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Lehrter Station (John Russell World War II Spy Thriller #5): A John Russell WWII Thriller [Paperback]

David Downing
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March 5 2013 A John Russell WWII Spy Thriller
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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"Outstanding.... Philip Kerr and Alan Furst fans will be pleased."
Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW


"Downing is a master at work."
Huffington Post UK

"Powerfully and skillfully written, with constant suspense and sudden surprises of satisfaction, Lehrter Station is one of the vital 2012 books that I'd pack for a desert islandor a beach vacation, or a rainy weekend."
—Kingdom Books

Praise for the John Russell series

"Epic in scope, Mr. Downing's "Station" cycle creates a fictional universe rich with a historian's expertise but rendered with literary style and heart."
—The Wall Street Journal

"John Russell has always been in the thick of things in David Downing’s powerful historical novels set largely in Berlin ... Downing provides no platform for debate in this unsentimental novel, leaving his hero to ponder the ethics of his pragmatic choices while surveying the ground level horrors to be seen in Berlin.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Reminiscent of Woody Allen’s Zelig, Russell, the hero of Downing’s espionage series, can’t seem to resist inserting himself into climactic moments of the 20th century ... Downing has been classed in the elite company of literary spy masters Alan Furst and Philip Kerr ... that flattering comparison is generally justified. If Downing is light on character study, he’s brilliant at evoking even the smallest details of wartime Berlin on its last legs.... Given the limited cast of characters, Downing must draw on almost Dickensian reserves of coincidences and close calls to sustain the suspense of his basic hide-and-seek story line. That he does ingeniously. It helps to read Downing’s novels in order, but if Potsdam Station is your first foray into Russell’s escapades, be forewarned that you may soon feel compelled to undertake a literary reconnaissance mission to retrieve and read the earlier books.”
Washington Post

“The echo of the Allied bombings and the crash of the boots of the invading Russians permeate the pages in which David Downing vividly does justice to the drama... The book is a reminder of what happened and those who allowed it to happen...The book lives up to the others in the Russell series, serving as yet one more reminder of a world too many have entirely forgotten.”
Washington Times

“Downing is brilliant at weaving history and fiction, and this plot, with its twists and turns—all under the terrible bombardment of Berlin and the Third Reich’s death throes—is as suspenseful as they come. The end, with another twist, is equally clever and unexpected.”
Toronto Globe and Mail




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About the Author

David Downing grew up in suburban London. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction for both adults and children, including four novels featuring Anglo-American journalist John Russell and the nonfiction work Sealing Their Fate: The Twenty-Two Days That Decided World War II. He lives with his wife in Guildford, England.

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5.0 out of 5 stars one of his best March 8 2014
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This really caps off the series. Ties up the loose ends and makes sense of much of early post war Europe. A good read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lehrter Station Jan. 13 2014
By ASP
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The book is a disappointment. Billed as "a thriller", nothing "thrilling" has happened after 180 pages. The book does provide a very detailed road map to Berlin, that's about it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not his best May 18 2013
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This book had none of the suspense and action of his previous novels. In places it read more like a travelogue than a thriller. Definitely a disappointment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Post-war Berlin... May 11 2012
By Jill Meyer HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
David Downing's new novel, "Lerter Station", is the fifth book in his John Russell series. Begun in pre-war Berlin and continuing through the war, Downing now takes his characters in this book from London to Berlin in the fall of 1945. Russell and his girl-friend, actress Effi Koenen, return to the war-ruined city in a somewhat convoluted plot involving Soviet spies. Most plots dealing with spies in these books - Downing's, Philip Kerr's, Alan Furst's - usually have the spies double, tripling, hell, even quadruple, spying. Frankly, I got confused dealing with the who/what/why of the spying in Downing's book. So I tended to concentrate on the other parts of the story, which were far more interesting.

