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Masaryk Station (A John Russell WWII Spy Thriller)
Masaryk Station (A John Russell WWII Spy Thriller)
David Downing
Soho Crime, 2013
330 pp., $26.95

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John Wilson

Masaryk Station

A trip worth taking.

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So far, so predictable, perhaps. But then comes this passage immediately following:

He supposed the same could be said of Christians and Christianity. Russell had been an atheist as long as he could remember, and generally he despised all religion, but there was no denying the integrity and bravery of those individual Christians who had stood up to the Nazis, and who were now either dead or languishing in concentration camps. Perhaps both Christianity and communism only worked in opposition, as inspirational ideologies for the have-nots of any particular time and place. Once the proponents of those ideologies became established in power, moral corrosion always set in.
It was not an original thought, but he was very tired. He could think up a new universal theory tomorrow, or perhaps the day after. There seemed no shortage of time.

It's a long ride from Zoo Station to Masaryk Station, but it's a journey well worth taking.

John Wilson is the editor of Books & Culture.

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