Lehrter Station (John Russell Series #5)

Lehrter Station (John Russell Series #5)

by David Downing
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Lehrter Station: A John Russell WWII Thriller 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Five months after the fall of Berlin, this chronicle of the adventures of John Russell, the Anglo-American journalist, and his paramour, Efffi Koene, the actress, continues. Four previous “Station” novels carried them through the pre-war years in Berlin to Russell’s escape to England. Now, his former Russian spymaster sort of blackmails him into returning to Berlin as a spy for both the Reds and the Americans. To sugarcoat the request, Effi is offered a starring role in a soon-to-be-made motion picture. The couple return to a devastated city, where the only rate of exchange seems to be cigarettes and sex. No food, housing or other essentials, but a thriving black market. The story continues with the history of the immediate post-war, including the beginnings of the Cold War and the plight of surviving Jews, with the British reluctance to allow emigration to Palestine and the Zionists’ attempt to get around the roadblocks. The series is more than just run-of-the-mill espionage stories, but a reflection of the time and people in an era of mass murder and terrible war and its aftermath. The descriptions of the rubble that was Berlin after the Allied bombings and the Russian rape (it is said that there were as many as 80,000) is terrifying. And the depiction of the duplicity of the U.S. and Soviet intelligence agencies is despicable, especially when they overlooked Nazi backgrounds when they served a purpose. Presumably, there is room for a new effort in the series, and we look forward to it. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good addition to intriguing series about coping and survival in Germany during the Third Reich and the War. Good development of characters and exciting plotting makes for quick, fast -paced read that satisfies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just like the series
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drh108 More than 1 year ago
Excellent series with characters who woo you and pull you from page to page. I'm really happy I stumbled across David Downing's well paced novels.
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Wish i could help *kicks a pebble*
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