Zoo Station

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Soho Press, 2007 - Fiction - 293 pages
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By 1939, Anglo-American journalist John Russell has spent over a decade in Berlin, where his son lives with his mother. He writes human-interest pieces for British and American papers, avoiding the investigative journalism that could get him deported. But as World War II approaches, he faces having to leave his son as well as his girlfriend of several years, a beautiful German starlet. 

When an acquaintance from his old communist days approaches him to do some work for the Soviets, Russell is reluctant, but he is unable to resist the offer. He becomes involved in other dangerous activities, helping a Jewish family and a determined young American reporter. When the British and the Nazis notice his involvement with the Soviets, Russell is dragged into the murky world of warring intelligence services.

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Great writing and a nice ending. - Goodreads
Lazy and weak ending. - Goodreads
David Downing is a good writer who knows his history. - Goodreads
This clutters the writing and detracts from the story. - Goodreads
Good characters, dialogue and pacing, though. - Goodreads
The ending is awesome! - Goodreads

Review: Zoo Station (John Russell #1)

User Review  - Ellen - Goodreads

This book is a perfect example of how marketing ruins fiction. By designating this as first in a series, the writer seems to have given up on writing a much better novel. It's not exactly a thriller ... Read full review

Review: Zoo Station (John Russell #1)

User Review  - Reading Guy - Goodreads

John Russell is a British journalist in Berlin in 1939. WWII is looming and Jews are treated like rats. Russell has roots in Germany with a German ex-wife, a son and a German girlfriend who looks ... Read full review


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Achievements of the Third Reich
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About the author (2007)

David Downing grew up in suburban London. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction for both adults and children, including four novels featuring Anglo-American journalist John Russell and the nonfiction work Sealing Their Fate: The Twenty-Two Days That Decided World War II. He lives with his wife in Guildford, England.

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