A good look into the pre-war preparations in France, Poland, Germany and other European countries and the ignorance of the West. There are some lesser known historical events in the book, like the war between Poland and Russia in 1921, or spy scandal in the 30-s in Germany and Poland. The book includes the usual romace-spy mixture but entertainingly informative.
I have yet to read the book, but the DVD is excellent. A great cast headed by the talented David Tennant, a great script, tense, edge-of-the-seat action, and a compelling story.
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This novel was a bit of a mixed bag. Furst is brilliant at evoking late 1930s Warsaw, and Europe more generally. He deftly crafts small scenes between characters that are tiny illuminations into these individuals and to the subtleties that made up the spy game in the late 1930s. But in terms of an overarching plot, the novel didn't always hold together. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing as Mercier was an interesting character to follow but on occasions I wasn't quite sure where the novel was going. And then I found myself anxious towards the end of the novel because the resolution of one of the larger conflicts had not felt like a real resolution, leaving me to await the other shoe which never arrived. Not bad if you enjoy pre-war spy novels, but there are more satisfying spy novels out there.
Good book on the tensions in Poland - and the dance of avoidance in France - just before the second World War. Builds gradually until you don't want to put it down.
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