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Typical of Ambler, this book has engaging and memorable characters and a vivid setting, and the pacing carries us along quickly — at times, pulse-poundingly. Soon after he arrives, amblee, he learns the sinister truth about hi. While Kenton becomes a spy by mistake, Vadassy is mistaken for a spy. Eruc for Ambler, the experience may or may not have given him a taste for concocting plausible fictions with a pseudo-technical bent, but it certainly showed he had a talent for it.

It would be unfair to reveal too much of the plot. But some of those who were outraged by his treachery must have been among those who left the Communist party of Great Britain in droves five amblrr later, after the Soviet tanks rolled into Hungary.

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Sign In Register Help Cart. After several months of sheer desperation, he responds to an advert by an English engineering company, the Spartacus Machine Tool Company of Wolverhamption. In part one we meet Nick Marlow, a young engineer ,who in has lost his job and having just become engaged he takes a job in Milan for a company that manufactures shells in a very volatile Italy.

The part that lost my interest was when Marlow ends up accused of bribery by the Italian state and has to escape the country while being hunted down by the police.

The scene in the train while Nick and his American friend Zaleshoff who I thought should have been given vause American name like Smith or Brown so it would not be confusing are fleeing Italy on their way to Yugoslavian border is supposed to be the climax but I did not feel scared for them.


The first two thirds of the book build up the suspense as Marlow gets tangled in the web of deception and corruption of German and Soviet spies and the Fascist Italian secret police.

The probable Soviet spy Zaleshoff, is fir a much easier ride but his motives are always questioned. Erif anyone who’s seen Carol Reed’s movie or read Greene’s novellathe discovery that Latimer makes in Paris halfway through The Mask of Dimitrios is about as surprising as the guilt of the butler in Colonel Haki’s idea for a novel.

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Machine engineer Nicky Marlow finds himself out of a job and, in a time of recession, can’t find another. When he makes friends with Andreas Zaleshoff, an American businessman of Russian descent whose office is in the same building, he learns from the latter that Bellinetti is an agent for the OVRA and watching each and every step Marlow takes, and that his predecessor’s accident—he was run over by a car in a dark and foggy street of Milan—was in fact cold-blooded politically xmbler murder.

Nella foto un giovane James Mason. Used book in very good condition. It is an altogether more complex and treacherous world than Marlow had imagined and he — and the reader — are hopelessly out of their depths.

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He is approached by two different men who offer to help him gain business for his employer, Spartacus Machine Tool — manufacturer of equipment used to make armaments. Rebound in contemporary green buckram. Aug 24, Mary Frances rated it liked it Shelves: No inscriptions, no foxing or browning. Nicky Marlow needs a job. Passage of Arms was the last of Ambler’s books about a naive, good-hearted man getting out of his depth by doing the wrong thing with good intentions.

Able to speak some Italian, Marlow gladly accepts, secretly deciding that he will quit the job again as soon as possible to go back to England and get married.

The jacket is a bit sunned and torn but has suffered minimal paper loss. As soon as I started reading this I recognized it, and recalled thoroughly enjoying it; I must have read it many years ago, because I never knew what was coming next but found each scene familiar as I lived through it again.


It climaxes in the strange encounter with the deranged mathematician Beronelli in a mountain cottage blocked in with snow. An early spy novel of British author Ambler, set in Mussolini’s Italy. Spy thriller set in Fascist Italy, first published in in Great Britain. His work has amhler air of realism about it that seems to me to be missing from the more gung-ho stories of his predecessors such as Sapper, John Buchan and Dornford Yates. Better World Books Condition: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Binding itself is still relatively tight, book in great condition. He starts wishing that they would have just let him kill this “Englishman” easily and quickly. Mar 14, John rated it liked it.

But there is still akarm minor booby-trap in the repertoire which, I suspect, never fails to provoke a belly-laugh on Olympus. Articles lacking sources from December All articles lacking sources. Eric Ambler was a great writer of spy thrillers, and a great writer, period.

Turns out Marlow studied engineering using the textbook written by this famous mathematician but when Beronelli denounced Fascist intimidation and bullying he was thrown out of the university, banned from teaching anywhere, and ended up having a nervous breakdown. Mar 09, Arukiyomi rated it it was ok Shelves: Learn how your comment data is processed. Knopf books Novels set in Italy in fiction. Those were the things that I was trying, in my own fictional terms, to write aparm.

Book Lovers Warehouse Published: Inno Dubelaar Books Published: While he’s good at pace and tension, fro you don’t care about the people involved and can’t visualise the settings very well, it won’t work.