When I first read this as a young ‘un I was barely aware of who Michelangelo was and what he did. This book, although fiction, gave me much reason to be awed by the great Italian painter and sculptor. The passages where I. Stone describes Michelangelo working on the The Pieta or The David are moving and inspiring. Maybe Irving Stone indulges in melodrama – but a big life deserves a big story.
From Alan Furst, the bestselling author who is often praised as the best spy novelist ever, comes a novel that's truly hard to put down. Mission to Paris includes beautifully drawn scenes of romance and intimacy, and the story is alive with extraordinary characters, including American actor Frederic Stal, traveling to Paris on a secret mission. But always at the center of the novel is the city itself, the heart and soul of Europe—its alleys and bistros, hotels grand and anonymous, and the Parisians, living every night as though it was their last. As always, Alan Furst brings to life both a dark time in history and the passion of the human hearts that fought to survive it.