Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Potsdam Station Takes Downing to the New York Times

David Downing, author of the World War II novel series beginning with Zoo Station, has delivered his fourth book via Soho Press. Potsdam Station brings us to April of 1945, as the journalist-turned-spy John Russel races to meet with his NKVD contact. The goal? Get back into Berlin before the Soviet Red Army's advance finishes the city - and Russel's family. Then, somehow, he'll have to save them and escape. He'll need to secure secret Nazi documents that could further Soviet atomic research to even earn his trip into Berlin, the last stronghold of the Third Reich, and if he's able to do all that, he'll still have to survive an NKVD assassin sent to keep the arrangement quiet.

Mike Ripley, novelist and contributor to January Magazine, writes "that David Downing knows his stuff is not in doubt. In addition to his fiction, he has also written Sealing Their Fate (2009), an excellent popular history of World War II.... His skill as a novelist is not in doubt either, after the Station Quartet. Downing’s grasp of atmospheric historical detail is amazing, quite as impressive as that of Alan Furst, and he plots his way through the convoluted byways of espionage with the confident tread of a Len Deighton or a John le Carré."

That's not all - Downing has gotten himself on the pages of an upcoming installment of the New York Times Book Review. Watch for it April 24th!

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