Silesian Station (John Russell Series #2)

Silesian Station (John Russell Series #2)

by David Downing

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“Grade: A. . . . Downing’s mingling of history and thrills makes this a must read.”—Rocky Mountain News

“Russell is a canny and likable protagonist.”—BookPage

“Wry, secretive and clever. . . . Russell is good company in this intelligent thriller.”—Hadassah Magazine

“Twists and turns aplenty make this espionage novel a superb read full of tension and suspense. . . . An amazing piece of fiction which I hope is part of a much larger series.”—Crimespree Magazine

Summer, 1939. British journalist John Russell has just been granted American citizenship in exchange for agreeing to work for American intelligence when his girlfriend Effi is arrested by the Gestapo. Russell hoped his new nationality would let him safely stay in Berlin with Effi and his son, but now he’s being blackmailed. To free Effi, he must agree to work for the Nazis. They know he has Soviet connections and want him to pass on false intelligence. Russell consents but secretly offers his services to the Soviets instead.

It’s a good plan, but soon things become complicated. A Jewish girl has vanished, and Russell feels compelled to search for her. A woman from his past, a Communist, reappears, insisting he help her reconnect with the Soviets. Meanwhile, Europe lurches toward war, and he must follow the latest stories—to places where American intelligence assignments await him.

David Downing is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction for both adults and children, including Zoo Station, the first novel featuring John Russell. He lives in Guildford, England.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781569475737
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Series: John Russell Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 173,609
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Downing grew up in suburban London. He is the author of the Jack McColl novels, Jack of Spies, One Man’s Flag, Lenin's Roller Coaster, and The Dark Clouds Shining; the thriller The Red Eagles; and six books in the John Russell espionage series, set in WWII Berlin: Zoo Station, Silesian Station, Stettin Station, Potsdam Station, Lehrter Station, and Masaryk Station. He lives with his wife, an American acupuncturist, in Guildford, England.

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Silesian Station (John Russell Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1939, British journalist John Russell hopes to remain in Berlin if war breaks out between his homeland and the Nazis. However, the Gestapo arrests his girlfriend, actress Effi Koenen, accusing her of spying. They use her as a pawn to get Russell to work for them passing misinformation to the Russians. He already has a deal with the Americans to spy for them in exchange for a passport and offers a deal with the Soviet if they help him flee the Nazis if he needs to escape suddenly. --- While he is wheeling and dealing, the parents of Jewish Miriam Rosenfeld worry about the safety of their daughter in Silesia. They send her to live with her Uncle Thomas in Berlin where many more Jews reside safety in numbers being their theory. When she fails to arrive, Thomas visits his former brother-in-law, Russell asking him to find her as the police refuse to look for a Jew. John agrees. --- Though well written and exciting, SILESIAN STATION is more a historical tale rather than a suspense thriller. The espionage segues serve more to bring out life in Nazi Germany¿s police state whereas the search for Miriam is the exhilarating suspenseful subplot. Fans will enjoy the return of Russell (see ZOO STATION) as he navigates life as a journalist covering the Third Reich. --- Harriet Klausner
drh108 More than 1 year ago
Nice continuation of the series. Downing puts you in the time and place and holds your attention.
OtterJebavy More than 1 year ago
This series is a favorite of mine...sympathetic character, believable story well tied to real events, and it moves along at a pace that holds my interest.
JRexV on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Powerful story of an English-American journalist/father/spy in 1939 Berlin as Hitler drags Germany into another world war.
Smiler69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second book in the John Russell series begins a few months after the first instalment, in the summer of 1939. Russell has just secured an American citizenship to ensure that he can stay in Germany and close to his son if the war erupts, when his girlfriend Effi is arrested and imprisoned by the Gestapo. The only way to have her released and ensure that she isn't thrown into a concentration camp is if John accepts to work for the Nazi regime. Meanwhile, a young Jewish girl on her way to Berlin from a small Silesian village has gone missing, and Russell's friend asks him to help him find her, since the police aren't willing to do anything. I didn't feel this story was quite as well put together as the first novel, which seemed to have better pacing and focus. But once the plot to rescue the young girl is put into motion, with Effi's newfound talents as a master of disguise put to good use, things became much more interesting. I've already secured the next in series, so obviously thought this one was pretty good. This series should definitely be read in order, though the author has filled in enough details to allow one to pick up this book without feeling lost.
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