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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (187 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Downing Narrator: Simon Vanc Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The John Russell Series Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Downing vividly portrays the poignant process of war-scarred Europeans struggling to rebuild lives in the ashes of a nearly destroyed city…A powerful look at the human side of postwar reconstruction.”


  • “Outstanding…Philip Kerr and Alan Furst fans will be pleased.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Downing does a masterful job of exploring life in postwar Berlin and London…impressive.”

    Library Journal

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ryan | 2/17/2014

    " Lehrer Station was probably the weakest of Downing's book in the John Russell series. The book wrapped up very quickly in the last 20 pages, but the quick ending set the stage for future novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Naomi | 1/29/2014

    " John Russell and Effi are back in Berlin, which is not the Berlin they loved before the war. it's divided now between the Americans, Russians, French, and British. amid the ruins they renew old acquaintances, they try to find people, mostly Jews, who may or may not have survived the war, and they try to track down Nazis. Russell is working for both the Soviets and the Americans, and trying to stay one step ahead of both. i had trouble putting this down because i was so interested in finding out what would happen next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stacey | 1/25/2014

    " I wrote a long-ish review here, then one of my dogs decided to check out what I was doing on my laptop and erased it. Trust me, my review was brilliant :-). Here's the summary: liked the book and the series; as other reviewers have noted, there's a lot of wrapping up of plot lines; compares favorably to Furst. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christopher Culp | 1/22/2014

    " I like Downing's books a lot, but this wasn't his best. It felt rushed in the last part, and it too obviously and overtly tried to tee up a sequel. I like that there will be another book, but this ones just sort of ended abruptly. "

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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 several 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.