his style, you will enjoy it. Always like his stuff.


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Oct 17, 2016

... they talk to the authorities but they say nothing.

Oct 17, 2016

... Germans can be vengeful if they aren't winning.

Oct 17, 2016

Conquest, you know, for some it is a kind of drug.

Oct 17, 2016

The worst part of war is when you lose friends.

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