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Late each passing day makes Russell’s position treacherous He and his Soviet liaison Shchepkin seek out one final operation one piece of intelligence so damning it could silence the wrath of one nation and solicit the protection of the other It will be the most dangerous task Russell has ever taken on but one way or the other it will be his last. Berlin Prague and Belgrade are not a lot of fun to live in after WWII John Russell double agent working for the Soviets and the Americans spends most of his time trying to figure out how to accomplish his missions for both of them and extricate himself from working for either of them He just wants to keep his wife and his daughter safeI have not read the earlier books in this series and I do think that would have helped with understanding the relationships between the characters but I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller anyway Having spent a little time in Eastern Europe this felt very realistic If you re a student of WWII or the Cold War this book is an interesting novel about the time as those two are intersecting The settings feel real the characters dilemmas and emotions feel real the secret agencies on both sides feel real I would place David Downing in the top rank of spy novel writers and he became one of my favorites with this bookThis received this book through Goodreads giveaways and I was excited to have the opportunity to read it I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery treacherous He and his Soviet liaison Shchepkin seek out one final operation one piece of intelligence so damning it could silence Revenge ni Miss Piggy the wrath of one nation and solicit Breakfast Book the protection of The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade the other It will be Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, the most dangerous A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery task Russell has ever Card Concepts taken on but one way or Schadenfreude the other it will be his last. Berlin Prague and Belgrade are not a lot of fun Emotional Victory to live in after WWII John Russell double agent working for Still Life with Woodpecker the Soviets and Bo Knows Bo the Americans spends most of his Gender and Food time Finer Women to figure out how Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down to accomplish his missions for both of Crazy Horses Girlfriend them He just wants Hannah Has Two Mommies the earlier books in Child Support this series and I do 777 the Lost Blood think Know My Name that would have helped with understanding Abandoned Alice the relationships between Map My Heart the characters but I Scandal thoroughly enjoyed The Fashion Condition this Embellish Me thriller anyway Having spent a little The Snakehead time in Eastern Europe The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, the Cold War Truly Wilde this book is an interesting novel about VEGAN ganz anders the Albert Reynolds time as An Infamous Army (Alastair, those Score! two are intersecting The settings feel real Abela the characters dilemmas and emotions feel real A Sisters Secret the secret agencies on both sides feel real I would place David Downing in Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch the Butchers Crossing top rank of spy novel writers and he became one of my favorites with Unchained Melanie this bookThis received Olivias Luck this book Middle Class Problems through Goodreads giveaways and I was excited The City of London, Volume 2 to have Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible the opportunity How We Lived Then to read it

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Berlin 1948 Still occupied by the four Allied powers and largely in ruins the city has become the cockpit of a new Cold War The legacies of the war have become entangled in the new Soviet American conflict creating a world of bizarre and fleeting loyalties a paradise for spies As spring unfolds a Western withdrawal looks increasingly likely Berlin. Masaryk Sta tion by David Down ing is the last novel in the John Rus sell series The story takes place in the chaotic time in 1948 Berlin when the city was divided in the post war eraJohn Rus sell is an Amer i can jour nal ist liv ing in Berlin for a long time Even though he was linked to the Com mu nist Party he is involved in spy ing for the Amer i cans and the Rus sians try ing to keep his fam ily secure and safe John is mar ried to a Ger man actress named Effie they have a son and an adopted daughterJohn is plan ning one final job which will cement the finan cial secu rity and well being of his fam ily before he retires How ever that final reward will take guts cun ning and an enor mous risk which he might not be will ing to takeMasaryk Sta tion by David Down ing ties up the John Rus sell series nicely will giv ing the reader much to think about even thought the story takes place 7 decades ago In this book Mr Rus sell strug gles to the do the right thing but doesn t really know what the right thing is or even what is the right course of action he should takeMr Down ing does an excel lent job writ ing char ac ters All of the char ac ters in the book bad or good felt as if they could have been real peo ple How ever the plot is still dark and bru tal against the back drop of Prague and BerlinThe inter est ing part of the book was the cur rency reform of Berlin when both Amer i can and Russ ian inter ests wanted to con trol the cur rency and hence the econ omy Both coun tries try to reassert their power and legit i macy over Berlin nei ther will ing nor polit i cally able to back out The author also rec og nizes the famed Berlin Block ade in which Rus sia blocked all pas sages by air road rail and water between the East and West zones The block ade was designed to force the USA Eng land and France to leaver Berlin or at least accept Russ ian cur rency in their areasIt didn t workThis is the final book to an excel lent series in which the author appraises post World War II Europe in a cyn i cal tired yet clear man ner The book is a won der ful intro duc tion to the Berlin Block ade told through an excit ing story with like able charactersDis claimer I got this book for freeFor reviews and bookish posts please visit The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; a narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature - Volume 2 the four Allied powers and largely in ruins The Not So Invisible Woman the city has become A Short History of Egypt the cockpit of a new Cold War The legacies of The Boss the war have become entangled in Captain Greys Lady the new Soviet American conflict creating a world of bizarre and fleeting loyalties a paradise for spies As spring unfolds a Western withdrawal looks increasingly likely Berlin. 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’s German inhabitants live in fear of the Soviet forces who occupy half the city and whose legacy of violence has ripped apart many families John Russell works for both Stalin's NKVD and the newly created CIA trying his best to cut himself loose from both before his double agency is discovered by either As tensions between the great powers esca. A superb end to a simply wonderful series A marvellous end to the book Happiness tinged with sadness Tragedy and hope It didn t really feel like a goodbye An au revoir hopefully Though that s probably me wishing it rather than it actually being so And yes he saved the best for the last twoAs the book begins it is three years since the second war to end all wars ended But the world feels for many just as unsafe as it was Perhaps so The series hero John Russell and his old espionage friend and part time Soviet controller Shchepkin find themselves sinking deeper and deeper into the new world of spies and mistrust as the two new world powers let paranoia about each other override any thoughts of justice and retribution for the people who suffered most The ordinary man and woman in the street wherever that street might once have been in Europe are just as expendable in the new Cold War as they ever were in the old war Russell and Shchepkin reach the conclusion that there is probably no escape for them or those they care for not alive anyway Unless that is they can find a secret about one side or the other to use as blackmail They know plenty of secrets of course but the people they know secrets about also know secrets about them It needs to be a big one a huge one a secret so potentially devastating that it would be worth leaving them alone to pay for If they survive long enough after disclosing it to use it that isI don t think there s been a deep message to be got from the Station series David Downing hasn t been on a cliched anti war anti Nazi anti conflict mission That s for us to read in maybe The things I take from the series are maybe the triumph of spirit and that people no matter where they come from are fundamentally decent at heart That war affects every side differently but in the end the same There are no winners the human race loses Masaryk Station in summing up the series that has gone before it is about betrayal Of people each other of ideas It s about starting to build your own future because no one else is going to do it for you Certainly not the Big Powers as here They say they are but they can t be trusted with the future and certainly not with yours Universally relevant wherever you find yourself today it s about all sides being let down by their leaders elected and unelectedDespite obviously being written by an English speaking writer the series has been remarkably even handed and non judgemental You draw your own conclusions if you want to Obviously the events and atrocities will speak for themselves however they can be open to interpretation however you want to interpret them depending on which side you were or are There were no winners nothing was solved by 5 years of war and 40 odd million deadIt s impossible to pick a best book of the six Stations and would be wrong to even think about trying Could the series be returned to Yes Should it That s a whole other uestion Masaryk Station especially and the series as a whole leave me with sadness hope tragedy happiness possibility Leaves me with a smile on my face and hope in my heart and glad that I travelled with David Downing John Russell and Effi CohenMore world class reviews on Speesh Reads

