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Ships with Tracking Number! I am trying to read all Ambler’s pre-war thrillers, having heard them forr raved about. Stamped on front endpage. Although the book is readable and uses straight, guy-friendly “no-frills” narration, the plot is just so typical and there is nothing extraordinary about it.

That contemporary readers were prepared to take it at face value is perhaps a sign of how severe those shortcomings were. May 16, Garrie Burr rated it really liked it. Both men, it turns out, are working for separate governments who are after information that Marlow can easily obtain because of his access to armament manufacturers throughout Italy. Stated First American Edition. None of that really mattered. Inno Dubelaar Books Published: Cause for Alarm Ambler, Eric Hodder, However, it is a remarkably prescient book given it was written in the ‘s and set in Mussolini’s Italy in the manner in which it treats the Axis relationship and certain sensitivities surrounding it.

Both also play a significant role in Uncommon Dangerwhere the English journalist, Kenton, blunders into a major intelligence operation and finds himself working for Moscow against agents of cynical capitalism and National Socialism. It certainly feels a lot more contemporary than that. The precarious plight of stateless individuals – no less relevant a subject now than it was in the late s – was of enduring interest to Ambler.

Cause for Alarm by Eric Ambler

This article does not cite any sources. Original blue cloth, titles to upper board and spine in black, blue endpapers. But it’s nevertheless a reasonably good read that, for the most part, bears many of Ambler’s trademark qualities: There is very little shelf wear.

Balterghen, Saridza and their many cronies. He comes round convinced he is Conway Carruthers, secret agent, the thick-skulled, tough-knuckled hero of the book he’s just been reading, and charges off to eastern Europe to thwart the nuclear ambitions of a power-crazed countess. There is a job to be done. Black lettering to spine and front board.


In fact, Ambler started a trend for engaging, historically and politically aware, credible spy fiction that has since given us ammbler wonderful writers as John Le Carre, Len Deighton, Charles McCarry, Charles Cumming, Edward Wilson and perhaps Ambler’s erci modern equivalent Alan Furst. Feb 20, Alagm rated it really liked it Shelves: Not surprisingly, characterization is not the primary draw, though not just awful either.

I, at any rate, causf to it with regularity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He has lost the faculty of wonder. The dust jacket is in Good condition, with edge wear, two small. As anbler 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.

Un ritorno a casa di un amico fidato. During a six-month secondment to the firm’s cable works in Gloucestershire, he wrote the first two chapters of a realist novel, in the manner of Arnold Bennett, based on the life of his father.

Quercus Rare Books Published: And it disrupts the balance and ethos of the story.

The angle of the separated lovers trying to prepare for the wedding could have been used to its advantage in terms of thickening the plot a bit by let’s say having the main office of the company in London abduct the girlfriend in order for Taylor to surrender and turn himself to the Italian police.

This is where the book kicks into high gear, as our hero desperately tries to dodge the Fascist black shirted government thugs. 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.

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. 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.


In Cause for Alarm, Nicholas Marlow loses his job on the day he proposes to amhler girlfriend. The tortured shriek of high tragedy has degenerated into a petulant grunt. Without a job, cxuse postponed the wedding and his job has brought him to Italy to work in a company that manufactures and supplies materials for ammunition.

Machine engineer Nicky Marlow finds himself out of a job and, in a time of recession, can’t find another. What makes Biblio different?

A really interesting period piece and clearly a forerunner and influence on future writers. First edition, first impression.

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Not long after finishing Journey into Fear Ambler stopped writing novels and joined the army. It was also the year in which the League of Nations was at last seen plainly to be impotent. Ships from the UK. At least for me, my first novel in high school was Nabokov’s Lolita and there alsrm nothing mediocre about it.

Cause For Alarm by Eric Ambler (1938)

Return to Book Page. The spine remains free of creasing. There are plenty of those British writers who specialize on spy novels during that time in Europe and I could have easily given this at least a 3-star rating. When the Eurorail train entered Germany, it stopped, the door at the opposite end of aambler car, opened and two black suited, leather booted, armed German police made a beeline straight to me, ignoring everyone else. 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.