Under Occupation

Under Occupation

From the master of espionage and intrigue, this novel about heroic resistance fighters in 1942 occupied Paris is based on true events of Polish prisoners in Nazi Germany, who smuggled valuable intelligence to Paris and the resistance. Occupied Paris in 1942, a dark, treacherous city now ruled by the German security services, where French resistance networks are working...

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Title:Under Occupation
Author:Alan Furst
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Under Occupation Reviews

  • Gram

    Nazi occupied Paris 1942 and a running man is gunned down in the street. Paul Ricard, a journalist turned crime writer, goes to his aid and the man slips him a single page drawing which turns out to be a schematic of a submarine torpedo's detonator. Ricard realises this may be of importance to the British and manages to contact the fledgling French Resistance and pass the document along.

    Gradually, Paul is drawn into working for the Resistance and the pace of the plot quickens as he becomes

    Nazi occupied Paris 1942 and a running man is gunned down in the street. Paul Ricard, a journalist turned crime writer, goes to his aid and the man slips him a single page drawing which turns out to be a schematic of a submarine torpedo's detonator. Ricard realises this may be of importance to the British and manages to contact the fledgling French Resistance and pass the document along.

    Gradually, Paul is drawn into working for the Resistance and the pace of the plot quickens as he becomes involved in more espionage activities, stealing documents and pieces of military equipment, monitoring the safe houses on an escape line from Paris though various towns to Spain and setting up a small Resistance cell to collect rifles and agents landed by Lysander plane in the French countryside.

    As the war begins to swing in the Allies favour, Paul and his comrades take more and more risks, sometimes close to arrest and death. Paranoia reigns as Resistance members aren't sure who they can trust. Meanwhile, in Britain the "civil servants", men involved in the Special Operations Executive - the organisation set up in 1940 to conduct espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance in occupied Europe - send Paul on more dangerous missions.

    The tension becomes almost unbearable as we wonder if he and his closest friends will survive.

    The author effortlessly captures the atmosphere of wartime Paris with German occupying forces everywhere and French men and women divided in their loyalties - some are with the growing Resistance movement while others, especially many police officers, serve their Nazi masters.

    Strict curfews, food rationing, secrecy, fear and resentment seep from every page. This is yet another thrilling read from a master of gripping espionage fiction.

  • Linda Bond

    Consummate writer of espionage tales brings 1942 Paris to life for us in his latest novel which takes place in the underground resistance of France as well as in Germany itself. It might also be called the Polish Resistance. Polish laborers who are enslaved to the Nazi’s and forced to help develop war machines in the u-boat naval yards. In retaliation, they steal secret documents and pass them via the underground to the hands of the British. Tense, taught, unnerving is this writing, yet filled

    Consummate writer of espionage tales brings 1942 Paris to life for us in his latest novel which takes place in the underground resistance of France as well as in Germany itself. It might also be called the Polish Resistance. Polish laborers who are enslaved to the Nazi’s and forced to help develop war machines in the u-boat naval yards. In retaliation, they steal secret documents and pass them via the underground to the hands of the British. Tense, taught, unnerving is this writing, yet filled with all-too-human characters and ever-present beauty of the French countryside. I loved it as much for the underlying ideas as for the story itself. I urge you to discover your own favorite things about this exciting and revealing novel.

    I met this book at Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane, WA

  • Mike Sumner

    Another classic Alan Furst, set in occupied Paris, 1942.

    I have always admired the resilience and courage of the French resistance, working secretly to defeat Hitler. The German occupying forces are everywhere...

    Paul Ricard is a novelist of some repute and becomes ensnared in the world of espionage when a man being chased by the Gestapo hands over a strange-looking document to the unsuspecting novelist before he dies, shot trying

    Another classic Alan Furst, set in occupied Paris, 1942.

    I have always admired the resilience and courage of the French resistance, working secretly to defeat Hitler. The German occupying forces are everywhere...

    Paul Ricard is a novelist of some repute and becomes ensnared in the world of espionage when a man being chased by the Gestapo hands over a strange-looking document to the unsuspecting novelist before he dies, shot trying to escape. The document is a blueprint of a part for a military weapon, important information for the Allied forces. Ricard has no choice but try to get it into the hands of members of the resistance network. He is unwittingly drawn deeper into ant-German efforts, has to travel deep into enemy territory and along escape routes set up by the resistance. He begins to work with Leila, a professional spy, to get crucial information out of France...

