Under Occupation

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      American Library Association
    • Publication Date:
      2019
    • Abstract:
      * Under Occupation. By Alan Furst. Nov. 2019.224p. Random, $27 (9780399592300); e-book, $13.99(9780399592324). Furst continues where he left off in A Hero of France (2016) with another gripping [...]
    • ISSN:
      0006-7385
    • Rights:
      COPYRIGHT 2019 American Library Association
      Copyright 2019 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.
    • Accession Number:
      edsgcl.608072784
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      OTT, B. Under Occupation. Booklist, [s. l.], v. 116, n. 5, p. 28, 2019. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.608072784&custid=s3443875. Acesso em: 22 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Ott B. Under Occupation. Booklist. 2019;116(5):28. Accessed September 22, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.608072784&custid=s3443875
    • APA:
      Ott, B. (2019, November 1). Under Occupation. Booklist, 116(5), 28.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Ott, Bill. 2019. “Under Occupation.” Booklist, November 1. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.608072784&custid=s3443875.
    • Harvard:
      Ott, B. (2019) ‘Under Occupation’, Booklist, 1 November, p. 28. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.608072784&custid=s3443875 (Accessed: 22 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Ott, B 2019, ‘Under Occupation’, Booklist, vol. 116, no. 5, p. 28, viewed 22 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Ott, Bill. “Under Occupation.” Booklist, vol. 116, no. 5, Nov. 2019, p. 28. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.608072784&custid=s3443875.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Ott, Bill. “Under Occupation.” Booklist, November 1, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.608072784&custid=s3443875.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Ott B. Under Occupation. Booklist [Internet]. 2019 Nov 1 [cited 2020 Sep 22];116(5):28. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.608072784&custid=s3443875

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 November #1

*Starred Review* Furst continues where he left off in A Hero of France (2016) with another gripping espionage tale showcasing ordinary Frenchmen working with the British to undermine the Nazi war effort. Paul Ricard is a spy novelist in the mode of Eric Ambler, but he is not involved in the Resistance himself until, like so many of Furst's heroes, he is thrust inadvertently into action. Walking beside the Seine, he instinctively helps a man running from the Gestapo and has a purloined document slipped into his hands after the man is shot. So begins a suspense-dripping, cat-and-mouse game in which Ricard, one small step at a time, finds himself a full-fledged Resistance agent, first slipping into Germany to take possession of a stolen torpedo, whose inner workings are much coveted by the Allies, and then running a safe house from where blown agents are exfiltrated out of harm's way. Working with an intrepid working-class Polish woman, Kaisa, and an aristocratic Frenchwoman, Leila, Ricard weaves his way through occupied Paris until, inevitably, his flimsy cover is finally blown. Many of Furst's signature themes are in full flower here—wartime love affairs (warm bodies beneath cold covers as Klaxons blare on dark streets) and character interactions as brief as they are indelible—but this time the special treat is the vivid detailing of Resistance operatives at work, well-oiled tradecraft blending seamlessly into everyday activities. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Everyone from Tom Hanks and David McCullough to you and me is a Furst fan, as his sales attest. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 June

Drawing on true events about Polish prisoners in Nazi Germany smuggling information to the French Resistance, Furst imagines a man racing through the dark streets of 1942 Paris and handing off a drawing to Paul Richard before being captured by the Gestapo. The drawing displays a weapons part, Richard knows exactly for whom it's destined, and he gets increasingly involved with the Resistance, even traveling to Germany and meeting beautiful spy Leila.

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2019 October

Paul Ricard is a spy and detective fiction writer living in 1942 Nazi-occupied Paris. When he accidentally intercepts the plans for a German detonator and successfully delivers them to the British, he lands in the dangerous world of spies and the underground French Resistance. As each task he receives becomes more dangerous than the last, he risks coming to the attention of the occupying forces. Most of the characters in Furst's 13th spy novel (after A Hero of France) are one-dimensional and clichéd, the history is more of an afterthought than a part of the story, everything that happens is rather stereotypical, and the plot is choppy enough that it becomes a chore to follow. VERDICT This is not the master spy novelist at his finest, which may disappoint his many fans. While die-hard devotees will probably want to read it, newcomers should start with his earlier works. [See Prepub Alert, 4/28/19.]—Laura Hiatt, Fort Collins, CO

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 September #1

Furst (A Hero of France) sets his latest espionage thriller in occupied Paris during the early 1940s. Paul Ricard, a spy novelist, witnesses an altercation between the Gestapo and a mysterious man, who hands Ricard a hand-drawn detonator schematic before being shot dead. Recognizing the importance of the document, Ricard uses his contacts to ferry the drawing to the English, and in the process becomes an agent for the resistance. Working with his friend Kasia, and under the direction of the alluring Leila, Ricard takes on assignment after assignment, the danger for his life ever increasing as he travels throughout France and Germany. Ricard's profession as a writer makes for a metafictional treat, as he pens a new spy novel while working for the Resistance, complete with story beats that echo his own journey. As always, Furst writes at breakneck speed, thrusting Ricard into adventure. This moves the action along, yet frequently sacrifices emotion, particularly when everyman Ricard is tasked with violent acts. While sure to please the author's many fans, the novel, replete with curvy women for Ricard to romance, nevertheless misses opportunities to dig deep within its protagonist, making for an exciting, if shallow, romp. (Nov.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.