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  1. says:

    Masaryk Sta­tion by David Down­ing is the last novel in the John Rus­sell series The story takes place in the chaotic time in 1948 Berlin when the city was divided in the post war eraJohn Rus­sell is an Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist liv­ing in Berlin for a long time Even though he was linked to the Com­mu­nist Party he is involved in spy­ing for the Amer­i­cans and the Rus­sians try­ing to keep his

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    This is the last in the Station series and I'm already thinking that I've been a bit harsh in only giving it three stars but I'm sticking to it for a number of small reasons that I shall explain laterIn Lehrter Station David Downing painted a superb picture of post War Berlin; a grubby world of mixed morals the fit child

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    Russell wondered how much easier his life would have been if he'd just done as he was told Why hadn't he? What h

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    A superb end to a simply wonderful series A marvellous end to the book Happiness tinged with sadness Tragedy and hope It didn’t really feel like a ‘goodbye’ An au revoir hopefully Though that’s probably me wishing it rather than it actually being so And yes he saved the best for the last twoAs the book begins it is three years since t

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    This is number 5 in Downing's 'John Russell and Effi Koenen series'and for fans of the first 4 it won't disappoint The series tracks the adventures of a British American journalist and expat living in Berlin and his German actress

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    I am so sorry to see this series end but in the process I have been impressed with David Downing's ability to create a continuing cast of characters who survived the Nazis and the Soviets not to mention the Americans as Berlin moved through WWII and emerged into the beginning of the Cold WarI wasn't certain this would be the last

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    Berlin Prague and Belgrade are not a lot of fun to live in after WWII John Russell double agent working for the Soviets and the Americans spends most of his time trying to figure out how to accomplish his missions for both of them and extricate himself from working for either of them He just wants to keep his wife and his daughter safeI have not read the earlier books in this series and I do think that would

  8. says:

    Those of you that follow me know I have read every book in the John Russel series I started to think after the last installment Lehrtet Station that Mr Downing was running out of plots for Russel This book was very good from the history standpoint again which is what drew me to this series in the first place But

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    The sixth and final volume in the John Russell series all named after German train stations This last volume puts the hero in Berlin a couple of years after the war and just before the Berlin airlift I liked this series for bringing up lesser known parts of history in Eastern Europe Once again Russell is caught between his Russian a

  10. says:

    The last of this 'Station' series by David Downing As enjoyable and informative as the preceding 5 stories His writing style always appeals to me I look forward to reading something else by Downing in the future

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’s German inhabitants live in fear of the Soviet forces who occupy half the city and whose legacy of violence has ripped apart many families John Russell works for both Stalin's NKVD and the newly created CIA trying his best to cut himself loose from both before his double agency is discovered by either As tensions between the great powers esca. This is number 5 in Downing s John Russell and Effi Koenen series and for fans of the first 4 it won t disappoint The series tracks the adventures of a British American journalist and expat living in Berlin and his German actress girlfriend from their pre war days in Nazi Germany through the war years and finally to this book which takes place in 1948 and which is billed as the final installment of the series though to be honest I m not convinced Downing doesn t still have another one up his sleeve The premise of this book as well as the other 4 is engaging Initially stuck in Germany because his ex wife and son are there as well as his current girlfriend Russell ends up being recruited by the Americans and the Russians to spy for their respective countries using his journalist credentials as a cover Each thinks he s a double agent on their side and during the war the Germans recruit him as well assuming he ll do their bidding above the others How Russell manages to juggle all his masters yet stay relatively true to his moral center keeps the reader interestedAlong with the well paced plots and engaging lead characters Downing s background descriptions of life in Berlin as well as a few other European cities before during and after the war are a major portion of the hold these books have on the reader The details and descriptions are skillfully written and help bring the story to life as well as cause the book s atmospherics to linger in the reader s memory even after the story is doneThis time Russell and Koenen are trying to survive in the American sector of the divided city while being unwillingly drawn into Russian intrigues Russell realizes the only way to put his clandestine past behind him and be truly free is to find some information so dangerous to the Russians cause that they ll leave him alone for fear of its revelation How Russell manages this and makes it work is a fine way to wrap up the series although this reader would still like some

