Zoo Station

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Soho Press, May 1, 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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Review: Zoo Station (John Russell #1)

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Fun read. Reminded me of Daniel Silva's The Unlikely Spy. Great description of pre WWII Berlin. Fun spy/WWII thriller with some touching/shocking description of life in Germany in the lead-up to the war. Read full review

Review: Zoo Station (John Russell #1)

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Good spy book. Set at the beginning of World War 2, the main charcter,John Russell is a journalist living in Germany. He is recruited by the British government to be a spy for them. He is asked to ... Read full review

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Achievements of the Third Reich
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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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