    As he becomes known to the Gestapo he has to desperately avoid capture. The last twenty minutes or so of Under Occupation are a breathless race to escape their clutches, through the streets of my favourite city that Furst knows so well.

    Not quite up to Furst's earlier work but an exciting read nevertheless.

  • Maine Colonial

    I received a free publisher's advance review copy via Netgalley.

    Paul Ricard, a Paris-based crime novelist, becomes enmeshed in the resistance against France’s Nazi occupiers almost by accident. A man is shot on the street and manages to give Paul what appears to be a technical drawing and asks him to get it to the British.

    Once Ricard tracks down a resistance contact and passes on the document, he is recruited to act as an agent. He starts by traveling to Germany as a journalist reporting on a

    I received a free publisher's advance review copy via Netgalley.

    Paul Ricard, a Paris-based crime novelist, becomes enmeshed in the resistance against France’s Nazi occupiers almost by accident. A man is shot on the street and manages to give Paul what appears to be a technical drawing and asks him to get it to the British.

    Once Ricard tracks down a resistance contact and passes on the document, he is recruited to act as an agent. He starts by traveling to Germany as a journalist reporting on a bridge opening, but that’s just his cover. His real purpose is to make contact with Polish slave laborers working on the Germans’ torpedo technology so that he can pass on additional intelligence to the British. He brings along his friend Kasia to communicate with the Poles, and she becomes another Resistance regular.

    As usual, Furst’s focus is on a bit player. This gives us the on-the-ground view, and personalizes the story. In so many books, the Resistance members are portrayed as fearless warriors, but that’s never the case with Furst. Ricard wants to rid his beloved France of the occupiers and he’s willing to help the Resistance, but he feels real fear and reluctance. And yet, along with Kasia and his principal contacts Leila and Adrian, he keeps going, step by step, until he’s doing things he would never have imagined.

    This is a short novel, written sparely, with Furst’s usual atmospheric evocation of the wartime underworld. It’s a good read, though I would have liked to have a more detailed story.

  • TJ

    This is a short fast read. I would suggest paying attention to the first of the book so you don’t get lost, it was sometimes confusing when Ricard would start talking about his book he was writing when you were thinking the events were really happening.

    There were several scenes that were very well done and the descriptions were excellent, one was the train ride when the RAF were bombing, you could easily envision it happening. On the other hand, unfortunately, I could not get completely pulled

    This is a short fast read. I would suggest paying attention to the first of the book so you don’t get lost, it was sometimes confusing when Ricard would start talking about his book he was writing when you were thinking the events were really happening.

    There were several scenes that were very well done and the descriptions were excellent, one was the train ride when the RAF were bombing, you could easily envision it happening. On the other hand, unfortunately, I could not get completely pulled into the story, I felt that some of the events were way to convenient. I found that Ricard and Kasia were pulled into situations they were not trained for and they were lacking the expertise to be spies. I also felt the sex scenes seemed out of place and didn’t really add much.

    All and all, it had its moments but I don’t consider it a remarkable story.

    I was given the opportunity to receive this book from Random House Publishing Group through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. This one gets 3 stars.

  • Stephen Hackett

    Very disappointing. As other reviewers have said, this feels like a draft - some sections are little more than sketches, others far better developed. I can see that Furst was perhaps trying to convey the fleeting nature of wartime encounters, as agents and refugees pass through Paris and on to the next safe house, but it wasn't well enough done to be convincing. The author also treats his readers like dimwits, explaining every French phrase, constantly telling rather than showing. I wondered

    Very disappointing. As other reviewers have said, this feels like a draft - some sections are little more than sketches, others far better developed. I can see that Furst was perhaps trying to convey the fleeting nature of wartime encounters, as agents and refugees pass through Paris and on to the next safe house, but it wasn't well enough done to be convincing. The author also treats his readers like dimwits, explaining every French phrase, constantly telling rather than showing. I wondered whether this was a work of 'contractual obligation' and pictured Furst cobbling together ideas and characters from his desk drawer to concoct a single, thin and unsatisfying narrative for his publisher... At one point a Spanish character refers to spending the previous Christmas 'in a trench outside Madrid'. This would make sense if the current novel was set in 1939, but this book is set in late 1942-43 (though the timeline is not always clear). Was this episode originally sketched for a different time and place, then carelessly pasted in to 'Under Occupation'? Does Furst have an editor?

