Times Another ending would have been much realistic Oh cynic that I am This is number 5 in Downing s John Russell and Effi Koenen series and for fans f the first 4 it won t disappoint The series tracks the adventures The Seraphim Code of a British American journalist and expat living in Berlin and his German actress girlfriend from their pre war days in Nazi Germany through the war years and finally to this book which takes place in 1948 and which is billed as the final installmentf the series though to be honest I m not convinced Downing doesn t still have another Sortemesse one up his sleeve The premisef this book as well as the La fabbrica di cioccolato other 4 is engaging Initially stuck in Germany because his ex wife and son are there as well as his current girlfriend Russell ends up being recruited by the Americans and the Russians to spy for their respective countries using his journalist credentials as a cover Each thinks he s a double agentn their side and during the war the Germans recruit him as well assuming he ll do their bidding above the Klara with A K others How Russell manages to juggle all his masters yet stay relatively true to his moral center keeps the reader interestedAlong with the well paced plots and engaging lead characters Downing s background descriptionsf life in Berlin as well as a few Serving Sera other European cities before during and after the war are a major portionf the hold these books have Samurai! on the reader The details and descriptions are skillfully written and help bring the story to life as well as cause the book s atmospherics to linger in the reader s memory even after the story is doneThis time Russell and Koenen are trying to survive in the American sectorf the divided city while being unwillingly drawn into Russian intrigues Russell realizes the La meglio gioventù only way to put his clandestine past behind him and be truly free is to find some information so dangerous to the Russians cause that they ll leave him alone for fearf its revelation How Russell manages this and makes it work is a fine way to wrap up the series although this reader would still like some Those f you that follow me know I have read every book in the John Russel series I started to think after the last installment Lehrtet Station that Mr Downing was running ut Solea of plots for Russel This book was very good from the history standpoint again which is what drew me to this series in the first place But that being said this should be the end I would think Also I must say that my impressionsf neutrality politically was different this time and it was starting to bother me I feel that Downing was trying to hard sell me By the Light of the Moon on the vertuesf pure Socializem in the Lenin style I m not sold that it was such a great system Also I didn t agree with the depiction Molly Fyde and the Darkness Deep of the Americans as a bunchf Buffons in Berlin post war I still give it 4 stars for Effi and John great characters and I will miss them 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 Iconologia, Ovvero Immagini Di Tutte Le Cose Principali a Cui l'Umano Talento Ha Finto Un Corpo, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint) one final job which will cement the finan cial secu rity and well beingf 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 r even what is the right course f action he should takeMr Down ing does an excel lent job writ ing char ac ters All Morte a credito of the char ac ters in the book badr 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 OS Graficos Do Ventilador: Identificando a Assincronia Paciente Ventilador E Otimizando as Definicoes of Prague and BerlinThe inter est ing partf the book was the cur rency reform Keely and Du of Berlin when both Amer i can and Russ ian inter ests wanted to con trol the cur rency and hence the econmy Both coun tries try to reassert their power and legit i macy Mill Hill over Berlin nei ther will ing nor polit i cally able to backut The author also rec Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lost 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 Berlinr at least accept Russ ian cur rency in their areasIt didn t workThis is the final book ’s German inhabitants live in fear This Poison Will Remain of the Soviet forces whoccupy half the city and whose legacy f 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.
