Zoo Station

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Soho Press, 2007 - Fiction - 293 pages
182 Reviews
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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The ending is awesome! - Goodreads
Lazy and weak ending. - Goodreads
David Downing is a good writer who knows his history. - Goodreads
Pre war berlin with insight to ordinary peoples lives. - Goodreads
A little too simplistic in plot but I did enjoy it. - Goodreads
Good characters, dialogue and pacing, though. - Goodreads

Review: Zoo Station (John Russell #1)

User Review  - Simon Kelly - Goodreads

I thoroughly enjoyed this book but was left feeling it could have been five stars instead of four if only had that magic ingredient - quite what was lacking I haven't been able to put my finger on ... Read full review

Review: Zoo Station (John Russell #1)

User Review  - Jane Massy - Goodreads

John Russell is no model hero but circumstances lead him to take certain paths in spite of himself. A good read with a great ending. Read full review


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Achievements of the Third Reich
Left Luggage

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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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