John Russell

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 365 ratings

Zoo Station Summary

By 1939, Anglo-American journalist John Russell has spent 15 years in Berlin, where his German-born son lives. He writes human-interest pieces for British and American papers, avoiding the investigative journalism that could get him deported. But as war approaches, he faces the prospect of having to leave his son and his longtime girlfriend.

Then, an acquaintance from his communist days approaches him to do some work for the Soviets. Russell is reluctant but ultimately unable to resist. He becomes involved in other dangerous activities, helping a Jewish family and an idealistic American reporter. When the British and the Nazis notice his involvement with the Soviets, Russell is dragged into the world of warring intelligence services.

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  • Book 1

    • Zoo Station

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 138
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    By 1939, Anglo-American journalist John Russell has spent 15 years in Berlin, where his German-born son lives. He writes human-interest pieces for British and American papers, avoiding the investigative journalism that could get him deported. But as war approaches, he faces the prospect of having to leave his son and his longtime girlfriend.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well plotted and absorbing story

    • By Tom on 30-11-10

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 2

    • Silesian Station

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    Summer, 1939. British journalist John Russell has just been granted American citizenship in exchange for agreeing to work for American intelligence when his girlfriend, Effi, is arrested by the Gestapo. Russell hoped his new nationality would let him safely stay in Berlin with Effi and his son, but now he's being blackmailed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Silesian Station

    • By chris on 29-01-10

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 3

    • Stettin Station

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    In the fall of 1941, Anglo-American journalist John Russell is still living in Berlin, tied to the increasingly alien city by his love for two Berliners: his 14-year-old son, Paul, and his longtime girlfriend, Effi. Forced to work for both German and American intelligence, he's searching for a way out of Germany. Can he escape and take Effi with him?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great series

    • By chris on 15-12-10

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 5

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  • Book 6

    • Masaryk Station

    • A John Russell Thriller, Book 6
    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Michael Healy
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Berlin, early 1948: The city, still occupied by the four Allied powers, still largely in ruins, has become the cockpit of a new Cold War, and as spring unfolds its German inhabitants live in fear of the Soviets enforcing a Western withdrawal. Here, as elsewhere in Europe, 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. John Russell works for both Stalin’s NKVD and the newly-created CIA. He does as little for either as he can safely get away with.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • having loved David Downing's previous books...

    • By David on 22-03-14

    Regular price: £20.29