The Polish Officer

The Polish Officer

A Novel

eBook - 2001
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Capt. Alexander de Milja is a chameleon. A cartographer by profession, de Milja works as an intelligence officer in the Polish underground at the outset of World War II. When the Germans discover de Milja's identity in Poland, he goes to France and later Russia to continue his work. Under a series of false identities, mingling with the bon vivants of occupied Paris, he becomes a prized intelligence resource, surviving by cunning and passing valuable strategic information to the British. De Milja is in even more danger, working as a saboteur based in a Ukrainian forest as the Germans march east. De Milja's disguises are many-he passes as a Russian writer, a Czech coal merchant, and a Polish horse breeder-and he embraces each persona completely as he goes about the business of espionage and sabotage. De Milja comes across as a genuine individual who, in his weaker moments, grapples with his desire to give up the fight. This well-written, realistic novel paints a vivid picture of the grayness and despair of the German occupation.
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, c2001
ISBN: 9781588361004
1588361004
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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JaniceDeG
Sep 28, 2016

More than half way through this book, I realized I was still waiting for something to happen. This is not a riveting read. Didn't bother finishing this.

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looper46
Jun 30, 2014

one of the better, I think, books by Furst--an early volumn, it moves along nicely, right amount of violence, sex and intrigue.

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