Spies of the Balkans

Spies of the Balkans

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2010
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In 1940, with a Nazi invasion looming, police officer Costa Zannis must deal with increased spy activity in the port city of Salonika in northern Greece. With a colorful cast of characters, including German secret police, a British writer, Hungarian gangsters, Alan Furst's latest historical intriguing thriller chronicles the extraordinary account of an ordinary police officer trying to maintain order in one of the most chaotic periods in European history.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2010.
ISBN: 9781442306059
144230605X
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (9 hrs., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Gerroll, Daniel

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Oct 13, 2013

Pretty par-for-the-course Furst, helped out by some solid narration by Daniel Gerroll. One thing I couldn't help but observe is how the author's protagonists are inevitably cut from the same cloth: single men approaching middle age who somehow or another manage to become irresistible lotharios (I think this character of Costa Zannis may be the highpoint of this tendency as in a relatively brief novel he somehow manages to seduce/be seduced by at least three women). Meticulous attention to time and place aside, therefore, I just view these books as pure escapism, a function for which they serve admirably.

Cdnbookworm May 17, 2011

This story takes place in 1940 and early 1941, mostly in Greece. The main character here is Constantine "Costa" Zannis, who has a senior position in the police force in the port city of Salonika.
Greece fights back an Italian invasion coming from the north and pushed the Italian forces back to Albania. There is increasing pressure on the Balkans from the Germans, and Zannis begins to see signs of spies from a variety of countries. Zannis himself also becomes involved in facilitating an escape route from Germany to Turkey. As time goes on the danger escalates and Zannis finds that he has come to the notice of the Germans as well.
We see his personal life as well as the issues he deals with as a policeman, and this novel provides great plot and characters. For those who, like me, like novels set during the early twentieth century, this novel is a great read. There is danger, suspense, romance, and humour.

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