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Zoo Station (John Russell Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

17 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Fantastic reading experience

In 1939 Berlin, Englishman John Russell earns a meager living as a reporter in Germany where he has lived for a decade and half. Although he fears what is going on inside his adopted country, John does not want to leave because he loves his young son Paul and the lad¿s...
In 1939 Berlin, Englishman John Russell earns a meager living as a reporter in Germany where he has lived for a decade and half. Although he fears what is going on inside his adopted country, John does not want to leave because he loves his young son Paul and the lad¿s mother his girlfriend Effi Koenen and wants to remain with them.----------------- A Soviet operative hires Russell to write several articles to be published in Pravda lauding the Nazi accomplishments, but ignoring their atrocities in order to sell the nonaggression pact to the people. Although he detests extolling the virtues of this criminal regime, John accepts the assignment that will pay a lot. He agrees not because of the money, but he thinks he can help his home country with information. However, the British no longer trust John and the Nazis watch his every move threatening his two loves ones.------------------ As in Russell¿s previous appearance (see SILESIAN STATION), he is an everyday guy caught up in world events thus once again even with plenty of suspense and intrigue, ZOO STATION is more a historical tale than a Nazi Era espionage thriller. David Downing writes how everyman finds the inner vigor and intensity to become a superhero when the motive, opportunity and means enable the person to step up to the plate. In harrowing times, John swings the bat.------------- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

A Dull Diary

Eighty percent of this story consisted of descriptions of walking or traveling from one place to another with eating in between. Other than Russell, the characters could have been better developed. It was difficult to empathize with the main character and a potentia...
Eighty percent of this story consisted of descriptions of walking or traveling from one place to another with eating in between. Other than Russell, the characters could have been better developed. It was difficult to empathize with the main character and a potentially suspenceful situation just plodded along. Disappointing read.

posted by 9381057 on May 7, 2011

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    A Dull Diary

    Eighty percent of this story consisted of descriptions of walking or traveling from one place to another with eating in between. Other than Russell, the characters could have been better developed. It was difficult to empathize with the main character and a potentially suspenceful situation just plodded along. Disappointing read.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 10, 2012

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    1 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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