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Downing, David 1946-

Works: 111 works in 654 publications in 8 languages and 24,052 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Historical fiction  Spy fiction  History  Juvenile works  Thrillers (Fiction)  War fiction  Miscellanea  Alternative histories (Fiction)  Action and adventure fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6054.O868, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by David Downing
Jack of spies by David Downing( Book )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in English and held by 1,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is 1913, and those who follow the news closely can see the world is teetering on the brink of war. Jack McColl, a Scottish car salesman with an uncanny ear for languages, has always hoped to make a job for himself as a spy. As his sales calls take him from city to great city--Hong Kong to Shanghai to San Francisco to New York--he moonlights collecting intelligence for His Majesty's Navy, but British espionage is in its infancy and Jack has nothing but a shoestring budget and the very tenuous protection of a boss in far-away London. He knows, though, that a geopolitical catastrophe is brewing, and now is both the moment to prove himself and the moment his country needs him most. Unfortunately, this is also the moment he begins to realize what his aspiration might cost him. He understands his life is at stake when activities in China suddenly escalate from innocent data-gathering and casual strolls along German military concessions to arrest warrants and knife attacks. Meanwhile, a sharp, vivacious American suffragette journalist has wiled her way deep into his affections, and it is not long before he realizes that her Irish-American family might be embroiled in the Irish Republican movement Jack's bosses are fighting against. How can he choose between his country and the woman he loves? And would he even be able to make such a choice without losing both?"--
Zoo Station : a novel by David Downing( Book )

26 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When an American journalist living in 1939 Germany agrees to write articles for the Soviets, he gets dragged into dangerous activities and is sought by warring factions when British and Nazi intelligence discover his actions
One man's flag by David Downing( Book )

19 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 1,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Spring 1915. As the Great War burns its way across Europe, Jack McColl, a spy for His Majesty's Navy, is stationed in India, charged with defending the Empire against Bengali terrorists and their German allies. In England, meanwhile, suffragette journalist Caitlin Hanley begins the business of rebuilding her life after the execution of her brother, an Irish republican sympathizer whose plot Jack McColl--Caitlin's ex-lover--had foiled. The war is changing everything, and giving fresh impulse to those causes--feminism, socialism and Irish independence--which she as a journalist has long supported. The threat of a Rising in Dublin alarms McColl's bosses as much as it dazzles Caitlin. It was one Irish plot which came between Jack and Caitlin in 1914, and it will take another to bring them back together, as both enemies and lovers"--
Lehrter station by David Downing( Book )

21 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paris, November 1945. John Russell is walking home along the banks of the Seine on a cold and misty evening when Soviet agent Yevgeny Shchepkin falls into step alongside him. Shchepkin tells Russell that the American intelligence will soon be asking him to undertake some low grade espionage on their behalf--assessing the strains between different sections of the German Communist Party--and that Shchepkin's own bosses in Moscow want him to accept the task and pass his findings on to them. He adds that refusal will put Russell's livelihood and life at risk, but that once he has accepted it, he'll find himself even further entangled in the Soviet net. It's a lose-lose situation. Shchepkin admits that his own survival now depends on his ability to utilize Russell. The only way out for the two of them is to make a deal with the Americans. If they can come up with something the Americans want or need badly enough, then perhaps Russell will be forgiven for handing German atomic secrets over to Moscow and Shchepkin might be offered the sort of sanctuary that also safeguards the lives of his wife and daughter in Moscow. Every decision Russell makes now is a dangerous one"--
Sealing their fate : the twenty-two days that decided World War II by David Downing( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evaluates the military campaigns of the Axis powers during the twenty-two days between late November and early December of 1941, and how the outcome of those campaigns affected World War II for each side
Masaryk Station by David Downing( Book )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Berlin, 1948. Still occupied by the four Allied powers and largely in ruins, the city has become the cockpit of a new Cold War. The legacies of the war have become entangled in the new Soviet-American conflict, creating a world of bizarre and fleeting loyalties--a paradise for spies. Meanwhile, Berlin's German inhabitants live in fear of the Soviet forces who occupy half the city. John Russell works for both Stalin's NKVD and the newly created CIA, trying his best to cut himself loose from both before his double-agency is discovered by either. As tensions between the great powers escalate, each passing day makes Russell's position more treacherous. He and his Soviet liaison, Shchepkin, seek out one final operation--one piece of intelligence so damning it could silence the wrath of one nation and solicit the protection of the other. It will be the most dangerous task Russell has ever taken on, but one way or the other, it will be his last.--From publisher description
Potsdam station by David Downing( Book )

23 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trapped in Berlin in the darkest days of 1945, British journalist John Russell, his girlfriend, and his son struggle to survive as the Third Reich collapses around them
Silesian station by David Downing( Book )