    Ironically, the main protagonist Ricard - essentially a 1940s French Alan (Alain?) Furst who makes his living writing anti-fascist espionage novels - was not at all convincing as a character in himself, still less his writing life. Ricard could have been an interesting new lead character - perhaps Furst was planning a series of Ricard novels, of which 'Under Occupation' is a distillation (or a publisher's treatment)? Who knows. All I can say is that this is way below par for a writer whose earlier work was innovative and clever, but which now teeters on the brink of self-parody.

  • Lynn Horton

    I like Furst’s work, although this one isn’t my favorite. He has his own style, and it works really well with historic spy novels. He handles the “grit” well, and I never finish one of his novels feeling uplifted—but then again, I really shouldn’t.

    Under Occupation seems incomplete to me. It feels rushed and under-developed. Maybe I’ve read too many WW2 books of late (and I’ve pretty much declared a moratorium on them), but this story just ambles along and never really reaches a climax.

    I like Furst’s work, although this one isn’t my favorite. He has his own style, and it works really well with historic spy novels. He handles the “grit” well, and I never finish one of his novels feeling uplifted—but then again, I really shouldn’t.

    Under Occupation seems incomplete to me. It feels rushed and under-developed. Maybe I’ve read too many WW2 books of late (and I’ve pretty much declared a moratorium on them), but this story just ambles along and never really reaches a climax.

    Recommended, but read his other novels first.

  • Flo

    It is hard for me to criticize one of my favorite writers, Alan Furst, who has been a favorite since his first book, Night Soldiers, came out in 1988. His latest, Under Occupation, comes nowhere near his earlier novels, which seem to get less interesting with each one.

    It is 1942 and the Germans are occupying Paris. Furst is excellent at atmosphere, but the tidbits he drops from time to time about life under the Germans are redundant; he's used them before. Even his writing is a bit clunky: in

    It is hard for me to criticize one of my favorite writers, Alan Furst, who has been a favorite since his first book, Night Soldiers, came out in 1988. His latest, Under Occupation, comes nowhere near his earlier novels, which seem to get less interesting with each one.

    It is 1942 and the Germans are occupying Paris. Furst is excellent at atmosphere, but the tidbits he drops from time to time about life under the Germans are redundant; he's used them before. Even his writing is a bit clunky: in his first chapter he seems to be giving us a tour of Paris "under occupation."

    Paul Ricard, a writer of thrillers, bumps into a man in a Paris Street who is being chased by the Gestapo. Before he dies the man thrusts a piece of paper into Ricard's pocket (I seem to have read that before too) thus pushing Ricard into the world of the Resistance and espionage. Soon he meets Leila, a member of the Resistance, and after a few escapades they enjoy the expected one night stand.

    Ricard's character is a cardboard cutout as is Leila's. He has one acquaintance, Kasia, a prostitute, who he had sex with in the past, but is now into girls. Kasia helps him and although he's a writer he seems to take to smuggling, hiding, stealing, and killing like a typical James Bond, being pretty successful and efficient. He has no brothers, sisters, parents, uncles, aunts, cousins. Leila claims she has family in Turkey; she turns up only once or twice during the whole book so if they are in love it is without passion or even emotion but a bit of cocaine spices up the sex. I gave it 3 stars. However, I am very disappointed. Is this what I waited 3 years for?

  • Rachel Pollock

    This is the sixth novel of Alan Furst's that I've read, and it is my least favorite. The book reads like a draft which would be improved by further rounds of editing for character development (everyone is a cardboard cutout), location description (sometimes you can picture in your head where the events are happening, other times it's very disconnected), and weeding out goonish ogling at the bodies of all the female characters. I realize this is spy noir, but it's not told in the first

    This is the sixth novel of Alan Furst's that I've read, and it is my least favorite. The book reads like a draft which would be improved by further rounds of editing for character development (everyone is a cardboard cutout), location description (sometimes you can picture in your head where the events are happening, other times it's very disconnected), and weeding out goonish ogling at the bodies of all the female characters. I realize this is spy noir, but it's not told in the first person--the lasciviousness doesn't come off as a personality trait of the protagonist, rather the sexism of the narrative voice.

    It's unfortunate; i loved Dark Star and The World at Night, but if this is what passes for a Furst novel now, I'll content myself with the backlist.

    I received an ARC of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Angela

    I was so excited to read a new title by Alan Furst. However, this slim book is a disappointment - repeated use of french terms, then restated in english; thin plotting with slow movement. I had hoped for better.

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