Life in post-war Berlin was difficult enough for the city's residents. So many buildings were damaged, so many people lost in the bombings and war battles and, of course, in the concentration camps. The city was a meeting place for the war's survivors and most people were trying to find loved ones and friends they had lost track of during the war. The city was divided into four parts - American, British, French, and Russian - and while people could move between the parts fairly easily, already the Russian Zone was taking on an ominous tone as restrictions were beginning to be put in place by the occupying Soviets. Russell has returned to do a little spying, a little reporting, and a lot of fence-mending. Effi has returned to act in a new movie, the first to be filmed in post-war Germany. She was also trying to find the father of a young Jewish girl she had sheltered during the war and was hoping to permanently adopt, as well as the daughter of a Jewish couple she had helped during the war. Downing also includes many other characters from the four earlier books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Survival had been such a simple ambition." May 10 2012
By S. McGee - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who has been following the adventures of reporter and reluctant spy John Russell through the four previous novels by David Downing (starting with Zoo Station is going to want to read this fifth in the series, if only to figure out how Downing, his son Paul, Effi, his German movie star girlfriend and other assorted members of his circle deal with the advent of peace after a decade or more of upheaval, war and tragedy. Certainly, it's not back to business as usual: when we meet Russell again, he's struggling to find someone to run his stories in London and postwar life is bleak. Then one of his old spymaster buddies comes calling to collect a bill owing from his past, and it's back to Berlin...

Downing does a fabulous job of capturing life in Berlin at the end of 1945, only six months or so from the bloody final battle for control of the city that was his focus in Potsdam Station: A John Russell WWII Thriller. Russell may not have to dodge the Gestapo, SD and SS any longer but he finds himself caught between rival spy agencies, as both the Americans and Soviets lay claim to his loyalties and service. And the ending of the war hasn't brought about peace and harmony: Nazis are still strolling the streets and while Jews get special ration cards as victims of fascism, they are being driven out of their homes in Poland or confined to DP camps until the victors can figure out what to do with them. Then there are the shady black market figures and the groups seeking vengeance for the horrors of the concentration camps, who live in an even darker world...

While I enjoyed this book -- and was delighted to see that the series didn't end with the last book, as I had feared might be the case -- it wasn't as strong or focused as the others. Perhaps that is inevitable, given that the prior books subordinated all previous conflicts to the one great conflict that pitted everyone against Nazi Germany. In this book, it sometimes felt like Russell was playing "whack a mole" -- as soon as he figured out a way to deal with one problem, another popped its head up, not necessarily connected to the first. It also made me slightly irritable that the author seems to have decided to find a way to bring back -- in kind of cameo performances -- characters that Effi and/or Russell encountered in prior books. This is mildly interesting, but often felt too much like a deliberate effort to tie up loose ends. As someone remarks late in the book, "this has been our month for renewing acquaintances"; I groaned, yes I had noticed. At times it felt like I was being introduced to a special guest star per chapter, and not all of them fit naturally into he plot.

So this is a book for Downing's fans, of whom I'm sure he has many after writing four excellent suspense novels. Those admirers will find in this fifth book another noirish series of adventures, with echoes of The Third Man and Joseph Kanon's The Good German. Newcomers to the series should start with book #1, and read their way through the others, which are stronger and more coherent. That said, this is still a "thumping good read", just not quite as unputdownable as its predecessors. Recommended, although I'm not jumping up and down with excitement about it.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Downing's books have been great May 13 2012
By VICKY - Published on Amazon.com
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So this book starts out with a nice review. It is 1945 in London . Russell is almost unemployed but the fabulous Russians make him (and Effie) an "offer they can't refuse) unfortunately this novel is a continuous drawn-out half-hearted re-cap od David Downing's previously fascinating novel. As he scurries through all (I do mean ALL) the people he ever met, helped, knew) the reader is wishing there was a plot. At this end of this barely held together novel, Russell gets brave. I sincerely hope that David Downing's usual sense of atmosphere, character and astounding multiple plots re-surfaces in a book that isn't a series of "how have you been?"
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Post-war Berlin... May 11 2012
By Jill Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
David Downing's new novel, "Lerter Station", is the fifth book in his John Russell series. Begun in pre-war Berlin and continuing through the war, Downing now takes his characters in this book from London to Berlin in the fall of 1945. Russell and his girl-friend, actress Effi Koenen, return to the war-ruined city in a somewhat convoluted plot involving Soviet spies. Most plots dealing with spies in these books - Downing's, Philip Kerr's, Alan Furst's - usually have the spies double, tripling, hell, even quadruple, spying. Frankly, I got confused dealing with the who/what/why of the spying in Downing's book. So I tended to concentrate on the other parts of the story, which were far more interesting.

