It is 1940, and Mr Graham, a quietly-spoken engineer and arms expert, has just finished high-level talks with the Turkish government. And now somebody wants him dead.
The previous night, three shots were fired at him as he stepped into his hotel room, so, terrified, he escapes in secret on a passenger steamer from Istanbul. As he journeys home - alongside, among others, an entrancing French dancer, an unkempt trader, a mysterious German doctor, and a small, brutal man in a crumpled suit - he enters a nightmarish world where friend and foe are indistinguishable. Graham can try to run, but he may not be able to hide for much longer....
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A classic that continues to please.
Absolutely. On the basis of the audio alone, the narrator was excellent, one of the best I've heard. His characterizations were so solid and distinct that sometimes I imagined I was listening to an ensemble instead of one very talented actor.
Beginning in Turkey amid the turmoil of early WWII, the book wonderfully evokes regional tensions in exotic locales filled with mysterious characters. Think "Casablanca" on a boat.
"Casablanca on a boat."
A 1940 spy thriller from one of the inventors of the genre, Eric Ambler’s “Journey Into Fear” evokes regional tensions in the early days of WWII and focuses them on one person, a British engineer working in Turkey whom Germany wants dead. Mysterious characters, constant suspense, and an exhilarating ending make this classic well worth revisiting.
- Leon Miller