Masaryk Station Berlin 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 c

  • Title: Masaryk Station
  • Author: David Downing
  • ISBN: 9781616952235
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 s German inhabitaBerlin, 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 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 escalate, 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.

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    1. 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 era.John Rus­sell is an Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist liv­ing in Berlin for a long time. Even though he was linked to the Com­mu­nist Party he is involved in spy­ing for the Amer­i­cans and the Rus­sians try­ing to keep his fam­ily secure and safe. John is mar­ried to a Ger­man actress named Effie, they [...]

    2. 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 later.In "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 more uncertain because of the political game the Soviets are playing. It was [...]

    3. 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 (two).As 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 more so. The series’ ‘hero’ John R [...]

    4. 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 convinced Downing doesn't still have another one up his [...]

    5. 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 War.I wasn't certain this would be the last until the end notes, but it apparently is. In this final chapter, John Russell, the British-American journalist and double agent, his actress wife Effi and their a [...]

    6. 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 safe.I 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 thor [...]

    7. 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. But that being said this should be the end I would think. Also I must say that my impressions of neutrality politically was different this time and it was starting to bother me. I feel t [...]

    8. 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 and American handlers

    9. 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.

    10. Good but not great addition (finale?) to the John Russell spy series. Not quite up to the earlier works. Maybe the Ruskies just aren't as compelling a villain as the Gestapo.

    11. Summary:John Russell, an American journalist, has been living and working in Berlin since before World War II. He was linked to the Communist party in his early years. He was briefly married to a German citizen and they had a son named Paul. John Russell, and his long-time companion is a German actress named Effi. They adopted a young girl orphaned by the war, her name is Rosa. Through out the Station series John Russell, has been involved in espionage, he's struggled with each opposing side, he [...]

    12. This, the sixth and last book of Downing’s ‘Station’ series, is probably as good as the others. (But I think the first, Zoo Station, is the best of the lot.) It does take a hundred pages before anything suspenseful, thrilling or dramatic occurs but the last two hundred plus pages do not disappoint, ending in a crescendo of lethal conflict resolution. Events unfold in the post-war European hangover of WW2. The Soviet Union has laid claim to all of Eastern Europe, creating puppet ‘socialis [...]

    13. A very satisfying end to the series, although still leaving me with a wish for a more detailed epilogue that told us more about the rest of the cast's lives. As with the others there is a lot of history being told here, Downing does his research and then puts it on the page. Although one obvious lack was the bit about copying a film where the story goes straight from copying to playback without going through the development process. This is in an era where chemical processing was needed to view [...]

    14. This is the concluding volume of the John Russell series which takes place over the decade which begins with prewar Berlin and ends with Partition of Berlin in 1949. The last volume is particularly evocative of the times of four power occupation of the city. Downing writes with historical accuracy and weaves an interesting plot for Russell and his companion Effi. Read this series from the beginning to avoid spoilers which do crop up even as early as the second book. I gave this volume the highes [...]

    15. This is the 6th and last book in David Downing's WWII series. The books begin before the war, run through it, and end in the first years after the war. The concluding book sets the stage for the Berlin Wall and the circling of the entire country. The actually Mauer to be built after the end of this novel.Overall I enjoyed the series with it's focus on the people of Berlin and it's seemingly open structure of composition. The fifth book is also good, but the author's maneuvering to set up a cut o [...]

    16. The last of a series of books that take a series of characters, both British and German from the rise of the Nazis through to the beginning of the Cold War. The series compares favorably to both Alan Furst's novels and the Bernie Gunther series, with this volume being more firmly in the espionage genre than any of the previous ones.This volume was a bit more confusing because of the variety of initials and acronyms of organizations that rose to prominence in post-war Germany (although the author [...]

    17. With this, the sixth novel in the John Russell series, David Downing brings to a finale the chronicle covering the years between the World Wars, those following the collapse of Nazi Germany. It has been quite a journey, with Russell having served as a double agent for both the Soviets and Americans, certainly as dangerous as an existence can be. Each of the novels reflected the times and the clashes of the ideological differences between the two countries.In the final book, the story of a divide [...]