21 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Berlin in 1939, British journalist John Russell gets involved in multiple intrigues while working as an amateur spy for the intelligence services of assorted major powers. When Miriam Rosenfeld, a young Jewish woman dispatched from provincial Silesia by her Uncle Thomas, who's Russell's ex-brother-in-law, fails to arrive in Berlin, Thomas asks Russell to help find her
Stettin station by David Downing( Book )

20 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the fall of 1941, Anglo-American journalist John Russell is still living in Berlin, tied to the increasingly alien city by his love for two Berliners: his fourteen-year-old son Paul and his longtime girlfriend Effi. Forced to work for both German and American intelligence, he's searching for a way out of Germany. Can he escape and take Effi with him?
Lenin's roller coaster by David Downing( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Autumn 1917: As a generation of Europe's young men perish on the Eastern and Western fronts, British spy Jack McColl is assigned a sabotage mission deep in the heart of Central Asia, where German influence is strong and where he'll be in completely unfamiliar territory. Despite his uncanny ear for foreign languages, there is much he doesn't know about the cities he's to infiltrate, or the people he's to meet there. As he quickly realizes, the mission only becomes more dangerous the closer he gets to its heart. Meanwhile, the woman he loves, Irish-American suffragette journalist Caitlin Hanley, is in Bolshevik Russia, thrilled to have the chance to cover the Revolution. As the noose of anti-Russian government propaganda tightens around the American press, strangling the progressive and socialist workers' movements, the Russians seem to be making strides toward equality, women's rights, and real social change. Caitlin knows Moscow is where she is meant to be during this historic event--even if she is putting her own life at risk to bear witness. But four years of bloody war have taken their toll on all of Europe, and Jack and Caitlin's relationship may become another casualty. Caitlin's political convictions have always been for progress, feminism, and socialism--often diametrically opposed to the conservative goals of the British Empire Jack serves. Up until now, Jack and Caitlin have managed to set aside their allegiances and stay faithful to each other, but the stakes of their affair have risen too high. Can a revolutionary love a government spy? And if she does, will it cost one of them their lives? "--
The devil's virtuosos : German generals at war, 1940-5 by David Downing( Book )

24 editions published between 1977 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this study of the Second World War, the author has examined the decisive European campaigns from the point of view of German generals who exercised the greatest influence on their planning, direction, and outcome"--Jacket
The red eagles by David Downing( Book )

8 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

World War II is nearly over. For the Russians the enemy is no longer Nazi Germany, but the American behemoth. At the Kremlin, Stalin's top man hatches a plan and five years later an atomic bomb is detonated within the borders of the Soviet Union. The Red Eagles traces the adventures of two spies sent to America to steal the greatest secret of all -- the key to producing the atomic bomb -- while hiding their true intentions from their compatriots
Capitalism by David Downing( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses various aspects of capitalism, including its history and how it has affected politics, the environment, and globalization
Communism by David Downing( Book )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses various aspects of Communism, including its ideology, which countries both past and present have adopted the ideology, and what Communism might be in the future
Democracy by David Downing( Book )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses various aspects of democracy, including its history, where it is instituted, and what its strengths and weaknesses are
The dark clouds shining by David Downing( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the fourth and final installment of David Downing's spy series, Jack McColl is sent to Soviet Russia, where the civil war is coming to an end. The Bolsheviks have won but the country is in ruins
Afghanistan by David Downing( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uses primary source material to examine the history of Afghanistan and recent events that have increased its importance in the realm of world politics
Fascism by David Downing( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces the key characteristics and proponents of fascism, tracing its development from its origins to the twenty-first century, and looking at how fascism affects the lives of people who live under the system
The Moscow option : an alternative Second World War by David Downing( Book )

24 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in English and Russian and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This provocative alternate history looks at World War II from a new angle - what might have happened had the Germans taken Moscow in 1941. Based on authentic history and real possibilities, this book plays out the dramatic consequences of opportunities taken and examines the grotesque possibilities of a Third Reich triumphant. On September 30th, 1941, the Germans fight their way into the ruins of Moscow, and the Soviet Union collapses. Although Russian resistance continues, German ambition multiplies after this signal victory and offensives are launched in Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Hitler's armies, assured of success, make their leader's dreams reality, and Allied hopes of victory seem to be hopelessly doomed."--Global Books in Print
The war on terror by David Downing( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Danish and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the major conflicts associated with the War on Terror
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Zoo Station : a novel
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Alternative Names

controlled identityMonnery, David, 1946-

David Downing British writer

David Downing écrivain britannique

Downing, David fl. 1977-

Monnery, David.

Дэвид Доунинг

دافيد داوننج، 1946-

다우닝, 데이비드 1946-

ダウニング, デヴィッド

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