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Lehrter Station: A John Russell WW II Novel, Book 5 | [David Downing]

Lehrter Station: A John Russell WW II Novel, Book 5

Paris, November 1945: John Russell is walking home along the banks of the Seine on a cold and misty evening when Soviet agent Yevgeny Shchepkin falls into step alongside him. Shchepkin tells Russell that the American intelligence will soon be asking him to undertake some low grade espionage on their behalf - assessing the strains between different sections of the German Communist Party - and that Shchepkin's own bosses in Moscow want him to accept the task and pass his findings on to them.
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Paris, November 1945: John Russell is walking home along the banks of the Seine on a cold and misty evening when Soviet agent Yevgeny Shchepkin falls into step alongside him. Shchepkin tells Russell that the American intelligence will soon be asking him to undertake some low-grade espionage on their behalf - assessing the strains between different sections of the German Communist Party - and that Shchepkin's own bosses in Moscow want him to accept the task and pass his findings on to them. He adds that refusal will put Russell's livelihood and life at risk, but that once he has accepted it, he'll find himself even further entangled in the Soviet net. It's a lose-lose situation.

Shchepkin admits that his own survival now depends on his ability to utilize Russell. The only way out for the two of them is to make a deal with the Americans. If they can come up with something the Americans want or need badly enough, then perhaps Russell will be forgiven for handing German atomic secrets over to Moscow, and Shchepkin might be offered the sort of sanctuary that also safeguards the lives of his wife and daughter in Moscow. Every decision Russell makes now is a dangerous one.

©2012 David Downing (P)2012 AudioGO

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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 06-10-12
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 06-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great view of Berlin after the end of WW2"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    As this is Part 5 of a series, a few more gentle reminders of who some of the characters were and their 'backstory' could have been woven in to make the current story more understandable and relevant.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I never quite grasped who the lead character was, what motivated him. I enjoyed the series, but the lead character doesn't seem as clearly drawn as those by other authors exploring some of the same territory, such as Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon or Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    I adore Simon Vance's narration and much prefer these fine British actors telling WW2 or spy stories in general. They own them, in my opinion. I see Simon Vance also has a blog speaking about a variety of topics, including history. His blog contains an ad for a contest to compare James Bond movies to the audio narration of the same book. For those of us old enough to have had some of our earliest stories delivered to us without the benefit of pictures, the power of the spoken word has re-emerged as delightful way to enjoy a book, beyond the obvious conveniences of an audiobook, especially when the narration is as good as this one.


    Was Lehrter Station worth the listening time?

    Yes, it was. It can be grim at times, but for a story taking place 6 months after the end of WW2, exploring the effects of war on a range of characters, that is to be expected.


    Any additional comments?

    This book illustrates the social and political realities in the months following the war through the stories of individuals and does a great job accomplishing that goal. I'm somewhat of a WW2 buff and feel after this book, I now have a much greater grasp of Europe, especially Berlin, in the months after the war ended. One sees the different powers jockeying for their place in post-war Berlin and making tough choices that are easy to question all these years later. It is viewing the end of WW2 in the way we have looked at subsequent wars, such as the Vietnam War, without any great heroes....more post-modern than 'the greatest generation'.

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    Having read and thoroughly liked the previous four novels in David Downing’s John Russell series, I eagerly awaited the fifth (and I would suggest to Downing, the last) installment for two reasons: Russell is a very interesting character and the lives of many of the population of the four novels were unresolved, and Downing is a very excellent writer. But, alas, even a writer as good as Downing needs to have a story to tell and the story told in “Lehrter Station” is boring. There are too many characters, too many set pieces, and too many threads to follow. Berlin in the aftermath of WWII is an intriguing place, but it doesn’t compare to Hitler’s Germany, and the numerous characters from the previous novels whose lives are brought forward in “Lehrter Station,” had their best days behind them. I, for one, have no further interest in John Russell and I wouldn’t have missed anything if Downing had never written this follow-up novel.

    There were too many characters and too many scenes for this to be an effective audio book. The narrator, however, was very good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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