Potsdam Station by David Downing

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In April 1945, Hitler’s Reich is on the verge of extinction. Assaulted by Allied bombs and Soviet shells, ruled by Nazis with nothing to lose, Berlin has become the most dangerous place on earth.
 
John Russell’s son Paul is stationed on the Eastern Front with the German Army, awaiting the Soviets’ final onslaught. In Berlin, Russell’s girlfriend Effi has been living in disguise, helping fugitives to escape from Germany. With a Jewish orphan to care for, she’s trying to outlast the Nazis.
 
Russell hasn’t heard from either of them since fleeing Germany in 1941. He is desperate to find out if they’re alive and to protect them from the advancing Red Army. He flies to Moscow, seeking permission to enter Berlin with the Red Army as a journalist, but when the Soviet’s arrest him as a spy, things look bleak—until they find a use for him that has him parachuting into Berlin behind German lines.
 

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 April 5, 2011 by Soho Crime. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, History, Horror. Fiction

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The fourth in Downing’s World War II “station” series (Stettin Station, 2010, etc.) finds journalist-spy John Russell making a Faustian pact with the Russians poised to invade Berlin, where his girlfriend Effi and son Paul struggle to survive the Reich’s final days.

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Winspear deftly sketches the problems that Maisie not only faces but blithely ignores.

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Review: In what must be considered a supreme ironic twist, British-American journalist John Russell — who has a fiancée, teenaged son, and brother in Berlin — sees a dangerous trip into Stalin's Russia as the only way to be reunited with them in Potsdam Station, the fourth mystery in this series ...

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He flies to Moscow, seeking permission to enter Berlin with the Red Army as a journalist, but when the Soviet’s arrest him as a spy, things look bleak—until they find a use for him that has him parachuting into Berlin behind German lines.

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