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SUMMARY Ç Masaryk Station Berlin 1948 Still occupied by the four Allied powers and largely in ruins the city has become the cockpit of a new Cold War The legacies of the war have become entangled in the new Soviet American conflict creating a world of bizarre and fleeting loyalties a paradise for spies As spring unfolds a Western withdrawal looks increasingly likely Berlin Masaryk Sta tion by David Down ing is the last novel in the John Rus sell series The story takes place in the chaotic time in 1948 Berlin when the city was divided in the post war eraJohn Rus sell is an Amer i can jour nal ist liv ing in Berlin for a long time Even though he was linked to the Com mu nist Party he is involved in spy ing for the Amer i cans and the Rus sians try ing to keep his fam ily secure and safe John is mar ried to a Ger man actress named Effie they have a son and an adopted daughterJohn is plan ning one final job which will cement the finan cial secu rity and well being of his fam ily before he retires How ever that final reward will take guts cun ning and an enor mous risk which he might not be will ing to takeMasaryk Sta tion by David Down ing ties up the John Rus sell series nicely will giv ing the reader much to think about even thought the story takes place 7 decades ago In this book Mr Rus sell strug gles to the do the right thing but doesn t really know what the right thing is or even what is the right course of action he should takeMr Down ing does an excel lent job writ ing char ac ters All of the char ac ters in the book bad or good felt as if they could have been real peo ple How ever the plot is still dark and bru tal against the back drop of Prague and BerlinThe inter est ing part of the book was the cur rency reform of Berlin when both Amer i can and Russ ian inter ests wanted to con trol the cur rency and hence the econ omy Both coun tries try to reassert their power and legit i macy over Berlin nei ther will ing nor polit i cally able to back out The author also rec og nizes the famed Berlin Block ade in which Rus sia blocked all pas sages by air road rail and water between the East and West zones The block ade was designed to force the USA Eng land and France to leaver Berlin or at least accept Russ ian cur rency in their areasIt didn t workThis is the final book to an excel lent series in which the author appraises post World War II Europe in a cyn i cal tired yet clear man ner The book is a won der ful intro duc tion to the Berlin Block ade told through an excit ing story with like able charactersDis claimer I got this book for freeFor reviews and bookish posts please visit

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SUMMARY Ç Masaryk Station Late each passing day makes Russell’s position treacherous He and his Soviet liaison Shchepkin seek out one final operation one piece of intelligence so damning it could silence the wrath of one nation and solicit the protection of the other It will be the most dangerous task Russell has ever taken on but one way or the other it will be his last Berlin Prague and Belgrade are not a lot of fun to live in after WWII John Russell double agent working for the Soviets and the Americans spends most of his time trying to figure out how to accomplish his missions for both of them and extricate himself from working for either of them He just wants to keep his wife and his daughter safeI have not read the earlier books in this series and I do think that would have helped with understanding the relationships between the characters but I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller anyway Having spent a little time in Eastern Europe this felt very realistic If you re a student of WWII or the Cold War this book is an interesting novel about the time as those two are intersecting The settings feel real the characters dilemmas and emotions feel real the secret agencies on both sides feel real I would place David Downing in the top rank of spy novel writers and he became one of my favorites with this bookThis received this book through Goodreads giveaways and I was excited to have the opportunity to read it


SUMMARY Ç Masaryk Station ’s German inhabitants live in fear of the Soviet forces who occupy half the city and whose legacy of violence has ripped apart many families John Russell works for both Stalin's NKVD and the newly created CIA trying his best to cut himself loose from both before his double agency is discovered by either As tensions between the great powers esca I am so sorry to see this series end but in the process I have been impressed with David Downing s ability to create a continuing cast of characters who survived the Nazis and the Soviets not to mention the Americans as Berlin moved through WWII and emerged into the beginning of the Cold WarI wasn t certain this would be the last until the end notes but it apparently is In this final chapter John Russell the British American journalist and double agent his actress wife Effi and their adopted daughter Rosa are trying to survive the intrigue and tug of war between the Soviets the Germans who are now occupied by the Allies and the Americans In the process of all this with at least two other murderous subplots thrown in for good measure Russell and his longtime Soviet mentor Shchepkin discover the existence of a film that endangers the reputation of one of Russia s most feared leaders and could give them their chance to finally uit the spy business and move to America The film does its work but not before some very tense moments at the end which thankfully spare all the people we have come to care about One final note I don t know if this was the fault of the original British manuscript or its American version but Masaryk Station was full of typos dropped words incorrect verb tenses and other glitches that gave it an amateurish feel despite Downing s excellent sense of storytelling and pace Silly uestion I know but are there no proofreaders anyIf you ever want to have a close up view of what life was like in Berlin leading up to WWII and afterwards you should start with Zoo Station and move through all the other station books to get to this one

  • Hardcover
  • 330
  • Masaryk Station
  • David Downing
  • English
  • 12 January 2019
  • 9781616952235