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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. 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 of the political game the Soviets are playing It was interesting reading about a Berlin where the divisions of the times to come did not exist and which were unimaginable People seem to move around between zones with perfect freedom but also with an understanding of the undertones that exist in Soviet behaviour Abroad because that s where a lot of the action in the first half of the book takes place it is the Americans who are playing a duplicitous game just as they did in Lehrter Station They have allied themselves with former Nazi supporters in what they know will be the coming conflict with the Soviets They play a uiet role in supporting the number of escape routs that have been set up for Ukrainian Nazi supporting nationalists bloodthirsty Croat racists and for Soviet defectors Our hero John Russell is in the middle of both these worlds and thus has no illusions about either party His hands feel filthy and he would love to get outThen along comes an opportunity Something has turned up that might just provide Russell and his family with a get out of jail free ticket On the whole this was a good read marred only by the terrible grammatical errors that appear to have been thrown into the publication like spanners intended to ruin my day They are irritating and evidence of a rush into publication either that or the Soviets have been at it or those incompetent US officers that crop up in the book Without wishing to spoil the read for anyone else I do think the outcome is a little simplistic and even innocent for a book that has its feet in the realpolitik of those uncertain times Another ending would have been much realistic Oh cynic that I am

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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. 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 that Downing was trying to hard sell me on the vertues of pure Socializem in the Lenin style I m not sold that it was such a great system Also I didn t agree with the depiction of the Americans as a bunch of Buffons in Berlin post war I still give it 4 stars for Effi and John great characters and I will miss them

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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


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 involved in s

  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 th

  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 regulated chaos as loyalties are tested and the shifting fallout takes its ruthless toll In the interim between th

  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 i

  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

  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 b

  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 Americ

  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 fro

  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 and American handlers

  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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