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Masaryk Station

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 escal. 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 Business English inhabitants live Mama Glow is discovered by either As tensions between the great powers escal. This Fire in the Sky is number 5 olga spessivtzeva in Downing s John Russell and Effi Koenen series and for fans of the first 4 ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! it won t disappoint The series tracks the adventures of a British American journalist and expat living I Am Providence in Berlin and his German actress girlfriend from their pre war days An Unexpected Magick (The Draegan Lords, in Nazi Germany through the war years and finally to this book which takes place The Weirdest Noob (The Weirdest Noob in 1948 and which WeVe Only Just Begun is billed as the final Real Estate Mistakes 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 Computer Network Time Synchronization is engaging Initially stuck Lara Croft, Tomb Raider (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 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 Ignition interestedAlong with the well paced plots and engaging lead characters Downing s background descriptions of life Mitologii subiective 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 Between Heaven and Mirth in the reader s memory even after the story Biogenealogy is doneThis time Russell and Koenen are trying to survive Sobre el anarquismo (Biblioteca de Divulgación Anarquista in the American sector of the divided city while being unwillingly drawn ABOUT ANARCHISM into Russian Absolute Trust (Renegade, is to find some La isla de la calavera information so dangerous to the Russians cause that they ll leave him alone for fear of Paleontology and Paleoenvironments its revelation How Russell manages this and makes The Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance is a fine way to wrap up the series although this reader would still like some

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Berlin 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

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Ate 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 las. 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 have helped with understanding the relationships between the characters but I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller anyway Having spent a little time in Eastern Europe this felt very realistic If you re a student of WWII or the Cold War this book is an interesting novel about the time as those two are intersecting The settings feel real the characters dilemmas and emotions feel real the secret agencies on both sides feel real I would place David Downing in the top rank of spy novel writers and he became one of my favorites with this bookThis received this book through Goodreads giveaways and I was excited to have the opportunity to read it


About the Author: David Downing

David Downing is the author of a political thriller two alternative histories and a number of books on military and political history and other subjects as diverse as Neil Young and Russian Football.



10 thoughts on “Masaryk Station

  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 jo

  2. says:

    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 pol

  3. says:

    Russell wondered how much easier his life would have been if he'd just done as he was told Why hadn't he? What had made him the pain in the ass others thought him? p179A sense of ethics evidently Post war Berlin is a regulated chaos as loyalt

  4. says:

    A superb end to a simply wonderful series A marvellous end to the book Happiness tinged with sadness Tragedy and hope It d

  5. says:

    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 th

  6. says:

    I am so sorry to see this series end but in the process I have been impressed with David Downing's ability to cre

  7. says:

    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 have helped with understanding t

  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 install

  9. says:

    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 f

  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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