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Set in May 1941 Dark Voyage is taut with suspense and pounding with battle scenes; it is authentic powerful and brilliantIn 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 MalmöBut 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 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 starveA 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 homeFrom 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

10 thoughts on “Dark Voyage

  1. says:

    3 and 12 stars rounded down This was a good spy story set in EuropeAfrica 1941 Eric DeHaan a Dutch Captain of a tramp freighter is enlisted by the company's owner and the Netherlands Navy to help British intelligence in transporting men and cargo for spy missions The plot moves slowly but the characters are well written I thought that the marine descriptions were authenticOne item that surprised and disappointed me was that the author identified Holland as a country Holland is actually part of the country of Netherlands When the Dutch Navy enlist him to help they urge him to do so on behalf of HollandThis was a library book

  2. says:

    In my mind Furst writes the finest espionage novels available I like his stuff better than LeCarre'sThis particular story follows the travails of a Dutch Cargo ship that ends up running undercover missions for the British in early 1941Furst's ability to describe the atmosphere of those times is astounding He draws Captain DeHaan in such realistic terms that I only wish I could meet the man The entire story gives us a peek into the past that is realistic accurate enticing and absorbing I wish I knew how he does itAs with most Alan Furst stories the ending is ambiguous so we can draw our own conclusions as to what happened to the charactersI can hardly wait to get to my next Furst novel

  3. says:

    The story of the Dutch Freighter Noordenham and her Captain Eric DeHaan during the second world war This novel took a while to gather momentum but it really picked up pace during the second half of the novelThis is somewhat different to the other novels that I've read by the author There is still the bleakness and murkiness but the majority of the novel takes place on board the Noordenham which I really enjoyed Love sea faring themed novels Especially enjoyed the secondary characters here the motley crew of the gallant Noordenham

  4. says:

    We listened to this book as we drove through Illinois Iowa finally finishing it in Nebraska on our road trip westward We both found it hard to follow We enjoyed the subject matter of subterfuge ships probably would have awarded four stars if it hadn't been for the abrupt ending The ship had run aground the engines had failed we were gripped for the finale andwere left hanging

  5. says:

    This is a really fascinating book for an adventure thriller The majority of the story takes place on the decks of the merchant ship Noordendam which belongs to a Dutch firm The ship is commandeered by a British agent for a short mission Afterwards the captain pragmatically agrees to an even longer dangerous and unknown mission to masquerade as the Spanish ship Santa Rosa in order to sail under its neutral flag With that action he realizes that he and his crew were drawn into the shadowy dark side of the war with no guarantees of support or even successWhat especially makes this story fascinating is the pace With that Furst captures life aboard this ship technically in wartime without a home port seemingly meandering first around the Mediterranean then the Atlantic the Baltic with vignettes of scenes on board and the crewmen punctuated with actions ashore and on board He captures the essence of the shadowy figures that inhabited the dark side from the spymasters to the agents to the people one meets on shore never quite sure that they were who they said they were or even if you would see them againWith seemingly little happening but with so much quiet action the tension is the current that propels the storyGreat stuff

  6. says:

    Still good but maybe my diet has been too heavily weighed toward Furst's spy thrillers recently The formula is formulaic even if it is a good formula'Dark Voyage' differs from Furst's other World War II espionage novels I've read so far in that there is an absence of eastern European intrigue Somehow a merchant seaman from the Netherlands doesn't quite have the pizzazz of other Furst protagonists Captain Eric DeHaan is a stolid burgher type and the attempts to spice up his love life are misbegotten That said 'Dark Voyage' features some great nail biting sequences as DeHaan's tramp steamer is enlisted by the British shifts in and out of disguise sailing as a counterfeit Spanish freighter and wends its way out of the Mediterranean and and through German mine fields in the North Sea Furst really makes you aware of the scope and geography of World War II with a rich sense of the history before it

  7. says:

    Another winner by Alan Furst I haven't had this much enjoyment from historical fiction since Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey and Maturin series If Furst can turn as many good volumes as he did and he's well on his way I'll be in heaven I've often wondered what my father's born in Poland in 1909 life was really like when the world around him went mad Furst brings the WWII period as it looked to many ordinary and some extaordinary Europeans to life with great stories peopled by beutifully realized characters with great empathy and wit Most of the books don't or just barely even mention the US which I think is generally what I've been exposed to when it comes to books and films on this period Furst brings a whole new perspective to events that shook and forever changed the world

  8. says:

    Alan Furst has written a series of novels set in Europe in the 1930s and early 1940s They overlap and characters occasionally reappear in different books I've now read all but one of his books and I've enjoyed them all although some are better than others and like many authors the most recent few feel a bit dialled in than the early books in the seriesDark Voyage differs from the others in that it is set almost entirely on a Dutch cargo ship the Noordendam It is also one of the few that has a title that actually helps you to remember which book it was I defy even the hardiest Furst fan to remember which was which among the generically titled Dark Star Blood of Victory The World at Night or Midnight in EuropeThe captain of the Noordendam is approached by British intelligence and asked to disguise his ship as a Spanish freighter so he can undertake clandestine missions for the Allies The book starts slowly but Furst is a master at ramping up the tension and getting you to care deeply about the fate of Captain DeHaan British Agent Kolb turns up in Dark Voyage but what he's been up to is never explained For an answer you need to read Spies of the Balkans which immediately precedes this one although it was written 6 years later While it's not possible to read this series in perfect chronological order because they overlap so much this prompted me to try to compile a list of how you'd do it if you could1 Night Soldiers Autumn 1934 April 19452 The Spies of Warsaw Autumn 1937 May 19383 Dark Star Autumn 1937 October 19404 Midnight in Europe December 1937 July 19385 Kingdom of Shadows March 1938 June 19396 Mission to Paris September 1938 January 19397 The Foreign Correspondent December 1938 July 19398 The Polish Officer September 1939 November 19419 The World at Night May 1940 June 194110 Spies of the Balkans October 1940 April 194111 Blood of Victory November 1940 July 194112 A Hero in France March 1941 July 194113 Dark Voyage April 1941 June 194114 Red Gold September 1941 April 194215 Under Occupation October 1942 January 1943

  9. says:

    So far two Fursts one finished one but started First impressions His covers tend to darkness his titles to noir the overarching series being Night Warriors It comes as no surprise that Dark Voyage is well noir And Furst revels in his dark element The prose is wonderfully nuanced precise and crisp Note to self occasionally replace a comma with a period For tight effect His characters are such as live the complex life of noir where World War II in northern Europe in this case no responsible human decision is black or white so that—contrarywise morally speaking—noir connotes but endless foggy shades of gray Noir is nothing if not atmosphere And Furst beautifully captures the historical moment to its last molecular detail Bad weather is also a must So it is fitting that the main character—a Dutch sea captain ensnared by nets of espionage—take his rust bucket crewed by a than motley crew spies and commandos as passengers into the indeed very weather beaten Baltic on a doomed mission to do his small part to stop the Nazis Question to self Did Melville and his drizzly November in my soul create seagoing noir? Very much enjoyed this excursion into darkness And a tip of the hat to Don for steering me to Furst

  10. says:

    This is the eighth volume in Furst's Night Soldiers series although most of the series need not be read in the order published only The World at Night and Red Gold relate directly as a sequential pair For those that wish the read the books in sequence Blood of Victory precedes this and The Foreign Correspondent follows