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Silesian Station | [David Downing]

Silesian Station

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.
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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 them false intelligence. Russell consents, but secretly offers his services to the Soviets instead - not for anything too dangerous, though, and only if they'll sneak him and Effi out of Germany if necessary.

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, who turn out to demand more than Russell hoped. Meanwhile, Europe lurches toward war, and he must follow the latest stories - to places where American espionage assignments await him.

©2008 David Downing; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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"Full of period detail, this novel effectively captures life in the police state of Berlin on the brink of war." (Publishers Weekly)

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    "Spies and Nazis"

    Just a good spy story set in Nazi Germany. If you are into this sort of story, it is as good as it gets. Doesn't require a whole lot of thinking...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Buzz Scottsdale, AZ, United States 10-17-11
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    "Fine Addition to David Downing’s “John Russell” Se"

    Having just finished reading Zoo Station, the first book in David Downing’s “John Russell” quartet, I eagerly took up book two in the series, Silesian Station, which covers the period immediately preceding the beginning of WWII in September, 1939. Russell is a half-British half-American journalist living in Berlin, where he has been for many years, and has acquired a former wife, a son, a current lover, and deep connections with Germans and Germany. As was so true with many Germans themselves, he is incredulous and disgusted with what has become of a country he loved and respected. His status as an expat-journalist becomes one of fear for himself and his German family, and ultimately of survival itself. While no superhero, Russell is quietly admirable in many respects. His adventures and increasing involvement with victimized Jews and Germans willing to oppose the Nazi regime, provide the plot line for this finely researched historical thriller. One of David Downing’s talents is to create believable and vulnerable characters with whom the reader can identify to the point of actually caring about what happens to them, which is not obvious. Having just finished reading Silesian Station, I am already reading Stettin Station, the next book in the series, after which I will no doubt read the final book, Zoo Station. Although Silesian Station is understandable and enjoyable as a stand-alone book, for anyone who has not read Zoo Station, it is advisable to read that book first,

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    ellen abingdon, VA, United States 02-19-11
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    "silesian station"

    very good but wish i had read the first one. not sure if I will continue to find out what happens since I have so many others I want to listen to. but still a good book.

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