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By Alan Furst | Comments: ( 483 ) | Date: ( Feb 22, 2020 )

Spies of the Balkans

  • Title: Spies of the Balkans
  • Author: Alan Furst
  • ISBN: 9780753827260
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Alan Furst

Alan Furst is widely recognized as the current master of the historical spy novel Born in New York, he has lived for long periods in France, especially Paris He now lives on Long Island.Night Soldiers novels Night Soldiers 1988 Dark Star 1991 The Polish Officer 1995 The World at Night 1996 Red Gold 1999 Kingdom of Shadows 2000 Blood of Victory 2003 Dark Voyage 2004 The Foreign Correspondent 2006 The Spies of Warsaw 2008 Spies of the Balkans 2010 Mission to Paris 2012 Midnight in Europe 2013 Stand alone novels Your day in the barrel 1976 The Paris drop 1980 The Caribbean Account 1981 Shadow Trade 1983 For information, see.

Comments Spies of the Balkans

  • Will Byrnes

    Shshshshsh. Don’t tell anyone. It is 1939. In the strategic Greek port city of Salonika, rumblings of war can be heard as Nazi Germany gains allies by threat and force. People wonder only when the invasion will come. Costa Zinnis is the head of a special political branch of the police, charged with discretely managing the problems of the connected and keeping his finger on the pulse of the town. And there is plenty going on. Spies abound. A mysterious German accepts an envelope in a dark alley [...]

  • Michael

    Furst set a very high standard for himself early in his career. He clearly owns the period from 1933-45 in Europe and is a very fine writer of historical fiction filled with intrigue and likeable characters. Over the last few years, however, he has slipped into a formulaic pattern that takes few risks and delivers few surprises. I'm not concerned with those formulaic elements that function as trademarks (protagonists who never die, Table 14 in the Brasserie Heininger in Paris with its mirror mar [...]

  • Darwin8u

    “And, with much of Europe occupied by Nazi Germany, and Mussolini's armies in Albania, on the Greek frontier, one wasn't sure what came next. So, don't trust the telephone. Or the newspapers. Or the radio. Or tomorrow.” ― Alan Furst, Spies of the Balkans(***1/2) I loved enjoyed 'Spies of the Balkans' (Night Soldiers #11). It wasn't Furst's best in the series, but it was a sweet Kataïfi of a novel. Emotionally it fed me. Furst highlights the little things people do with just a nudge here a [...]

  • Jim

    No, these are not the Eric Ambler Balkans, though both series of books are set around the same time, and both involve spying. Spies of the Balkans is another of Alan Furst's looks at the inevitable start of World War Two.In this book, the hero is Constantine Zannis, a highly placed police officer in the Greek city of Salonika. He sees the storm clouds of war gather and make their way south to the Northern border of Greece. Early in the book, he finds one way of depriving the Nazis of their prey: [...]

  • Anna

    " wasn't sure what came next. So, don't trust the telephone. Or the newspapers. Or the radio. Or tomorrow.”― Alan Furst, Spies of the Balkans The opening scenes are straight out of film noir: dark and rainy night, mysterious stranger, rendezvous in a lonely alley.Costa Zannis is a beleaguered police officer who keeps noticing strangers ending up in Salonika as the war ramps up in Eastern Europe and threatening the Balkans and Greece. Some are simple refugees, others are clearly Jews trying t [...]

  • Nigel

    Reading Alan Furst's Night Soldiers series is a bit like reading Patrick O'Brian. Furst's first (heh) was Night Soldiers, a massive epic of war and espionage, probably the best novel about spies in the Second World War you're likely to read. But in many ways it set the parameters for his subsequent works, while Red Gold set the template. None of the other books have been as epic - except inasmuch as anything touched by the Second World War is touched by the epic - tighter, briefer, sharper, more [...]

  • Lawyer

    Furst has a talent for capturing the lesser known regions touched by World War II. Spies of the Balkans is no exception. We meet Zannis, a Greek detective who is assigned the most delicate tasks by the Commissioner of Police, a shadowy figure named Vangelis. Greece is at war with Italy and winning. It is only a matter of time before Hitler will not allow the Axis powers to be weak in any manner by going to the aid of Mussolini's troops. Meanwhile, Zannis will become involved in assisting the esc [...]

