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This is the second in the series and if anything it's even better than the first, but if you're new to this, then start with Zoo Station first. Downing's complex character, John Russell, a British journalist stuck in immediately pre-war Berlin because he has a 12 year old son there with his estranged German wife. War is about to break out and he's trying to help the underground resistance movement, save a young Jewish girl and survive the advancing maelstrom. Backed up with supporting historical background and superbly narrated this is highly recommended.
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"Silesian Station" is the second in the "Station" series and without giving anything away, follows immediately on from "Zoo Station" which you really need to read first. I was new to David Downing when I was recommended "Zoo Station", and was so taken with his well researched, detailed and vivid historical picture of pre-war Berlin, that I immediately read the second.
In both books, David Downing mixes real historical events so seamlessly into the narrative that you are drawn into the story, lives and fate of the characters. For me, it's like Le Carre at his best, and this book does not disappoint on any level. As for the narration, I could listen to Simon Prebble read forever and still not get bored. He is a perfect match to this book.
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