Russell wondered how much easier his life would have been if he d just done as he was told Why hadn t he What had made him the pain in the ass thers thought him p179A sense f ethics evidently Post war Berlin is a regulated chaos as loyalties are tested and the shifting fallout takes its ruthless toll In the interim between the last book to facilitate their formal adoption f Rosa Russell and Effie have married and attempted to restore some sort Rescued by a Horse: True Stories of Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Healing of normalcy to their lives When the new normal includes city wide electricalutages transportation issues and food issues not to mention sudden disappearances and murder life becomes almost intolerableHe should be glad to be alive he thought but the feeling was beyond him p157Life was a risky business and The Secret of the Glass one needed wisdom about which risks to take p269When you are a triple agent you don t always have the luxuryf a choice When you are married to a triple agent you might pick up some habits that put your choices at riskIn this last volume Discovery: Poetry and Art by Rick and Jan Sikes of the series DD attempts with his meticulous attention to detail to wrap it all up Problem is it won t be wrapped up tidily and there s no bow that could disguise the rough edges and some glaring editorial glitches With it s unsavourypening scene and it s unsettling thread my enjoyment The Genealogy of the Family of Francis Beaman, Sr Northampton County, North Carolina (American Surname Series) of this volume was seriously challenged Why were people so stupid Did they really think that bravery always went hand in hand with virtue p238Overall however I am grateful for DD s perceptive and gripping series and the broadeningf my perspective I will wait patiently for him to realize it isn t actually complete and give us 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 Lions and Tigers and Snares of characters who survived the Nazis and the Soviets not to mention the Americans as Berlin moved through WWII and emerged into the beginningf 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 f war between the Soviets the Germans who are now ccupied by the Allies and the Americans In the process Fox Play of all this with at least twother murderous subplots thrown in for good measure Russell and his longtime Soviet mentor Shchepkin dis The sixth and final volume in the John Russell series all named after German train stations This last volume puts the hero in Berlin a couple Star Wars: Lando of years after the war and just before the Berlin airlift I liked this series for bringing up lesser known partsf history in Eastern Europe Once again Russell is caught between his Russian and American handlers This is the last in the Station series and I m already thinking that I ve been a bit harsh in Genius Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture only giving it three stars but I m sticking to it for a numberf small reasons that I shall explain laterIn Lehrter Station David Downing painted a superb picture f post War Berlin a grubby world f mixed morals the fit child Aria Appassionata of the Nazi War In Masaryk Station the worldf 1948 feels perhaps a little less grubby but uncertain because f the political game the Soviets are playing It was interesting reading about a Berlin where the divisions f the times to come did not exist and which were unimaginable People seem to move around between zones with perfect freedom but also with an understanding The Untold Story: My 20 Years Running the National Inquirer of the undertones that exist in Soviet behaviour Abroad because that s where a lotf the action in the first half Betrayed, Betrothed and Bedded of the book takes place it is the Americans who are playing a duplicitous game just as they did in Lehrter Station They have allied themselves with former Nazi supporters in what they know will be the coming conflict with the Soviets They play a uiet role in supporting the numberf escape routs that have been set up for Ukrainian Nazi supporting nationalists bloodthirsty Croat racists and for Soviet defectors Our hero John Russell is in the middle Anna Laetitia Barbauld Poems 1792 of both these worlds and thus has no illusions about either party His hands feel filthy and he would love to getutThen along comes an Caught in the Net opportunity Something has turned up that might just provide Russell and his family with a getut Blue Road to Atlantis of jail free ticket On the whole this was a good read marrednly by the terrible grammatical errors that appear to have been thrown into the publication like spanners intended to ruin my day They are irritating and evidence Bioetica Della Sessualita, Della Vita Nascente E Pediatrica of a rush into publication either thatr the Soviets have been at it Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light or those incompetent USfficers that crop up in the book Without wishing to spoil the read for anyone else I do think the Itinerari nel sacro. L'esperienza religiosa giapponese outcome is a little simplistic and even innocent for a book that has its feet in the realpolitikf those uncertain. Berlin 1948 Still ccupied by the four Allied powers and largely in ruins the city has become the cockpit f a new Cold War The legacies Bad Land of the war have become entangled in the new Soviet American conflict creating a worldf bizarre and fleeting loyalties a paradise for spies As spring unfolds a Western withdrawal looks increasingly likely Berlin.
