Zoo Station (John Russell Series #1)

Zoo Station (John Russell Series #1)

by David Downing
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Zoo Station 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Leeds-Loiner More than 1 year ago
Iam totally hooked on this whole series, this is the first one and I found it fascinating, how a civilised people can be can be caught up and some taken in by an evil regime.the book is utterly gripping
Lynn Richardson More than 1 year ago
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.
jbc85 More than 1 year ago
This is a good book, moves along at a good pace, has enough grounding in history to be believable. Thoroughly enjoyed it, will have to look for more books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the whole book expecting something to happen; nothing ever did. Even Russell's smuggling things past the Nazis - which one would expect to be frightening, if not exciting, is dull.
jhmJM More than 1 year ago
If you like Alan Furst, you'll love David Downing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so blah I had forgotten i read it and reread it. John Russell is interesting but the story was not. I may try one more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is about the build up to WWII and what it was like for the people in Germany. It suggests and leaves you to think about what it was like. I loved it. I have traveled to Berlin and London so it was easy to picture events and relate. If you like history and wish to never forget the atrocities of Hitler, read and experience the time through these characters.
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drh108 More than 1 year ago
Well written. Plausible plot. Page turner. Has you reaching for next in series.
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Great for Mystery lovers.
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Book_LadyDB More than 1 year ago
Was a very good story of what was happening at the time. I hope to read #2 soon.
OtterJebavy More than 1 year ago
This novel held my attention as if it were a biography of John Russell. The conversations were believable, the descriptions of locations made me feel as if I could see them, and the emotions ascribed especially to John Russell made me empathetic to his character. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in stories about WWII and/or Germany as Hitler took power. I didn't know it was part of a series; I will look for other books that follow.
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