Thursday, October 10, 2013

Silesian Station by David Downing

In the months leading up to the German invasion of Poland a young Jewish farm girl leaves her home and family to travel to Berlin.  Fleeing the small town that has become a nightmare with the rise of National Socialism, she hopes to find a safe haven in the big city where at least hers won't be the only Jewish family in town.  The last people to see her are the other passengers on the train, perhaps the one who tells the conductor that she's Jewish, which means she cannot purchase food in the dining car which she is then asked to leave.

After she departs the train at Berlin's Silesian Station she is never seen again.

Asked to investigate her disappearance by a family friend, John Russell finds few leads.  The Berlin police have no interest in a missing Jewish girl, not with the anti-Jewish laws firmly in place and the start of war on the horizon.  Even John Russell has little time for the investigation.

Now that he holds a new American passport, John Russell is beholding to both Russian and the American intelligence, working for both as a double agent since he was forced to become a spy of sorts for the Germans in the previous book.

It's a complicated story, like all good spy novels are.

And, I'm pleased to say, it's just as good if not better than the first book, Zoo Station, was.

I think I've latched on to an excellent series.


Sandy Nawrot said...

Oh man, you are a tempter. I love spying, and I love it when there is spying against the Germans.

Anna said...

You've made me really want to read this series!