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Midnight in Europe

A book by Alan Furst

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Adventures in Paris prior to WWII

  • Aug 9, 2014
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The reader witnesses pre war II and the Spanish Civil War.  Set in 1938, the reader learns about the fascists of National Spain fighting against the Spanish Republic.

Christian Ferrer is a Spanish emerge. He's an attorney for an international law firm and living in Paris.  He's loyal to the Spanish Republic and as Franco's fascist army is winning the Spanish Civil War, he's recruited to be an arms purchaser for the Republic.  He works with Max de Lyon, and leading arms merchant and money man.

Interesting historical facts are described which reminded me of their place in history. One surprise was that the Spanish Republic Army had almost no air support. The reader also learns of the Condor Legion - German fighters sent to Spain by Hitler, to help Franco and, on the other side of the battle, the International Brigade- people from outside of Spain, fighting for the Spanish Republic.

Arms dealers face dangers since they put their lives at risk by traveling to countries where it's possible to buy weapons, i.e. Russia, Czechoslovakia and Poland. Great Britain is afraid of Germany and won't sell their weapons. The German empire expands and Franco makes gains.

Ferrar meets an aristocratic woman who seems to want something from him. Without revealing plot, there is an interesting relationship between the two.

The reader also reads of the gaiety of Paris nightlife but underneath that gaiety, people are afraid and many of them are making arrangements to relocate if Germany continues to advance.

This is an enjoyable read where the reader gets the feeling that if only some of the other countries helped Spain, maybe Hitler wouldn't have moved so quickly to gain control of Europe.
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August 10, 2014
Interesting historical development!
August 11, 2014
Thank you, I appreciate your comments. I was loaned this book by a friend and it made a long flight to San Francisco more entertaining.
August 12, 2014
You are welcome.
 
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Michael A.Draper retired from working as a financial planner with Mass Mutual.   Married to Diana for 48 years, one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely granddaughters.      … more
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Author: Alan Furst
Genre: historical mystery,
Publisher: Random House
Date Published: 2014
ISBN: 9781400069491
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