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Author: Eric Ambler
ISBN13: 978-0375726743
Title: Cause for Alarm
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Language: English
Category: Thrillers and Suspense
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; First Edition Thus edition (February 5, 2002)
Pages: 304

Cause for Alarm by Eric Ambler

Eric Ambler CAUSE FOR ALARM. Eric Ambler was born in London in 1909. Before turning to writing full-time, he worked at an engineering firm, and wrote copy for an advertising agency. His first novel was published in 1936. In addition to his novels, Ambler wrote a number of screenplays, including.

Eric Ambler is a master of his craft’ Sunday Telegraph ‘If you want to experience the feel of the Continent in the 1930s, you will find few better guides. This is a cracking, though quite low key, classic espionage thriller, written by one of the acknowledged masters of the form, Eric Ambler in 1938. History is turning back to the concerns of Cause for Alarm too, which is set largely in Fascist Italy in the outer regions of the arms trade. The shadow of war hangs over the story, though it fails to make too much impact on Ambler’s typically unperturbed protagonist, Nicholas Marlow. A trade slump and the yes his now-fiancée, Claire, just delivered drive Marlow – a naturally conservative engineer – to take a job in the Italian office of the Spartacus Machine Tool Company.

Cause for Alarm" is a novel by Eric Ambler first published in 1938. Set in Italy in the same year, the book is one of Ambler's classic spy thrillers. For a person who isn't a big fan of spy thrillers, classic or otherwise, I sure end up reading a lot of them. I looked up Eric Ambler and found that he was a British author of spy novels who used the pseudonym Eliot Reed for books co-written with Charles Rodda

Cause For Alarm by Eric Ambler is a classic spy thriller that is set in Fascist Italy in 1938. A tale of espionage and counter-espionage, this was an enjoyable read about the political situation that. I'm told Eric Ambler invented the "normal guy caught up in suspense" story, and that pretty much sums this up. A little slow getting started, but after that a mounting curve of mystery and suspense snowballing to a satisfying conclusion.

There is a 1951 noir film titled Cause For Alarm, but it is nothing to do with the Ambler novel. Ambler’s obituary in the Independent. Eric Ambler’s novels. The Dark Frontier (1936) British scientist gets caught up in a revolution in an East European country while trying to find and destroy the secret of the first atomic bomb. Cause for Alarm (1938) Engineer Nick Marlow is hired to run the Milan office of a British engineering company which is supplying the Italian government with munitions equipment, only to be plunged into a world of espionage, counter-espionage, and then forced to go on the run from the sinister Italian Gestapo, aided by Zaleshoff, the KGB agent from Danger.

Cause for Alarm is a novel by Eric Ambler first published in 1938. Set in Fascist Italy in that year, the book is one of Ambler's classic spy thrillers. Nicholas Marlow, an English engineer engaged to a young doctor, one day, out of the blue, loses his well-paid job. After several months of sheer desperation, he responds to an advert by an English engineering company, the Spartacus Machine Tool Company of Wolverhamption. He is offered the post of the firm's representative in Italy.

Eric Ambler wrote the book in the late 1930’s and clearly saw the danger in both the Nazi government of Germany and the rise of Fascism in Italy. Unlike the thrillers of today, I found that the story developed quite slowly. Nick Marlow finds himself out of work and accepts a job with an engineering company to run their Milan office unaware that he will soon be involved in cloak and dagger intrigue. I found Cause For Alarm to be a well-written, subtle yet intelligent story. The author’s straight forward narration gives just enough color to the story for the reader to see the desperation and confusion of the amateur caught up in an impossible situation. The author’s leftist leanings are obvious with his sympathetic take on a couple of Russian spies, but of course, this book was written before Germany and Russia signed their Non-Aggression Pact. An interesting look at Europe on the brink of war. ( )

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Nicky Marlow needs a job. He’s engaged to be married and the employment market is pretty slim in Britain in 1937. So when his fiancé points out the Spartacus Machine Tool notice, he jumps at the chance. After all, he speaks Italian and he figures he’ll be able to endure Milan for a year, long enough to save some money. Soon after he arrives, however, he learns the sinister truth of his predecessor’s death and finds himself courted by two agents with dangerously different agendas. In the process, Marlow realizes it’s not so simple to just do the job he’s paid to do in fascist Italy on the eve of a world war.
Reviews: 7
Although Ambler is a skillful writer, this book is very dated. Set in the late 1930s, it posits Italy as unsure of whether it would ally with Germany or the Anglo-French alliance. The protagonist is sent from a firm in England to manage its corrupt Italian office, where he discovers the corruption, gets by through English pluck and solid virtues, good luck, and the help of a mysterious American. The pace is slow, the characters are well developed but naive in hindsight, and the enemies are bumblers. The good things done by the hero are of global strategic importance according to the story, but are hardly believable or realistic in view of what we know now about Hitler and Mussolini.
I enjoyed the first part of this book, wherein the protagonist Marlow gets involved -- reluctantly -- in intrigue in pre-war Italy. There was definite, palpable suspense as Marlow begins to attract the attention of a bunch of characters who may or may not be good guys in the Europe that is slowly drifting toward horrendous war. But at one point, a long and very improbable escape/chase scene takes place which, for me, destroyed the flow and rhythm of the book. It's as if the author wanted to eat up a lot of pages just so he could get to where he could wrap things up. Without that chase/escape scene, the book could have been a third shorter, and probably would have been a better book. I've read two other Ambler books and despite proper respect for his contribution to the genre, I don't think I'll read any others. Give me Furst, Deighton or other modern day espionage writers.
I've been working my way through this series of espionage books and have enjoyed them. In this one, however, Ambler's "innocent bystander," an engineer named Marlow, is clueless about everything. And I mean everything. Perhaps this was meant to symbolize English attitudes in the years before WWII. Or perhaps it reflects Ambler's view of engineers generally. Or perhaps it was an attempt to paint the armament industry as heedless of political influences. In any event, the growing war threat doesn't seem to have reached him, something made even more puzzling by the fact that he takes a position with an armaments company's Italian office. Marlow's persona is drawn in sharp contrast to other characters, who are dedicated to causes and full of initiative. Poor Marlow is manipulated and becomes dependent on the skill of a Soviet agent.

It's worth a read but lacks the appeal of others in the series.
Not Ambler's best although it was enlightening to read about pre-war Fascist Italy, The story went well until about the final part when I got the feeling that the plot was stretched to make it longer or more exciting, Oh well, they can't all be great.
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This was a good story best at the beginning. The adventure crossing the mountains was a bit long but the writing was good. I enjuyed it less than A Coffin for Demetrius which i really liked.
The book Cause for Alarm by Eric Ambler arrived on time in good condition and on time.
The book is OK if you like reading spy books. It the type of book you read and throw away.
Classic 'Film Noir' feel. You can see why Eric Ambler would be the inspiration for Allan Furst. His use of the unlikely hero is always entertaining.
A very well written and interesting story of pre world war II spying in Europe written by a master of the spy story.