  • Gerry

    A reasonable start quickly degenerates into drivel with the storyline jumping around with seemingly no real focus. The main character Costa Zannis would be better working in Costa Coffee for all the interest he generates in his role as a handler of Salonika's political cases.I am afraid it was so bad that, try as I might, I had no option to abandon it almost halfway through; how I got that far I am not sure but even that has taken me a couple of months because I couldn't always face trying to ma [...]

  • Bill

    I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I bought it by chance, saw the cover, it looked interesting, read the synopsis; it sounded like a story I might like. I was right; it was great! A historical spy novel set in Greece 1940 as Greece and the Balkans prepare for the Nazi invasion. The main character is Costa Zannis, a police official who by accident almost becomes involved in working an escape route from Berlin to Salonika. He is heroic in a normal way, his friends as well. The story is so [...]

  • Vasilis Kalandaridis

    Πρώτη επαφή με τον Hurst και σίγουρα όχι η τελευταία.Υπεροχη αναπαράσταση της Σαλονίκης λίγο πριν την Κατοχή.Ενας ήρωας σοβαρός,ερωτύλος,αγαπάει τα σκυλιά,μια χαρά δηλαδή.Το στορι θα το έλεγα κατασκοπευτικό,η γραφή μου έφτιαξε εύκολα πολλές εικόνες στο μυαλό.Συντομα θα διαβά [...]

  • Lyn Elliott

    I've come across Alan First through friends, so thank you to those who recommended his thrillers.In Spies of the Balkans, the Greek detective Zannis has been transferred from regular to special duties requiring political sensitivity and a talent for fixing things behind the scenes. As the threat of invasion from, first Italy, then Germany, looms over all the Balkan states, Zannis uses his skills and position to help German Jews travel to safety through territory where occupation is imminent. Fu [...]

  • Kathy

    Another find at the Newberry Library Book Fair, lucky me. I will put this on the shelf to read again when locked in by winter. It was a different kind of spy book and my first with a Greek on center stage, making it all the more interesting. At times I felt the details were sparse and somewhat slim, but that equates to a book I will enjoy reading again. I did feel as though Zannis was the Accidental Spy if ever there was one - no family or educational connections leading him to what he did for a [...]

  • Ian Mapp

    Oh dear. Chosen because it was on the TV Book Club and had some good reviews in the year. This is truely terrible.How can anyone make WW2 boring?Costas Zannis is a policeman in Salonika, Greece in 1941. There is a map at the start of the book. Thats always a good place to start. The work of fiction neatly explains the Balkans part in WW2 and the history of the countries in the area - Yugoslavia, Turkey and so on. This is vaguely interesting.What fails is the story. Remember this is a work of fic [...]

  • Steve

    This was my second foray into Furst's historical detective/action/thriller not-really series, and I enjoyed it (although not as much as the first). Here, most of the action takes place in WWII Greece (but that's not fair to the scope of the storyline, which is far broader). The history is light, the sense of time and place is rich (and that I enjoy), but - for whatever reason - I felt that (unlike is the first book of his I read) I was less intrigued with the protagonist (who seemed like "just a [...]

  • Kerry

    First Furst book I've read and definitely enjoyed it and will seek out more. Am not a spy novel loving reader but this followed one character throughout and I found him most human and like able. Expanded my knowledge about WWII in Greece. Easy fast read and from what I see, one of Alan Furst's lesser known

  • Merilee

    A fun thriller about the early days of WWII in Salonika. We listened to it in the car. Aside from some cheesy love/sex scenes I'd highly recommend it.

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  • Conrad

    If you are looking for a story with lots of high-energy action the Furst's books are probably not for you. If, however, you want to feel the spirit of the age in the shadows of World War II with all the shady characters who made up the spy networks then you've come to the right place. With the impending invasion of Greece by Germany, Furst takes the reader to Salonika with a fascinating cast of characters.

  • Ed

    Another winner from Allan Furst - in my opinion, the most accomplished writer doing spy and espionage novels today. The story takes place mostly in Salonika, Greece in early 1940. Hitler is grabbing up real estate as fast as he can and Mussolini is trying to emulate his ally by invading Albania. Greece comes to Albania's aid and inflicts a number of defeats on Il Duce's armies. Everyone believes that Hitler will either dominate or invade the countries of the Balkans. The protagonist, Costa Zanni [...]

  • Tony

    Furst, Alan. SPIES OF THE BALKANS. (2010). ****. The first thing you will notice about this book is the period-styled photo on the dust jacket. The style itself looked familiar and I learned that it was a photo by Robert Doisneau. I had never heard of this photographer until about six years ago when I stumbled upon an exhibition of his in St. Petersburg (Fla). If you know him, find out more! The bookis isn’t one of Furst’s best, but it is still head and shoulders above the competition in the [...]