Life in post-war Berlin was difficult enough for the city's residents. So many buildings were damaged, so many people lost in the bombings and war battles and, of course, in the concentration camps. The city was a meeting place for the war's survivors and most people were trying to find loved ones and friends they had lost track of during the war. The city was divided into four parts - American, British, French, and Russian - and while people could move between the parts fairly easily, already the Russian Zone was taking on an ominous tone as restrictions were beginning to be put in place by the occupying Soviets. Russell has returned to do a little spying, a little reporting, and a lot of fence-mending. Effi has returned to act in a new movie, the first to be filmed in post-war Germany. She was also trying to find the father of a young Jewish girl she had sheltered during the war and was hoping to permanently adopt, as well as the daughter of a Jewish couple she had helped during the war. Downing also includes many other characters from the four earlier books. I think this book might be his last in the series, only because he does tie up a lot of loose ends.

I really wish there had been less of the spying story - by the middle of the book I couldn't tell who was allied with who and, frankly, didn't much care - and more of the "side stories". He writes well about the Jewish pipeline from Europe to Palestine as well as the black-market industry and daily life in a cold, bombed out city, trying to come to terms with its past and make a future under the presence of four occupying powers. I think "Lehrter Station" is the weakest of the five books, but it was still worth reading.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I want more! Feb. 5 2013
By Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fascinating portrait of a society crawling out of chaos. It's not just the buildings and bridges that are reduced to rubble and ruins in post-war Berlin. The Americans are playing all sorts of games, some of them aligning themselves to ex-Nazis and the black market in order to fight the invisible war against the Soviets, whilst others appear to be totally unaware of what life was really like under Hitler's regime. The British are imperialists hanging desperately onto power, the stern teacher in the school corridor. The French are seen as inconsequential and no-one understands why they're running part of the city anyway. The Russians are playing a game of winning hearts and minds without realising that they lost them when they raped their way through the cities... as if they really care because they seem to be the only ones who have a plan. The Germans come across as befuddled victims surviving by the skin of their teeth and confused as to how all this happened in the first place... and the Jews come across as confident and fighting fit... realists in a new world.
Interesting.
I like David Downing's Berlin series. They're gripping adventures set in a dirty world. Now the war is over it's not got any cleaner and our hero, John Russell, finds himself used as a pawn by both the Soviets and the Americans. All he wants to do is survive... like most of the other characters in the novel. This isn't easy when the world is on the brink of collapse. Cigarettes are the only real currency, everything is on ration, gangsters are having a great day, peoples are in flux as they move about Europe - this is true post-apocalyptic stuff when you think about it.
It struck me, as I was reading, that I can't think of many books set in the immediate post-war period in Central Europe. Obviously there's Graham Greene's "The Third Man", Andrzejewski's "Ashes and Diamonds" and Philip Kerr's "A German Requiem" but I'm not aware of any others. In film I can only add "Landscape After the Battle" and "Bicycle Thieves" to the list. It's almost as if the period falls into the shadow of the more dramatic War years and the Cold War that followed. This is a real shame because this really is a fascinating era with so much going on, so much in embryonic form. Downing has lit a fire under my feet with this one and I want more!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Culmination of the Station Series July 26 2012
By Doug Park - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Six months after the close of WWII in Europe, John Russell returns to Berlin as a spy for the Soviet government against various elements of the German Communist Party. As in all the previous novels of this series, a number of other threads emerge, and the audience is taken on rides in many interesting but sometimes discursive directions. "Lehrter Station" lacks much of the hard tension of the other four John Russell novels, all of which take place before or during the War. However, it gives the same zoom lens view of its subjects: occupied Berlin, the migration of many of Europe's Jews to Palestine, and the whole chaos of post-war Europe. The authority that Downing shows here is quite remarkable, and his attention to detail is exquisite. One of the most vital ingredients of the entire series is the basic neutrality of its protagonist. As Russell reveals in this book, "I spent most of my life learning to hate nationalism, and all other evils it gives rise to." Russell is discerning but not overly cynical, independent but not opportunistic, and it is these qualities, rather than anything truly extraordinary, that give him such appeal.

"Lehrter Station" incorporates and resolves many of the conflicts begun in the earlier novels; therefore, on first-read it's virtually impossible to keep track of all the characters or completely fathom all the layers of plot. That may, however, have been Downing's entire point in showing the complex rivalries between the occupational governments and the equally competitive factions within them.

Note to those who are unfamiliar with Downing's "Station" series: It might be best to read Downing's earlier novels, particularly Silesian Station and Potsdam Station: A John Russell WWII Thriller, each of which introduce supporting characters whose stories end here, before reading this one. Nevertheless, the five novels have an alternating prequel-sequel relationship, and it is not absolutely necessary to read them in any strict sequential order.
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