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" Zoo Station is a beautifully crafted and compelling thriller with a heart-stopping ending as John Russell learns the personal faces of good and evil. An unforgettable read."-Charles Todd, author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge series Praise for previous books by David Downing: "The author combines his erudition with an excellent political imagination. He writes well, clearly and has a nice wit."- The Sunday Times (London) "An atmospheric thriller . . . furious pacing."- Booklist "An elegant rapid-fire spy story."- The Virginian-Pilot "Compulsive reading."- The Sunday Telegraph (London) By 1939, Anglo-American journalist John Russell has spent over a decade in Berlin, where his son lives with his mother. He writes human-interest pieces for British and American papers, avoiding the investigative journalism that could get him deported. But as World War II approaches, he faces having to leave his son as well as his girlfriend of several years, a beautiful German starlet. When an acquaintance from his old communist days approaches him to do some work for the Soviets, Russell is reluctant, but he is unable to resist the offer. He becomes involved in other dangerous activities, helping a Jewish family and a determined young American reporter. When the British and the Nazis notice his involvement with the Soviets, Russell is dragged into the murky world of warring intelligence services. David Downing grew up in suburban London and is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction for adults and children, including The Moscow Option, Russian Revolution 1985, and The Red Eagles. He lives with his wife, an American acupuncturist, in Guildford, England. From the Hardcover edition.

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Zoo Station
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4 / 5
Tension without histrionics.
April 5th, 2014
Looking forward to the next John Russell adventure.
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Zoo Station
February 22nd, 2014
A solid contribution to the series. Clever segues from one title to another.
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Zoo Station
December 24th, 2013
An interesting story of pre war Germany and the gradual takeover of the country by the Nazis. Life was full of fear...scary
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Good first book.
October 10th, 2013
Great start to the series. Quick read too.
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