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Dark Voyage ***SIGNED***

Alan Furst

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ISBN 10: 1400060184 / ISBN 13: 9781400060184
Published by Random House, NY, 2004
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Title: Dark Voyage ***SIGNED***

Publisher: Random House, NY

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author on Full Title Page

Edition: 1st American Edition, 1st Printing.

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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.

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Competitors despair. Alan Furst's mastery of the espionage novel put him beyond any would-be rival......No one does it better than Furst and DARK VOYAGE is about as good as it gets. First class in every department. (Philip Oakes LITERARY REVIEW)

'the eccentric wanderers with their strange histories, the shadowy life in the wings of the theatre are pure Casablanca¿¿¿ tension, excitement and the cat and mouse of naval warfare are Furst¿s primary business.¿ (David Smith THE OBSERVER)

Alan Furst writes brilliantly about wartime Europe. (THE ECONOMIST)

a gripping plot and a galaxy of well-drawn characters. (David Robson THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

With Furst at his best, as with the best of John le Carre, the reader is gripped by a tale which is at bottom serious rather than simply diverting. (Sean O'Brien TLS)

The streamlined clarity with which Dark Voyage pulls all this together is extraordinary¿. Dark Voyage is vintage cinema already.¿ (Janet Maslin THE SCOTSMAN)

Furst seems to have the maritime lingo down pat, and all the time he's slipping the reader a detailed history lesson about this aspect of the war.....best of all is the sly humour that dominates every page. (Omer Ali TIME OUT)

as the novel nears its violent climax in the Baltic, there is a lot of satisfying business below-decks with over worked boilers, muffled speaking tubes, oily engine hands wielding well-aimed carbines. (Brian Dillon SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY)

Buy it and then go looking for Furst's other wonderful thrillers. (Vincent Banville CORK EXAMINER)

if you haven't read him yet, DARK VOYAGE, is the place to start. (MJ Harrison THE GUARDIAN)

I always feel a thrill of anticipation when a new Alan Furst novel arrives and DARK VOYAGE, his eighth, is as good as the other seven, which is saying a lot. (Vincent Banville THE IRISH TIMES)

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