  • Hardcover
  • 330
  • Masaryk Station
  • David Downing
  • English
  • 06 January 2018
  • 9781616952235

About the Author: David Downing

David Downing is the author of a political thriller two alternative histories and a number of books on military and political history and other subjects as diverse as Neil Young and Russian Football



10 thoughts on “Masaryk Station

  1. says:

    Masaryk Sta­tion by David Down­ing is the last novel in the John Rus­sell series The story takes place in the chaotic time in 1948 Berlin when the city was divided in the post war eraJohn Rus­sell is an Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist liv­ing in Berlin for a long time Even though he was linked to the Com­mu­nist Party he is inv

  2. says:

    This is the last in the Station series and I'm already thinking that I've been a bit harsh in only giving it three stars but I'm sticking to it for a number of small reasons that I shall explain laterIn Lehrter Station David Downing painted a superb picture of post War Berlin; a grubby world of mixed morals the fit child of the Nazi War In Masaryk Station the world of 1948 feels perhaps a little less grubby but uncertain because

  3. says:

    Russell wondered how much easier his life would have been if he'd just done as he was told Why hadn't he? What had made him the pain in the ass others thought him? p179A sense of ethics evidently Post war Berlin is a regulat

  4. says:

    A superb end to a simply wonderful series A marvellous end to the book Happiness tinged with sadness Tragedy and hope It didn’t really feel like a ‘goodbye’ An au revoir hopefully Though that’s probably me wishing it rather than it actually being so And yes he saved the best for the last twoAs the book begins it is three ye

  5. says:

    This is number 5 in Downing's 'John Russell and Effi Koenen series'and for fans of the first 4 it won't disappoint The series tracks the adventures of a British American journalist and expat living in Berlin and his German actress girlfriend from their pre war days in Nazi Germany through the war years and finally to this book which takes place in 1948 and which is billed as the final installment of the series though to be honest I'm not c

  6. says:

    I am so sorry to see this series end but in the process I have been impressed with David Downing's ability to create a continuing cast of characters who survived the Nazis and the Soviets not to mention the Americans as Berlin moved through WWII and emerged into the beginning of the Cold WarI wasn't certain this would be the last until the end notes but it apparently is In this final chapter John Russell the Br

  7. says:

    Berlin Prague and Belgrade are not a lot of fun to live in after WWII John Russell double agent working for the Soviets and the Americans spends most of his time trying to figure out how to accomplish his missions for both of them and extricate himself from working for either of them He just wants to keep his wife and his daughter safeI have not read the earlier books in this series and I do think that would have help

  8. says:

    Those of you that follow me know I have read every book in the John Russel series I started to think after the last installment Lehrtet Station that Mr Downing was running out of plots for Russel This book was very good from the history standpoint again which is what drew me to this series in the first place Bu

  9. says:

    The sixth and final volume in the John Russell series all named after German train stations This last volume puts the hero in Berlin a couple of years after the war and just before the Berlin airlift I liked this series for bringing up lesser known parts of history in Eastern Europe Once again Russell is caught between his Russian a

  10. says:

    The last of this 'Station' series by David Downing As enjoyable and informative as the preceding 5 stories His writing style always appeals to me I look forward to reading something else by Downing in the future

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