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By 1939, Anglo-American journalist John Russell has spent fifteen years in Berlin, where his German-born son lives. He writes human-interest pieces for British and American papers, avoiding the investigative journalism that could get him deported. But as war approaches, he faces the prospect of having to leave his son and his longtime girlfriend.

Then, an acquaintance from his communist days approaches him to do some work for the Soviets. Russell is reluctant but ultimately unable to resist. He becomes involved in other dangerous activities, helping a Jewish family and an idealistic American reporter. When the British and the Nazis notice his involvement with the Soviets, Russell is dragged into the world of warring intelligence services.

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"Set in pre-WWII Berlin, Downing's fine new thriller introduces a clever and honorable hero, British journalist John Russell, who has spent 15 years working in Germany. Despite finding the Nazis despicable and war inevitable, Russell wants to remain in Germany to be near his girlfriend, beautiful actress Effi Koenen, and his son, Paul, from whose mother he's divorced. A mysterious Russian hires Russell to write a series of articles praising Nazi achievements, and though he finds this work odious, he figures out a way to make the job palatable by involving the British consulate and their chief intelligence officer. He's drawn increasingly deeper into the espionage web of not only the Russians and British but also the Germans. How he extricates himself from all three and gets revenge on the Nazis will have readers holding their breath. Fortunately, the satisfying ending suggests Downing (The Moscow Option) will bring Russell back in a sequel." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"[A] quiet but suspenseful tale of an ordinary man living in a dangerous place during a dangerous time who finds within himself the strength to do heroic acts." Booklist

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"Smooth, scary wartime thriller drenched in period atmosphere." Kirkus Reviews

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"Zoo Station is a beautifully crafted and compelling thriller with a heart-stopping ending as John Russell learns the personal faces of good and evil. An unforgettable read." Charles Todd, author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge series

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Shadowed by Nazi Germany, a British journalist walks a perilous line between warring intelligence services.

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“The clever denouement will have readers clamoring for a sequel.”—BookPage

Zoo Station is a beautifully crafted and compelling thriller with a heart-stopping ending as John Russell learns the personal faces of good and evil. An unforgettable read.”—Charles Todd, author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge Series

“A finely drawn portrait of the capital of a nation marching in step toward disaster.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“[A] smooth, scary wartime thriller drenched in period atmosphere.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[A] suspenseful tale of an ordinary man living in a dangerous place during a dangerous time who finds within himself the strength to do heroic acts.”—Booklist

“If you like your tales spiced with morally ambiguous characters right out of Graham Greene, this is a train you need to be aboard. . . . A marvelous return to cerebral espionage.”—January Magazine

By 1939, Anglo-American journalist John Russell has spent fifteen years in Berlin, where his German-born son lives. He writes human-interest pieces for British and American papers, avoiding the investigative journalism that could get him deported. But as war approaches, he faces the prospect of having to leave his son and his longtime girlfriend.

Then, an acquaintance from his communist days approaches him to do some work for the Soviets. Russell is reluctant but ultimately unable to resist. He becomes involved in other dangerous activities, helping a Jewish family and an idealistic American reporter. When the British and the Nazis notice his involvement with the Soviets, Russell is dragged into the world of warring intelligence services.

About the Author

David Downing grew up in suburban London. He's the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction for both adults and children, including Zoo Station, the first book featuring John Russell. He lives with his wife, an American acupuncturist, in Guildford, England.

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gary.cannon, May 9, 2013 (view all comments by gary.cannon)
Like Alan Durst? Then, you have to give David Downing a read! A fast-paced, atmospheric look into 1939 Berlin during the countdown to WWII. Anglo-American John Russell isn't looking to be a spy or smuggle Jews out of Germany, but his personal and journalistic connections lead him into schemes involving Soviet communists, English spy-masters and even the Nazi Gestapo, who inadvertently assist with his espionage capers.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781569474952
Author:
Downing, David
Publisher:
Soho Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
A John Russell WWII Spy Thriller
Publication Date:
20080501
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6.02 x .82 in .75 lb

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Product details 304 pages Soho Press - English 9781569474952 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in pre-WWII Berlin, Downing's fine new thriller introduces a clever and honorable hero, British journalist John Russell, who has spent 15 years working in Germany. Despite finding the Nazis despicable and war inevitable, Russell wants to remain in Germany to be near his girlfriend, beautiful actress Effi Koenen, and his son, Paul, from whose mother he's divorced. A mysterious Russian hires Russell to write a series of articles praising Nazi achievements, and though he finds this work odious, he figures out a way to make the job palatable by involving the British consulate and their chief intelligence officer. He's drawn increasingly deeper into the espionage web of not only the Russians and British but also the Germans. How he extricates himself from all three and gets revenge on the Nazis will have readers holding their breath. Fortunately, the satisfying ending suggests Downing (The Moscow Option) will bring Russell back in a sequel." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] quiet but suspenseful tale of an ordinary man living in a dangerous place during a dangerous time who finds within himself the strength to do heroic acts."
"Review" by , "Smooth, scary wartime thriller drenched in period atmosphere."
"Review" by , "Zoo Station is a beautifully crafted and compelling thriller with a heart-stopping ending as John Russell learns the personal faces of good and evil. An unforgettable read."
"Synopsis" by ,
Shadowed by Nazi Germany, a British journalist walks a perilous line between warring intelligence services.

"Synopsis" by , “The clever denouement will have readers clamoring for a sequel.”—BookPage

Zoo Station is a beautifully crafted and compelling thriller with a heart-stopping ending as John Russell learns the personal faces of good and evil. An unforgettable read.”—Charles Todd, author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge Series

“A finely drawn portrait of the capital of a nation marching in step toward disaster.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“[A] smooth, scary wartime thriller drenched in period atmosphere.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[A] suspenseful tale of an ordinary man living in a dangerous place during a dangerous time who finds within himself the strength to do heroic acts.”—Booklist

“If you like your tales spiced with morally ambiguous characters right out of Graham Greene, this is a train you need to be aboard. . . . A marvelous return to cerebral espionage.”—January Magazine

By 1939, Anglo-American journalist John Russell has spent fifteen years in Berlin, where his German-born son lives. He writes human-interest pieces for British and American papers, avoiding the investigative journalism that could get him deported. But as war approaches, he faces the prospect of having to leave his son and his longtime girlfriend.

Then, an acquaintance from his communist days approaches him to do some work for the Soviets. Russell is reluctant but ultimately unable to resist. He becomes involved in other dangerous activities, helping a Jewish family and an idealistic American reporter. When the British and the Nazis notice his involvement with the Soviets, Russell is dragged into the world of warring intelligence services.

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