A John Russell Mystery by David Downing
Review: Prior to the outbreak of war in Europe, John Russell was a British foreign correspondent in Germany, where he had been living for a number of years. When it became apparent that Germany was going to declare war on England, John took his son on a vacation to America. While there he decided to obtain a passport and citizenship papers for both Paul and himself. The Intelligence Department requested in return, and if possible, that he supply them with knowledge, overt or covert, concerning Germany's movement towards the war, which he agreed to. Fast forward to the present, 1948. Russell, still living in Germany, is now a double agent for America's new CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) and Stalin's NKVD (People's Commissanat Internal Affairs). Since the end of the war, although the city is in a state of ruins, Berlin has been occupied by the four Allied Powers. With all the chaos, Berlin has become a breeding ground for spies, counter spies, theft, rape and murder. It is also developing into an arena for a what would be known to history as the Cold War. Russell and his Soviet liaison, Shchepkin, want to find a way to cut themselves loose and return to their families before their roles are discovered. As the tension between Allied Powers grow, especially between the Soviets and Americans, each day becomes a little more treacherous. The two men need to complete one final operation. Although it will be of great risk to Russell, Shchepkin and their families, if they can make it work they will be free at last.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Masaryk Station.
Acknowledgment: Soho Press provided an ARC of Masaryk Station for this review.
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Jack of Spies
Location(s) referenced in Masaryk Station: Berlin, Germany
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Masaryk Station by David Downing — A John Russell Mystery
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