Zoo Station

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Soho Press, 2007 - Fiction - 293 pages
177 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  - Eric_W - Goodreads

David Downing has written a series of novels about an English journalist in Berlin during WW II. In Zoo Station, the first of the series, John Russell, is in Danzig when he's approached by a Soviet ... Read full review

Review: Zoo Station (John Russell #1)

User Review  - Jan Colle - Goodreads

Not too well written, full of German mistakes and altogether not too credible but still a good pastime read. Read full review

Contents

Table of Contents
Achievements of the Third Reich
Left Luggage
Copyright

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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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