Potsdam Station

Potsdam Station

Book - 2010
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In April 1945, Hitler's Reich is on the verge of extinction. Assaulted by Allied bombs and Soviet shells, ruled by Nazis with nothing to lose, Berlin has become the most dangerous place on earth.

John Russell's son Paul is stationed on the Eastern Front with the German Army, awaiting the Soviets' final onslaught. In Berlin, Russell's girlfriend Effi has been living in disguise, helping fugitives to escape from Germany. With a Jewish orphan to care for, she's trying to outlast the Nazis.

Russell hasn't heard from either of them since fleeing Germany in 1941. He is desperate to find out if they're alive and to protect them from the advancing Red Army. He flies to Moscow, seeking permission to enter Berlin with the Red Army as a journalist, but when the Soviet's arrest him as a spy, things look bleak--until they find a use for him that has him parachuting into Berlin behind German lines.




From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2010
ISBN: 9781616950736
Branch Call Number: F DOW
Characteristics: 340, 15 p. ; 19 cm

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tirjan
Aug 28, 2017

Follow on to Zoo Station. It is Berlin, 1942 to 1945. British/American reporter, John Russell, and his German girlfriend, Effi, confront danger and deprivation daily as the Allies squeeze Nazi forces inward to the capital from the east, south and west. As the Reich folds, John’s reporting falls out of favor in the US and Britain so he does a deal with the devil, the Russians, in an attempt to get out of Germany.

This entire book centers around John and Effi’s attempts to stay together even as John works through underground German communist sympathizers to obtain and deliver to the Russians the German scientific plans to build an A-Bomb. Many German communist partisans are caught, tortured and killed trying to get John and Efii to Sweden. Meanwhile, there is death and destruction throughout Berlin and John is very worried about the fate of friends and his long-separated German son, Paul, who is in the east fighting the Russian war machine's merciless advance.

Good detail on Berlin at the end of the war. Suspenseful throughout.

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empbee
Jun 13, 2017

A page turner about the reunion of a British journalist and his German son and girlfriend during the last days of the Russians' entry into Berlin. Amazing details of the city.

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maipenrai
Dec 11, 2016

(The fourth book in the John Russell series)

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