Dark Voyage (Night Soldiers, #8) by Alan Furst

Dark Voyage (Night Soldiers, #8)

Set in May 1941 Dark Voyage is taut with suspense and pounding with battle scenes; it is authentic, powerful, and brilliant."In 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 sto...

Details Dark Voyage (Night Soldiers, #8)

TitleDark Voyage (Night Soldiers, #8)
Release DateMay 31st, 2005
PublisherRandom House Trade Paperbacks
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Spy Thriller, Espionage, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews Dark Voyage (Night Soldiers, #8)

  • Cphe
    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 novel.This 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...
  • Ed
    In my mind Furst writes the finest espionage novels available. I like his stuff better than LeCarre's.This particular story follows the travails of a Dutch Cargo ship that ends up running undercover missions for the British in early 1941.Furst'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 ...
  • Anna
    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, more dangerous and unknown mission -- to masquerade as the Spanish ship Santa Rosa in order to sail under its neutral flag. With that action, he r...
  • Lars Guthrie
    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...
  • John Caviglia
    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 li...
  • Marc A.
    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 ...
  • Julie
    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 and.....were left hanging!
  • James
    Maybe this is my favorite Furst novel because it was my first, or maybe because it's so different from his others (which I also love) in that instead of alleyways, hotel rooms, train cars, and secret cafes, the main action takes place on a freight ship pulled into the war first under the guise of espionage and later by direct conflict. Rather than a single man against the world, this book has more of an "Us versus Them" feel to it with a ship sym...
  • Darwin8u
    A non-typical Furst novel, 'Dark Voyage' is primarily centered on a Dutch captain (DeHaan), his multicultural crew, and the merchant marine perils that faced sailors from the Mediterranean to the Baltic seas. Every book Furst writes appears to grow from the same thesis, but stretch into entirely new areas. This was a nice deviation from his normal East European or Parisian locals. With every Furst novel, I become more and more amazed at the nuanc...
  • John Yelverton
    An interesting story, but it was far from phenomenal and I really wouldn't recommend it.
  • Bettie
    mp3 workadayMy first Furst and it won't be my last.
  • Dolf Patijn
    A decent enough WW II spy/adventure novel. My main gripe is that the main characters don't get enough flesh on their bones. The tension only really builds up in the last chapters and the end could have been a bit better too. All in all an entertaining read but not the best WW II spy novel I've read.
  • Laura
    I've been a fan of Alan Furst for years, but I do believe this is the best one I've read. I've come to think of him as the anti-Bond--his protagonists have very ordinary lives, and show spy craft as a project that is alternately terrifying and boring. One of the most nail biting moments in this book comes when the captain of the tramp freighter sees an untethered mine adrift in the ocean, and, because he can do nothing to maneuver to avoid it, ha...
  • Sarah Sammis
    Dark Voyage was my introduction to Alan Furst's WWII spy novels. The book follows the ad hock crew of the Noordendam, sailing for the Royal Navy under a stolen Spanish flag. While the crew sails from port to port, we are given hints at the battles through letters, radio transmissions and their brief ports of call.Furst's writing style is reminiscent of Grahame Green, especially when writing for Carol Reed. I was most reminded of Our Man in Havana...
  • Neil
    This is book 8 in the "Night Soldiers" series. There are 2 main 'characters' in this book, first we have Captain Eric DeHaan. He is a Dutch sea captain in charge of a merchant vessel during the early stages of WWII. The other principal character in his ship, Noodenham, which sometimes becomes a double of a neutral Spanish freighter the 'Santa Rosa'. The reasons for this subterfuge become all too apparent as the story unfolds.Even though this book...
  • Emily
    The most economical of Furst's novels that I've read so far, and also the only one in which the main action takes place after the outbreak of the war. This book deals with a Dutch merchant marine steamship that is coopted, willingly enough, to help in the English war effort in the spring/summer of 1941. The captain, De Haan, is like the king and protector of his own floating mini-state--which is a new theme, since most Furst books deal with lone-...
