Night Soldiers Author:Alan Furst Before armies clash, a silent war rages. The war of the night soldiers. — 1934. Europe is a short-fused powder keg, and from the East comes just the man to light it: Khristo Stoianev, a new recruit of Russia's elite intelligence corps, the NKVD. Khristo is a night soldier fighting a new kind of war in which the killing is secret, ... more »calculated, efficient.
But now Khristo is a hunted man. While covertly tipping the scales of Spain's bloody Civil War, he is betrayed by his own during Stalin's ruthless purges. And before Khristo's silent war has ended, every rule will have been broken, all loyalties discarded.
He will know the chaotic decadence of Paris on the eve of its occupation and the heat of guerilla warfare with the French Resistance. He will be saved more than once by those fighting by his side -- both enemy and ally. He will be shattered by the loss of the only woman who knew his real name. Khristo is a "non-person" whose world is both home and hell ... who learns that even revenge is not as sweet as escape.« less
This series was recommended to me by someone who also likes historical novels. This was the first of Furst's books I have read. At the beginning I did not think I was going to like it, but I perservered and ended up loving it. It was well-written and moved along quickly. I did not lose interest, even though this is a "historical period" that I am not particularly interested in. I am about to read a second novel in the series. I would recommend these books to anyone who likes historical novels or the period of the World Wars.