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Late each passing day makes Russell’s position treacherous He and his Soviet liaison Shchepkin seek out one final operation one piece of intelligence so damning it could silence the wrath of one nation and solicit the protection of the other It will be the most dangerous task Russell has ever taken on but one way or the other it will be his last. Those of you that follow me know I have read every book in the John Russel series I started to think after the last installment Lehrtet Station that Mr Downing was running out of plots for Russel This book was very good from the history standpoint again which is what drew me to this series in the first place But that being said this should be the end I would think Also I must say that my impressions of neutrality politically was different this time and it was starting to bother me I feel that Downing was trying to hard sell me on the vertues of pure Socializem in the Lenin style I m not sold that it was such a great system Also I didn t agree with the depiction of the Americans as a bunch of Buffons in Berlin post war I still give it 4 stars for Effi and John great characters and I will miss them Mensa Riddles Conundrums out Julie of the Wolves one final The Right Swipe operation Touched one piece Dark Prophet The Chronicles of Koa of intelligence so damning it could silence the wrath Ugly Fish of The Math of Life and Death 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives one nation and solicit the protection Little Gods of the Der Schweizerische Robinson other It will be the most dangerous task Russell has ever taken Ensorcelled The Erotic Adventures of Jane in the Jungle Book 9 on but The Poems The Collected Works of W B Yeats one way Sylvia Pankhurst or the Attack of Apollyon: Revenge of the Locusts other it will be his last. Those Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere An Illustrated Introduction Tuttle Martial Arts of you that follow me know I have read every book in the John Russel series I started to think after the last installment Lehrtet Station that Mr Downing was running The Empirical Stance The Terry Lectures Series out Book of Isms of plots for Russel This book was very good from the history standpoint again which is what drew me to this series in the first place But that being said this should be the end I would think Also I must say that my impressions バガボンド 1 of neutrality politically was different this time and it was starting to bother me I feel that Downing was trying to hard sell me Расул Гамзатов Стихи on the vertues Disrupted My Misadventure in the Start Up Bubble of pure Socializem in the Lenin style I m not sold that it was such a great system Also I didn t agree with the depiction Microsoft Office Excel 2007 for Project Managers of the Americans as a bunch Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly of Buffons in Berlin post war I still give it 4 stars for Effi and John great characters and I will miss them

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Berlin 1948 Still occupied by the four Allied powers and largely in ruins the city has become the cockpit of a new Cold War The legacies of the war have become entangled in the new Soviet American conflict creating a world of bizarre and fleeting loyalties a paradise for spies As spring unfolds a Western withdrawal looks increasingly likely Berlin. This is the last in the Station series and I m already thinking that I ve been a bit harsh in only giving it three stars but I m sticking to it for a number of small reasons that I shall explain laterIn Lehrter Station David Downing painted a superb picture of post War Berlin a grubby world of mixed morals the fit child of the Nazi War In Masaryk Station the world of 1948 feels perhaps a little less grubby but uncertain because of the political game the Soviets are playing It was interesting reading about a Berlin where the divisions of the times to come did not exist and which were unimaginable People seem to move around between zones with perfect freedom but also with an understanding of the undertones that exist in Soviet behaviour Abroad because that s where a lot of the action in the first half of the book takes place it is the Americans who are playing a duplicitous game just as they did in Lehrter Station They have allied themselves with former Nazi supporters in what they know will be the coming conflict with the Soviets They play a uiet role in supporting the number of escape routs that have been set up for Ukrainian Nazi supporting nationalists bloodthirsty Croat racists and for Soviet defectors Our hero John Russell is in the middle of both these worlds and thus has no illusions about either party His hands feel filthy and he would love to get outThen along comes an opportunity Something has turned up that might just provide Russell and his family with a get out of jail free ticket On the whole this was a good read marred only by the terrible grammatical errors that appear to have been thrown into the publication like spanners intended to ruin my day They are irritating and evidence of a rush into publication either that or the Soviets have been at it or those incompetent US officers that crop up in the book Without wishing to spoil the read for anyone else I do think the outcome is a little simplistic and even innocent for a book that has its feet in the realpolitik of those uncertain times Another ending would have been much realistic Oh cynic that I am