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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,364 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Furst Narrator: Daniel Gerroll Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Night Soldiers Series Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9780743571807
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Autumn 1937. War is coming to Europe. French and German intelligence operatives are locked in a life-and-death struggle on the espionage battlefield. At the French embassy, the new military attaché, Colonel Jean-François Mercier, a decorated hero of the 1914 war, is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal, and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw. At the same time, the handsome aristocrat finds himself in a passionate love affair with a Parisian woman of Polish heritage, a lawyer for the League of Nations.

Colonel Mercier must work in the shadows amid an extraordinary cast of venal and dangerous characters—Colonel Anton Vyborg of Polish military intelligence; the mysterious and sophisticated Dr. Lapp, senior German Abwehr officer in Warsaw; Malka and Viktor Rozen, at work for the Russian secret service; and Mercier’s brutal and vindictive opponent, Major August Voss of SS counterintelligence. And there are many more, some known to Mercier as spies, some never to be revealed.

The Spies of Warsaw is Furst’s finest novel to date—exciting, atmospheric, erotic, and impossible to put down.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Entertaining from first page to last…Furst is that rarity, a writer of popular fiction who is also a serious novelist.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A rare thing: an engrossing, deeply emotional, thinking person’s love story.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Teeming with intrigue…Furst’s novels of World War II Europe are not just atmospheric. They’re transporting.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “This engaging historical fiction should be read by anyone who loves a compelling story well told.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay McCann | 2/16/2014

    " Historically very well written. It did not possess the tension that most spy novels have. This was rather flat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meaghansmithyoung | 2/15/2014

    " Eh... I liked it well enough. Just a fun, no-frills WWII spy novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa Tazioli | 2/10/2014

    " Second book by this author I have read and enjoyed it a little more, a solid 3 star pushing 4 star rating. The quality of the writing is good, and I really like the imagery he conveys in this book, I felt liek I could clearly imagine what these characters looked like, the clothes they wore, the scenes in the cocktail parties, the hushed whispers to the German and Polish accents, all quite clear. The plots are not horribly complex but there is enough tension and interest to keep the pages turning. If you are interested in pre-WWII Europe and spy novels this is a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanley5545 Hanley | 1/21/2014

    " This guy really goes deep on the back story and is quite strong on the film noire type ambiance "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 1/16/2014

    " This is a very atmospheric spy novel dealing with the prewar period (1937), the action shifting from Warsaw to Paris, S.France, Silesia & Germany. The central character is Mercier, a French aristocrat, veteran of WW1, and spymaster, working in Warsaw where he gets a German businessman to provide information on German tanks, and is exposed when he saves him from an attack. He later conducts spying operations in Germany, and ultimately subverts an insider in the SD(security branch of the SS)who will provide evidence to support what has already been published in German military journals-that the Germans are planning a blitzkrieg of tanks which will bypass the Maginot line, by going through the Ardennes forest in Belgium. Along the way he falls in love with a beautiful Polish lawyer employed by the League of Nations, whom he will ultimately marry. His success in penetrating the Nazi security apparatus is rewarded by a promotion & a job in Paris, but his information is disbelieved, and he will ultimately leave France with de Gaulle to continue the struggle from England, following the rapid German victory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flannery | 1/15/2014

    " Not too much of a conclusion, but I guess he couldn't get through the whole war. Otherwise very intriguing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 1/4/2014

    " As with any His books, delivery to time and place a joy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 12/31/2013

    " Good. My expectations were very high based on the rave reviews. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 12/30/2013

    " Another great WWII mystery. Furst keeps the characters coming. This book doesn't make me want to live in WWII Poland, which is to its credit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura C. Stevenson | 12/1/2013

    " This is a wonderful book. The hero is appealing, the setting is terrific, and the plot is a nice mixture of suspense and thoughtful portrayal of Europe on the brink of war. The last 50 pages are terrific. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 11/14/2013

    " This book was interesting-- about the lives of diplomat/spies in pre world war II Europe. It did drag in some spots, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 11/11/2013

    " Audio book. I liked this fine - the writing was good and had an old fashioned spy feel to it - reminded me of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. There's not a lot of action and intrigue, but there's some good strategy and a great sense of the time and place - Poland in the late 1930s just before WW2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 11/9/2013