O 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 A superb end to a simply wonderful series A marvellous end to the book Happiness tinged with sadness Tragedy and hope It didn t really feel like a goodbye An au revoir hopefully Though that s probably me wishing it rather than it actually being so And yes he saved the best for the last twoAs the book begins it is three years since the second war to end all wars ended But the world feels for many just as unsafe as it was Perhaps so The series hero John Russell and his Lettere: 1942-1943 old espionage friend and part time Soviet controller Shchepkin find themselves sinking deeper and deeper into the new worldf spies and mistrust as the two new world powers let paranoia about each L'ipocrisia dell'Occidente. Il Califfo, il terrore e la storia otherverride any thoughts The Fire of Origins of justice and retribution for the people who suffered most Therdinary man and woman in the street wherever that street might Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy (Critical Heritage) once have been in Europe are just as expendable in the new Cold War as they ever were in theld war Russell and Shchepkin reach the conclusion that there is probably no escape for them Pasto nudo or those they care for not alive anyway Unless that is they can find a secret aboutne side Escaping Me or thether to use as blackmail They know plenty Goodbye Marianne of secretsf course but the people they know secrets about also know secrets about them It needs to be a big The Maxx: Maxximized Vol. 3 one a hugene a secret so potentially devastating that it would be worth leaving them alone to pay for If they survive long enough after disclosing it to use it that isI don t think there s been a deep message to be got from the Station series David Downing hasn t been Il cacciatore on a cliched anti war anti Nazi anti conflict mission That s for us to read in maybe The things I take from the series are maybe the triumphf spirit and that people no matter where they come from are fundamentally decent at heart That war affects every side differently but in the end the same There are no winners the human race loses Masaryk Station in summing up the series that has gone before it is about betrayal Of people each The Unscratchables otherf ideas It s about starting to build your Therapy own future because none else is going to do it for you Certainly not the Big Powers as here They say they are but they can t be trusted with the future and certainly not with yours Universally relevant wherever you find yourself today it s about all sides being let down by their leaders elected and unelectedDespite The Hug obviously being written by an English speaking writer the series has been remarkably even handed and non judgemental You draw yourwn conclusions if you want to Obviously the events and atrocities will speak for themselves however they can be The Resurrection Tree and Other Stories open to interpretation however you want to interpret them dependingn which side you were Autostop con Buddha: Viaggio attraverso il Giappone or are There were no winners nothing was solved by 5 yearsf war and 40 Speak the Ocean odd million deadIt s impossible to pick a best bookf the six Stations and would be wrong to even think about trying Could the series be returned to Yes Should it That s a whole Newark's Little Italy: The Vanished First Ward other uestion Masaryk Station especially and the series as a whole leave me with sadness hope tragedy happiness possibility Leaves me with a smilen my face and hope in my heart and glad that I travelled with David Downing John Russell and Effi CohenMore world class reviews n Speesh Reads Berlin Prague and Belgrade are not a lot f fun to live in after WWII John Russell double agent working for the Soviets and the Americans spends most Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story of his time trying to figureut how to accomplish his missions for both Second Sight (Circle of Three, of them and extricate himself from working for eitherf 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 Strife of WWIIr 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 Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath on both sides feel real I would place David Downing in the top rankf spy novel writers and he became Baby Colossus (Short Story) onef my favorites with this bookThis received this book through Goodreads giveaways and I was excited to have the Roy Al opportunity to read it The lastf this Station series by David Downing As enjoyable and informative as the preceding 5 stories His writing style always appeals to me I look forward to reading something else by Downing in the futur. Late each passing day makes Russell’s position treacherous He and his Soviet liaison Shchepkin seek ut ne final Panzer Baron: The Military Exploits of General Hasso von Manteuffel operationne piece Apple Training Series of intelligence so damning it could silence the wrathf A Little Bit Psychic: Pride Prejudice with a Modern Twist one nation and solicit the protectionf the ther It will be the most dangerous task Russell has ever taken n but The Dashwood Sisters Tell All one wayr the ther it will be his last.
David Downing is the author of a political thriller two alternative histories and a number of books on military and political history and other subjects as diverse as Neil Young and Russian Football