Nicky Marlow needs a job. He’s engaged to be married and the employment market is pretty slim in Britain in So when his fiancé points. : Cause for Alarm (): Eric Ambler: Books. Cause for Alarm and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. : Cause for Alarm (Penguin Modern Classics) (): Eric Ambler: Books.

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Leave a comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here On top of all that, Marlow is contacted by a General Vagas who informs him that he has no choice but to work as a Yugoslav spy. Started out well but the last third dragged. Kenton is a year-old cash-strapped freelance journalist, based in Berlin, working for whichever London papers will use his stories.

This isn’t his best book from the ’30’s, but it isn’t so eriv, for all that. Ambler’s stories satisfy the yearning we all have for a good story, well told. Amblet Kenton’s own views on the might of capital aren’t so very different: One qmbler the more sinister characters in the story is described as having an effeminate voice and a penchant for wearing rouge on his cheeks!

A decent copy of this early Ambler. The final episode before the escape is a particularly excoriating attack on the repressive behaviour of the Mussolini State. Jolly good show, Eric old man. ambller

Cause for Alarm

This was the second novel of his after the Mask of Dimitrios. This copy of Cause for Alarm. Want to Read saving…. Cause for Alarm Ambler, Eric Knopf A VG copy in a fair dust jacket. In fact, Ambler started a trend for engaging, historically and politically aware, credible spy fiction that has since given us such wonderful writers as John Le Carre, Len Deighton, Charles McCarr I love reading espionage fiction. Ships from the UK. An English engineer gets sent to Milan to work in a weapons machine design office.

Having just entered into the Axis alliance with Nazi Germany, Italy is a hotbed of espionage, and Marlow, because of his access to Italian weapons factories, immediately attracts the attentions of various spies as well as the Italian secret police. Nov 19, Joan Kerr rated it liked it. On the other hand, Follett in his most famous spy novel Eye is noteworthy because he incorporated treachery within a family living in a small isolated island with WWII as a backdrop and not being in the midst of the region’s power political struggle.


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Pages bright and clean. Some erasures and worn spots on endpapers, small ink notation “p. He moved to Hollywood in and during his eleven years there scripted some memorable films, including A Night to Remember and The Cruel Seawhich won him an Oscar nomination. Brought to Book Ltd Published: Trouble in Italy As soon as he arrives in Milan he finds himself surrounded caus mysteries: While he’s good at pace and tension, if you don’t care about the people involved caue can’t visualise the setti I bought this new because of the fantastic cover of the Penguin paperback reissue – not the edition shown here, sadly.

Ambler resurrected – and finally disposed of – Latimer 30 years later in The Intercom Conspiracy, a novel about a reactionary propagandist smear-sheet based in Geneva, told as a postmodern collection of primary documents letters, memos, transcribed dictation tapes and tape interviews assembled by Latimer, with an explanatory foreword by “Eric Fpr You didn’t have to worry about the police.

Has wear to the cover and pages. Jul 12, James Smith rated it really liked it. So, to say its politics are dated would be a gross overstatement. The dramatic cover one of the most famous in Fof Literature by Florian is bright and fresh, showing some edgewear with tiny chip[s and closed tears. Those were the things that I was trying, in my own causs terms, to write about.

The sense that everything is just about to come crashing down around Europe’s ears is very strong in this the book’s prophetic; it appeared inas is the depiction, through the often eic figure of Nicky, of English complacency in the face of the storm that was building.

What makes Biblio different? Marlow escapes capture on one occasion thanks to the selfless intervention of a former Communist railwayman, who has been cunningly identified as a one-time Comrade by Andreas Zaleshoff. In Cause for Alarm, Nicholas Marlow loses his job on the day he proposes to his girlfriend. Two of the major characters are thinly disguised Soviet agents and the whole Commie amvler thing even gets the protagonists out of a tight spot.


Cause For Alarm by Ambler, Eric

Better World Books Condition: Whether he likes it or not, Nick finds himself making a choice on behalf of others and not just himself. The tortured shriek of high tragedy has degenerated into a petulant grunt. It was very entertaining and I enjoyed it. It seems that they need cakse man who has an engineering background and who can speak Italian to head up that branch because the previous manager was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Marlow, whose predecessor was not only involved in espionage but murdered, at first wants nothing to do with these people, but a roughing up at the hands of fascist thugs changes his mind.

Cause For Alarm

I bought this new because of the fantastic cover of the Penguin paperback reissue – not the edition shown here, sadly. Eric Ambler was a great writer of spy eruc, and a great writer, period.

Someone who is not a spy or an operative of any kind is caught up in a web of intrigue through which he must navigate to come out the end in one piece. Oh, and there are the Fascist Italian secret police, they follow everybody. As soon as he arrives in Milan he finds himself surrounded by mysteries: I enjoyed reading this part because it felt rather true to what would happen when an outsider ended up becoming involved in that sort of situation and had no idea how to get out of it.

Confident in his opposition to what they’re fighting against, he doesn’t worry too much about what the people he’s arming are fighting for.

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