Background to Danger

Background to Danger❰Reading❯ ➻ Background to Danger Author Eric Ambler – Kenton's career as a journalist depended on his facility with languages his knowledge of European politics and his uick judgment Where his judgment sometimes failed him was in his personal life When h Kenton's career as a journalist depended on his facility with languages his knowledge of European politics and his uick judgment Where his judgment sometimes failed him was in his personal life When he finds himself on a train bound for Austria with insufficient funds after a Background to PDF/EPUB ² bad night of gambling he jumps at the chance to earn a fee to help a refugee smuggle securities across the border He soon discovers that the documents he holds have a than monetary value and that European politics has twists and turns than the most convoluted newspaper account.

Eric Ambler began his writing career in the early s and uickly established a reputation as a thriller writer of extraordinary depth and originality He is often credited as the inventor of the modern political thriller and John Le Carre once described him as 'the source Background to PDF/EPUB ² on which we all draw'Ambler began his working life at an engineering firm then as a copywriter at an advertising agency.

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  • Paperback
  • 280 pages
  • Background to Danger
  • Eric Ambler
  • English
  • 10 April 2016
  • 9780375726736

10 thoughts on “Background to Danger

  1. Tom Mathews says:

    Eric Ambler is one of my favorite authors with good reason He is the uintessential thriller writer Even Ian Fleming called Ambler the inspiration for his James Bond series Background to Danger has all the thrills of an Alfred Hitchcock movie English journalist Kenton finds himself in hot water when he agrees to help a fellow European traveler smuggle some 'securities' out of Germany in the final days before World War II Before he knows it Kenton is on the run hunted by the police for murder and by a colorful assortment of characters some sinister others simply suspicious I highly recommend this book and any other Ambler book you can find There is a reason why authors like Fleming and Alan Furst imitate him

  2. Steve Greenleaf says:

    Before Graham Greene and his in his so called “entertainments before Len Deighton before Robert Ludlum before John Le Carre and before Alan Furst there was Eric Ambler Ambler is often credited as the father of the contemporary thriller Perhaps John Buchan deserves the title but Ambler is the recognized master Ambler who started writing these the 1930s sets the tone for fast paced international intrigue Many years ago I read Ambler's A Coffin for Dimitrios which I enjoyed so I was happy to find a copy of Background to Danger and plunge back into Ambler's work I was not disappointedBackground to Danger starts with an international correspondent who's lost most of his money gambling and finds himself sharing a compartment on a train with a stranger who claims to be a Jewish refugee escaping Nazi agents with some important documents I won't go into further detail as the plot moves uickly from that basic premise Ambler’s writing is fast paced and clear with enough character to draw in the reader His plot lines as you may recognize from the brief teaser I just gave you would suit perfectly for an Alfred Hitchcock movie In fact that's a good uestion whether Hitchcock ever used any of Ambler’s works for any of his movies He certainly could haveYou don't get the characterization and depth in Ambler that you do in Greene or Le Carre but you do get the fast paced intrigue at a level similar to what we find currently in Alan Furst If you're looking for a fine read of intrigue set in the volatile Europe of the 1930s you would have a hard time doing better than Ambler’s work

  3. Ann says:

    I'm am surprised I enjoyed this as much as I did It's not the typical type of story I read The mysteries I'm used to reading are far fluffy than this However the characters in Background to Danger were so intriguing and oddly enough warm that I found myself sucked into the characters as much as the mysteryI've only given this four stars because really of my own personal tastes and lack of knowledge on the countries and foreign relationships the story deals with I'm sure the book is worthy of 5 stars for anyone who knows about this era and is used to this kind of mysteryBeing the suimish person that I am I was very pleased that the book isn't very graphic Yes people get killed but happily Ambler doesn't go into much detailI also appreciated the good guybad guy somewhat blurred lines of right and wrong the story presents interesting circumstances that place our protagonists in situations where what would appear to be wrong is perhaps actually right This said the story focuses on the mystery and the messages aren't overly apparent and really just a subtext for those wishing to seek themThis is a very interesting read and I'd be than happy to read it again and partake of another Ambler adventure

  4. Paul Cornelius says:

    It is easy to see how Eric Ambler came to enjoy so much success in Hollywood His books have a cinematic uality to them He is obsessed with advancing the plot And he does so here with Background to Danger in a fashion as strong as any other book he wrote including A Coffin for Dimitrios Ambler's chapters can easily be broken into scenes and you can practically see the shot as it would appear before the camera Transitions done with flashbacks directly relate to cinema as does his transitions that amount to plot points along with easily visualized fades and dissolves Background to Danger was published a few years before A Coffin for Dimitrios And it seems to me that Ambler is working towards what he will ultimately achieve in Dimitrios That is both these novels work towards what will be the buddy movie genre in Hollywood and both are fitted out in a manner that would later be seen in the anti heroes of 70s films Go to the film version of Dimitrios and this notion is even evident with two confirmed anti heroes in the lead roles Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet as newly framed friends in the fight against corruptionThe unexpected friendship in Background to Danger comes with the relationship built up between Kenton not Ken ten and the Soviet spy Zaleshoff and his sister Tamara Ambler does so at a cost however He distorts history and current events to make the Russians friendly heroic ethical and altruistic In the process he trivialized the crimes of Stalin endorses the Moscow Show Trials and contributes to the creation of the Trotsky bogeyman Eventually Ambler came to recant of these views and his novels became far less political But in Background in the world of 1937 it's enough that Zaleshoff is anti Nazi That is what matters It must have been a shock to the filmgoing audiences then when in just a few years kindly Uncle Joe would sign up to a non aggression pact with Hitler invade eastern Poland and enable the start of World War II As with many who had succumbed to the lure of the Soviet dictator in order to fight fascism the filmgoers and writers such as Ambler would soon have their illusions shattered That is why I suppose that so many of Ambler's later books treat corruption despotism and widespread massacre as an integral part of human society everywhere