    " Number 10 in the series which is stuck in pre WWII. A well told story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 11/9/2013

    " All of these novels are well written and entertaining. Europe at the beginning of WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Klein | 10/28/2013

    " Not Furst's best but a very good spy novel nonetheless. This one focuses on the last days in Warsaw before the war - the historical details are what I really love about his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iobehmom | 10/16/2013

    " My kind of book; second great one I've read by this guy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben Galbraith | 8/27/2013

    " Meh. A spy story with a bit adultery and boredom to accompany some WW2 history. Nothing special. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 12/17/2012

    " A gem! Exquisitely written, well woven plots. Hurst was quite economical with words compared to your average Le Carre volume. I've only just rediscovered this book as I was moving house, along of a stack of others I've bought years ago & forgotten about. Wish I had read it sooner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 10/13/2012

    " I discovered Alan Furst about six months ago--what a wonderful writer. From first page to last, excellent pre-World War 2 story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Alley Dietrich | 7/25/2012

    " Fun novel of spies, espionage and an interesting era "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 4/13/2012

    " Well written espionage novel featuring Jean-Francois Mercier, the French military attache based in Warsaw in 1937. Of course there is the Brasserie Heininger in Paris to visit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Oestreicher | 4/6/2012

    " Maybe a slow start, but Alan Furst is a real pro. About midway through it became very difficult to put this book down. Always a pleasure to be in the hands of such a fine writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 2/22/2012

    " I learned about pre-WWII Europe, which was interesting. The book is a "year in the life of a spy" and didn't have much of a climax. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tenli | 12/28/2011

    " This was not Furst's best but it was well plotted, filled with interesting characters, and thoroughly engrossing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 12/14/2011

    " Engrossing and atmospheric. Not very suspenseful, but good if you like WWII era spy stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/14/2011

    " I enjoyed this book immensely. I am wondering if Furst ever wrote about any female spies? I know they had them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 6/25/2011

    " Alan Furst is Furstrate and I have also read Foreign Correspondent, Dark Voyage and his latgest Spies of the Balkans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathyg | 6/25/2011

    " I definitely enjoyed this. Well thought out, not too many characters, and minor characters come in and go out so the reader can forget about them then. Romance a little sex but appropriate. Book club choice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sanna | 5/5/2011

    " I wasn't clear what the story was until the very end, and the last page wrapped things up very abruptly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellis | 4/16/2011

    " Wow what a terrific small novel. This is the first Furst novel I've read. He tells a complex story clearly and entertainingly and he has a beautiful command of tone. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 4/14/2011

    " I loved this book. It is very well written and for anyone who likes historical novels and intrigue, this is an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/5/2011

    " Alan Furst is one of my favorite WWII authors. You have to read carefully, and many times I have to re-read segments to get things straight, but he evokes the setting and and terrifying atmosphere of pre WWII Poland and France so well. And his heroes are always so lovable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 3/7/2011

    " Well written, terse as against the present style of verbosity for novels.A good reminder of continental history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 2/19/2011

    " Well written espionage novel featuring Jean-Francois Mercier, the French military attache based in Warsaw in 1937. Of course there is the Brasserie Heininger in Paris to visit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 2/9/2011

    " Nice to have a Furst that doesn't end with the quick death of a favorite character. May not be my favorite (Polish Officer is the must read of his books), but good to inhabit this world again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 2/7/2011

    " Learned something about WWII beginnings in the Eastern Block countries. Not as thrilling a spy thriller as usual, but sort of subtle and intelligent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 2/1/2011

    " Furst is a master at recreating the menacing atmosphere of Central Europe on the brink of World War II. And the plot's good too. "

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About the Author
Author Alan FurstAlan Furst is widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel. He is the author of Night Soldiers, Dark Star, The Polish Officer, The World at Night, Red Gold, Kingdom of Shadows, Blood of Victory, and Dark Voyage. Born in New York, he has lived for long periods in France, especially Paris. He now lives on Long Island, New York. Visit the author's website at AlanFurst.net.
About the Narrator

Daniel Gerroll is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and award-winning British actor who has many Broadway productions to his credit. He studied law and philosophy at Nottingham University and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and has won an Obie Award for sustained excellence in theater.