Lehrter Station by David Downing

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...while the strong characters are always interesting and well drawn, there isn't much from a plot perspective to draw the reader in.
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Caught between Soviets and Americans, John Russell can't escape his role as an accidental spy

Book 5 in the John Russell historical thriller series.

It’s 1945, and British journalist John Russell has finally reunited with his German girlfriend, Effi, in London after a dangerous flight from war-torn Berlin. But Russell realizes his new life in England isn’t going to last when he is tracked down by Soviet agent Shchepkin, who helped Russell escape the disastrous last days of the war and the Russian army’s destruction of Berlin. It is time to repay the debt, and Shchepkin’s bosses in Moscow are not the forgiving types. Russell has no choice but to agree to be transferred back to Germany, where he will resume his cover as an investigative journalist and hand over US intelligence reports on the German Communist Party.

Meanwhile, Effi struggles to revive her acting career, but she cannot fight the desire to uncover ex-Nazi Party members still at large in Berlin. In this dangerous new world, where alliances change every day, will John and Effi be able to leave the past behind? Or are the new enemies the same as the old?

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About David Downing

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David Downing grew up in suburban London. He is the author of five previous books in the John Russell series, Zoo Station, Silesian Station, Stettin Station, Potsdam Station, and Lehrter Station. He lives with his wife, an American acupuncturist, in Guildford, England.
Published May 8, 2012 by Soho Crime. 304 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Betty

...while the strong characters are always interesting and well drawn, there isn't much from a plot perspective to draw the reader in.

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Reviewed by Phillip White on May 31 2012

Well written historical fiction can often tell us more about the mood of a people and the feel of a time and place than journalism or history, and this is the case with Lehrter Station.

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Reviewed by Liviu Suciu on May 13 2012

Lehrter Station is the fifth John Russell novel and it was still captivating and making me want the next installment asap - and there will be a next and probably as many as the market will bear...

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Reviewed by Mark Rose on May 09 2012

LEHRTER STATION takes a little time to explore some of these moral ambiguities, but the real joy is in the book’s thriller aspects, threats on the lives of both Koenen and Russell, intense action scenes, and the constant dread of having one’s cover blown.

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Reviewed by Sam Sattler on May 30 2012

Lehrter Station, though, is much more than a “spy novel.” It is an interesting piece of historical fiction that vividly portrays life in post-war Berlin as its American, French, British, and Soviet occupiers begin to settle in to the four zones into which they carved Berlin.

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