  5. Gordon Kaplan says:

    Kenton's career as a journalist depends on his facility with languages his knowledge of European politics and his uick judgment Where his judgment sometimes fails him however is in his personal life When he travels to Nuremberg to investigate a story about a top level meeting of Nazi officials he inadvertently finds himself on a train bound for Austria after a bad night of gambling Stranded with no money Kenton jumps at the chance to earn a fee helping a refugee smuggle securities across the border; yet he soon discovers that the documents he holds have far than cash value and that they could cost him his lifeDescription from the publisher – per WorldCat – slightly edited In the United States Uncommon Danger was published as Background to DangerI didn't care for Ambler's first book Too much of a parody I thought From what I have read others felt the same way This book Uncommon Danger however is much better Exciting and well written Uncommon Danger held my interest right through very last lineAt times Uncommon Danger reads like a Marvel Comic with all the escapades Kenton goes through but Ambler tells it in such a way that it all seems realisticUncommon Danger was made into a film using the US title Background to Danger released in 1943 It was directed by Raoul Walsh and starred George Raft as the protagonist renamed Joe Barton Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre Somehow I don't see George Raft in this role because I see Kenton not as hard nosed or jaded as the character George Raft typically portrayed or as he seemed to be in real life

  6. Daniel says:

    I just re read the back of this book and I do not recognize any of the plot details described If what memory I do have serves then this was one of my least favorite books amongst Ambler's repertoire the top favorite being the most excellent Coffin for Dimitrios The main issue again if I am remembering the right book was that the whole package did not come together as it does in some of Ambler's other work The different locales the over arching conspiracy the every man protagonist who ends up in a situation that goes way over his head and who has to rely on wit and courage to out do the opposition it's all here but it lacks the verve and romance that Ambler achieved elsewhere Put bluntly there were moments when I was bored and ready to read something elseThat said Ambler is well worth reading He writes about complicated conspiracies and plots pulling in governments and crime syndicates and businesses and journalists and any other occupation ripe for the picking Best of all he spins these stories 1930s when Europe and the rest of the world thought that the horrors witnessed in the Great War of two decades past were enough to deter any government from sparking another such conflict In this time the borders between countries are still semi porous and people can travel across the continent and bear witness to a wealth of cultures and ideas and enterprises The Europe that Ambler describes is bruised from warfare yet still retains an innocence that overlooks the underlying tensions that remain It's a fascinating period and Ambler wrote within it with a good eye for what people were thinking and feeling at the time

  7. David Miller says:

    The perfect book to read on a red eye late night to early morning flight from San Francisco to Washington DC As usual our hero is a normal working stiff independent of the larger forces into whose orbit he is suddenly thrust His allies and eventual friends are Soviet agents; although again as usual Ambler does not romanticize them or hide the hard edges of espionage work The villains are rich capitalists and their agents; Ambler does get off a few rants on corporations as the hidden drivers of government agendas and national goalsOur English hero is helped by another Englishman along the way; the helper delivers an electrifying speech on the realities of life in continental Europe away from England ending with how he watched the Gestapo kick an old man to death on his own front stoop It made me proud to be a member of the Anglosphere until I thought a little too much about the realities of life in England and English behavior overseasAll that being said the book still gets 4 stars due to the excellent characters the fine writing the great sense of time and space I may not be able to read any thrillers after turning the last page on the last Ambler

  8. Colin says:

    It's hard to believe that this was written over eighty years ago; as a gripping and gritty spy drama it is as fresh and pacily plotted as an contemporary work in the genre It's easy to see why Ambler was so highly regarded by the likes of Graham Greene and John Le Carre Featuring a down on his luck journalist who finds himself at the centre of a plot to destabilise an entire Eastern European economy and whose refusal to take the easy way out leads him into an ever murky and dangerous labyrinth of espionage Uncommon Danger paints a fascinating picture of the period just before the Second World War That the plot has been hatched by big business with little concern for its implications for ordinary people and that there's a very sympathetic portrayal of a Soviet spy says much for Ambler's political views at the time Uncommon Danger has a message but it also has an action packed plot and is a pacy entertaining read

  9. John says:

    There is something that really appeals to me about pre Cold War spy stories and in particular these books of Ambler's that take place in the build up to WWII There are so many shifting alliances and plays to gain control of some natural resource here oil the motivations that drive the action seem so much less a matter of black and white ideological differences and in a sense the stakes feel a bit lower That could be a bad thing but here it makes it easier for the book to be fun without the harrowing tension of somebody like Le Carre This one has a common feature in books featuring an amateur detectivespy— a main character you regularly want to slap for being so dumb— but that isn't really a flaw; it's a well written and nicely paced spy story

  10. Garry says:

    Early Ambler The signs of the later brilliance are there and the novel is full of the atmosphere of foreign intriguedarkened by the looming advance of WW II but the plot is a little overly convoluted in relation to the pay off of the revelations A must read for Ambler fans but not for those who are new to his work or for those with only a casual interest Intriguing worth looking at and thinking about as a literary precursor to post WW II film noirthe seeds for that dark view of the post war world are sown in the years leading up to the big conflict Hmmmmm

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