Potsdam Station

Potsdam Station

Book - 2011
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"April 1945. Hitler's Reich is on the verge of extinction, and its enemies are already plotting against each other. Assaulted by Allied bombs and Soviet shells, ruled by Nazis with nothing to lose, Berlin has become the most dangerous place on earth. Anglo-American journalist John Russell has travelled to Moscow, having escaped from Berlin in 1941 as America entered the war following the attack on Pearl Harbour. Russell's eighteen-year-old son Paul, born to a German mother, is on the Oder front line, awaiting the final Soviet onslaught, ready to retreat towards Berlin, and resigned to the certain prospect of either death or imprisonment. Inside Berlin, Russell's girlfriend Effi has a Jewish orphan to care for, and the Gestapo on her trail. The advancing Red Army promises liberation, but is also seeking retribution, particularly from German women. To find and save his son and girlfriend, Russell must reach Berlin no later than the Red Army. But only the Soviets can get him there, and the price of their help will threaten both his and the world's future."--Fantastic Fiction website.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2011
Branch Call Number: FICTION DOW
Characteristics: 340 p. ; 24 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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