Search Results: "David Downing"


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DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

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ONE MAN'S FLAG by David Downing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"The book builds in interest and intensity as, bolstered by nuanced historical color, the protagonists grow in complexity."
Against the backdrop of the first world war, a master spy's reunion with an old flame threatens to burn him to a crisp. Read full book review >

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DAVID BOWIE by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2011

"Bowie nerds will love it, and music nerds will admire it; regular nerds and most others will think it's about 150 pages too long."
Everything you always wanted to know about the Thin White Duke. Everything. Read full book review >

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DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >

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ZOO STATION by David Downing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Smooth, scary wartime thriller drenched in period atmosphere, from Downing (The Red Eagles, 1987, etc.)."
A British reporter in Berlin attracts offers from all sides while Hitler prepares to gobble up Czechoslovakia. Read full book review >

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MASARYK STATION by David Downing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2013

"Will Russell want to face another narrow scrape? By every evidence, this ends the series—but Downing seems to leave room for another adventure. Stay tuned."
Downing returns with another taut tale of espionage as World War II shades deeper into the Cold War and good guys get harder to tell from bad. Read full book review >

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LEHRTER STATION by David Downing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2012

"A pleasure for fans of the series, though newcomers will want to make their way to the beginning and read Russell's adventures in sequence."
John Russell has survived World War II. Now things get difficult. Read full book review >

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POTSDAM STATION by David Downing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2011

"A wide canvas painted with broad strokes. What suspense there is lies in the protagonist's endgame, with atomic secrets up his sleeve and his loved ones' lives in peril."
The fourth in Downing's World War II "station" series (Stettin Station, 2010, etc.) finds journalist-spy John Russell making a Faustian pact with the Russians poised to invade Berlin, where his girlfriend Effi and son Paul struggle to survive the Reich's final days. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"The subtitle is a stretch, but the densely plotted narrative is sure to please military aficionados."
British novelist (Silesian Station, 2008, etc.) and military historian Downing focuses on three decisive weeks in 1941—from Nov. 17 to Dec. 8—leading to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Read full book review >

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JACK OF SPIES by David Downing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"This first installment of a proposed series by the author of the six John Russell novels (Masaryk Station, 2013, etc.) moves deliberately but colorfully, with intelligent prose and a strong period feel."
A rookie spy gets in over his head when he's forced to choose between his assignment and the dynamic woman he's fallen for. Read full book review >

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SILESIAN STATION by David Downing
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2008

"A modicum of period tension, but the real pleasure is the close-up view of daily life in the darkening Reich."
An Anglo-American reporter spies for three nations in the last days of Hitler's countdown to war. Read full book review >