  • warren Cassell

    This was not the finest Furst espionage thriller I have read. However, the good stuff first…pun unintended. All of his novels take place in Europe during the ‘30’s and ‘40’s, leading up to the beginning of the Second World War. I lived through this historical era which not only intrigues me, but its European setting is of particular interest. Furst’s newest takes place in a lesser known geography where the ethnic tensions, eons old territorial disputes and nationalistic rivalries are [...]

  • Caroline

    Greece in the early 1940s kept her wary eye on Hitler's advances through parts of Europe. Mussolini, attempting to replicate Hitler's success, decides to invade Greece, but is repelled by the Greek army. But Salonika waits for the inevitable invasion by Hitler's army and secret service.In these uncertain times, spies with different international concerns blend into Salonika society, some catching the eye of Costa Zannis, a police inspector known for his integrity, and one with a special team, wo [...]

  • Jinnie Lee

    # 8 - Meh. There are some things I really enjoyed about this book. Of course, it met my ongoing interest in WWII, and taught me a bit about a location of the war I was not at all familiar with (Greece, Turkey, Hungary, etc. in the Balkans). The writing was pretty good, the scenes were well described, and the plot developments were plausible (which I like even in a fiction book). During the first part of the book, I was pretty excited about the things that were set up, and was eager for the autho [...]

  • Marc

    Spies of the Balkans takes place primarily in Salonika over the six months preceding the April 1941 Nazi invasion of Greece. The protagonist is prototypically Furstian: a highly competent, stoic loner with a strong moral compass. He is Zannis, a police detective who gets involved in an underground network smuggling Jews out of Germany, participates in battles against Italy at the mountainous Albanian border, and gets recruited by British spies to attempt a daring evacuation of an important Briti [...]

  • Linda

    I've read all of Alan Furst's WWII spy novels and have been entranced by almost all of them.This one is, therefore, a big disappointment. Furst's best books have vivid setting descriptions that create not only the place and times but also the atmosphere and tension of the events. Balkans has so little of this that it could be taking place on an empty sound stage. The best books have a complex characters, people who have been pulled into resistance action by the WWII events that enter their every [...]

  • Simon

    Another in Furst's series of well-crafted spy novels dealing with World War II. As usual, he takes a relatively unknown (to Americans, that is) corner of the conflict and plunges readers into it. This time it is Salonika during the Graeco/Italo war that climaxed with the Nazi invasion of Yugoslavia and Greece.The protagonist is a Greek policeman named Zannis, and the book is a series of snapshots over the year before the invasion. He becomes involved with a spy ring helmed by the English, as wel [...]

  • Robin

    This was not the first Furst I read. Like so many authors I have come to know, I stumbled over his works when looking for something by someone with a name very close on the library shelves.Furst is adept at drawing out characters who to most people, would not rate a second look. In this case a humble police lieutenant with a chaotic love life living in the back streets of Salonika. It is true to life in that many 'spies' are very ordinary people often chosen because they are expendable or becaus [...]

  • Neil

    This is book №11 in the "Night Soldiers" series by Alan Furth. Once again it is set before the start of WWII in the Greek port city of Salonika. The main character is Costa Zannis, a senior Police Officer who discretly covers up various problems of the well connected, he also keeps one ear to the ground to find out what is happening in all levels of life in the city. Everyone is concerned about when the war will come to them. Eventually tiring of Hitler's gains throughout the rest of Europe, M [...]

  • Richard Wise

    How does he do it? That sense of dark foreboding. Well lots of foreshadowing in the latest from Alan Furst. So many of his characters are fairly ordinary guys shoved into an extraordinary world. A gripping portrait of pre-WWII Europe. This one Costa Zannis, a Greek cop in Salonika who gets involved with a very beautiful, aristocratic German Jewess who is smuggling her friends out of Berlin decides he wants to help. Would he have been so anxious had she looked like the backside of a horse? Probab [...]

  • Alan

    A decent entry in Furst's series. The book gets by more on character than on a solid plot. The lead character, Costa Zannis is a special detective in pre-Second World War Salonika (now called Thessalonika). He is drawn into the clandestine world initially by helping German Jews escape to Turkey. British Intelligence gets wind of his success and pushes him into advancing their aims in the Balkans. Honorable, practical and patriotic, Zannis is drawn into increasingly difficult and dangerous plans. [...]

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