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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WWII has ended… But the danger has just begun for a spy caught between political superpowers.

Book 5 in the John Russell historical thriller series.

Paris, November 1945. John Russell is walking home along the banks of the Seine on a cold and misty evening when Soviet agent Yevgeny Shchepkin falls into step alongside him. Shchepkin tells Russell that the American intelligence will soon be asking him to undertake some low grade espionage on their behalf—assessing the strains between different sections of the German Communist Party—and that Shchepkin’s own bosses in Moscow want him to accept the task and pass his findings on to them. He adds that refusal will put Russell’s livelihood and life at risk, but that once he has accepted it, he’ll find himself even further entangled in the Soviet net. It’s a lose-lose situation.

Shchepkin admits that his own survival now depends on his ability to utilize Russell. The only way out for the two of them is to make a deal with the Americans. If they can come up with something the Americans want or need badly enough, then perhaps Russell will be forgiven for handing German atomic secrets over to Moscow and Shchepkin might be offered the sort of sanctuary that also safeguards the lives of his wife and daughter in Moscow. Every decision Russell makes now is a dangerous one.

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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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