by David Downing
I bought and downloaded this as soon as I had finished the previous book in the John Russell series, Zoo Station.
I didn’t find this book as enthralling as the previous one. The backdrop of Nazi Germany in the months before and immediately after the outbreak of war was interesting and believable, but the spy action didn’t get me very excited and the characters, especially that of the ‘hero’ John Russell, are starting to be unexciting. I also find it totally unconvincing that he buys a car and then proceeds to drive everywhere, including around Berlin. Surely travelling by tram would be more expedient, more affordable and, above all, less conspicuous.
Downing would do well to have his text proof-read by someone who understands German. Unnecessary typos or grammatical errors spoiled my enjoyment somewhat. ‘Das deutsche Post’….?
I may not bother to read any more in this series. Stettin Station, Potsdam Station, Lehrer Station and Masaryk Station have been published so far.