Dark Voyage Author:Alan Furst May 1941. At 4 in the morning, a rust-streaked tramp freighter streams 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 Malmo. — But she is not the Santa Rosa. She is the Noordendam,... more » 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.
One more battle in the spy wars that rage through the back alleys of the ports, from elegant hotels to abandoned piers, and in the souks and cafes of North Africa. A battle of survival as the merchant ships die at sea and Britain-the last opposition to Nazi Germany-slowly begins to starve.« less