    18. +++Indications are that this is the last of the John Russell series which is too bad. JR is once caught between his two masters, the Soviets & their satellites and the Anglo/Americans, trying to still be a reporter while maintaining a family and their & his own freedom. He starts out in Trieste, then to Budapest, & then to Prague where nothing ever seems to go right. Despite several threats to his life as well as Effi's & Rosa's he manages to obtain permission to leave Berlin.+++ [...]

    19. Book abandoned due to obscene and graphic opening. I had not read any books in this series and would not pick up any book written by this author again. I had recently read a couple of "Berlin" postwar books and that is how I put myself in the position to be subjected to such a horrendous first chapter.

    20. This series has got quite repetitive. More meetings on benches, close escapes at borders, its got a bit boringAttention to detail let down too - managing to copy a film without any need for processing or developing it? Video tape hadn't been invented in 1948 methinks?

    21. So, farewell then,John Russell and Effi Koenen.You had a lot of adventuresWith nasty NazisAnd rascally RussiansAnd arrogant AmericansAnd bumbling Brits,But things generally worked out okA few pages later.

    22. Onto the final chapter of the station series. its 1948 & the Nazis are long gone.? Leaving jus the allies entanglement to deal with in Berlin. Must admit after the prior read I preferred the premise of the stories set in pre-war/WWII era as opposed to the beginnings of the cold war which the series has run on into so in a way I was glad to see this is the last in the series. However that said, this chapter is a lot better than book 5 as we get a good mix of cold-war (Western Allies vs Russia [...]

    23. I finally got time to finish the last book in this series. I would say 3.5 to 4*, but I didn't find it as strong as a whole as the others (even though it has been a while since I read them). Having spent time in cold-war Era Berlin and some of the other settings of the book it was interesting to me, particularly the tensions that would eventually lead to the Berlin airlift and eventually the wall. The author didn't steer clear of some questionable practices on both the Russian and American side, [...]

    24. No spoiler: MASARYK STATION is, quite literally, the last stop on the line. After five previous “John Russell” thrillers with railway terminals in the titles, the series is coming to an end. It’s 1948, and Russell--sophisticated freelance journalist, former Communist and reluctant double-agent--is back in Berlin with his second family, trying to make a decent life after the destruction of the Third Reich and the city he loves. The four Allied powers are struggling for advantage in a divide [...]

    25. I've enjoyed all the other books in this series, & I expected to enjoy this one as well. Post-war Berlin is a fascinating setting, with complex power struggles & a tense situation developing as the Cold War unfolds. I expected to be gripped by a new instalment in the lives of the characters & the city of Berlin itself.But nothing is happening! What's more, what passes for a plot is sluggish with no urgency. John is out of Berlin doing something? I dunno. He does some interpreting wor [...]

    26. Masaryk Station is the sixth and final book in the John Russell and Effi Koenen ‘station’ series, which charts the couple’s lives from 1939 to 1948, most of it spent in Berlin. Russell, a former communist, worked as an American journalist, before becoming a full-time US and Russian double agent. Pre-war Effi was a German movie star before joining the underground, helping to smuggle Jews out of war-torn Germany and has now resumed her career. In this instalment they are back in Berlin with [...]

    27. This long anticipated ending of the John Russell series was the only Station I gave 3 stars. By far the weakest, IMHO, book of the 6.It might have been a station too far, so to speak. And I adored the original 4 and the 5th was nearly as good. Potsdam was a 5 star.All the books have great plodding detail in an arena where it was all about myriad connections that are nearly impossible to context or cypher between constantly changing interactions or basic identities/beliefs. Difficult, difficult n [...]

    28. I picked this book up without having first read the others in the series so bear that in mind with this review. I'm giving it three stars for the reasons below, no spoilers but some plot points are discussed.The prologue to the book isn't readdressed until page 212 and the last line of the prologue is never explained. The story the prologue sets up isn't given any more weight than any other of Russell's exploits throughout the book, it feels kinda tacked on like these exploits should have been a [...]

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