  • J.S. Dunn
    Furst's historical thrillers have become a minor addiction. Easily read, absorbing, wonderfully atmospheric; even where the setting is quite macho --- a rusty tramp steamer. Plus he never throws in gratuitous sex or cursing or anachronisms.Nor is he politically correct since that concept did not exist in the 30s/40s except perhaps for Stalin or Hitler, and as written so well by George Orwell. Let us then agree that some Fursts are more equal than...
  • Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
    Folks, this is top-shelf historical fiction, and a goodly amount of this book is genuine 'edge-of-your-seat' thriller type stuff. If you love suspenseful sea stories with wonderfully wrought characters and a serious dose of World War II espionage, then this is the novel for you. The writing and plotting of Dark Voyage is right up there with the best of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series. I unhesitatingly recommend Alan Furst's novel, Dark Vo...
  • Tom Johnson
    probably my favorite Furst but then whenever I finish my latest of the Night Soldiers series it tends to be my favorite - this one though had that extra something - DeHaan was a very engaging protagonist - a whole crew of good fellows, not to mention the admirable Maria Bromen - the sea yarn held interest all through the voyage of the Noordendam - capital stuff!
  • Lobstergirl
    Laconic spy novelist tells story of laconic Dutch freighter captain and laconic crew recruited for British WWII spy mission. Seamen copulate, clandestine cargoes are loaded and unloaded, the Portuguese dawn is witness to the night's last whore riding slowly home on her bicycle, refugees eat onion and margarine sandwiches, mines are avoided, convoys are bombed.
    This fantastic novel reads like a film noir and is centered around a secret mission undertaken by a 'Spanish' freighter from Tangier to Sweden's Baltic coast during the late spring of 1941, just prior to Operation Barbarossa.
  • Carmen
    Set in 1941 this is the story of an unusual group of sailors. Lots of action and suspense ad they try to avoid Nazi ships.
  • Rick
    Slim, taut novel of World War II. Furst is a master of the genre of period suspense and his theater of operation is Europe during the mid-to-late 30s and the war years themselves. This novel features a Dutch merchant marine captain whose tramp steamer becomes first an agent of the Dutch resistance, then the British war effort. Like all of Furst’s work, Dark Voyage is crisp, character and plot driven, and rich in period detail. Also, characteris...
  • Dick Reynolds
    One of the joys of reading Alan Furst’s historic novels is being placed in the virtual shoes of various characters during the European turmoil of WWII. In this book, Eric DeHaan, captain of a Dutch freighter, undertakes a secret and dangerous mission on behalf of the British Navy. In order to pull it off, his ship has to be repainted, renamed Santa Rosa and fly the flag of a neutral country. The ruse is initially successful but troubles begin w...
  • Andrew
    A genuinely novel plotline and an interesting central character. Very well pitched to retain interest. Melancholy and fatalistic in tone bit at the same time holding out hope. The weaknesses are the basis of the final mission and the denouement, which barely catches the tone of the rest of the novel. A very good read.
  • Ann-Marie
    I have a soft spot for this series. Each book is so detailed and credible. If you ever wondered what it was like to experience WW II from a particular vantage point - such as a captain of a Dutch tramp steamer taken over by the British navy - this will appeal to you. It's almost comical the way the nation-states change sides in this novel so that at some points characters aren't certain whether they are indeed adversaries. One day they were, the ...
  • Dianne
    I really enjoyed this novel which is more of derring-do than espionage. Docking at Tangiers in April 1941, DeHaan, master of the rusting merchant ship the Noordendam is co-opted into the Royal Dutch Navy and then used by British Naval Intelligence. The action takes place in the Mediterranean, and encompasses the German assault on Crete. By the time the Noordendam sailing under the false colours of neutral Spain as the Santa Rosa has reached the ...
  • Christian Bauman
    My love of Graham Greene shouldn't come as a surprise (although i don't think I've written about him here yet). And of Greene's stuff, I tend to go down the road of Quiet American, The Comedians, etc. It was an easy jump, then, to Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady books (Gorky Park, etc); again, haven't written of him yet here, but will. A later discovery was Furst. The first I read was The World at Night (I used a quote from that novel to open my secon...