‘Moon Over Berlin’ chapter alert and author’s notes —

The end of Book 2! Juliette is fighting off a stalking KGB officer. She’s injured and doesn’t know if she can make it to the Duty Train in time. Meanwhile, Dima is losing it. When Russian soldiers surround the train, he knows he’s caught.

Next stop, Athens? That’s the plan, unless Peltsin’s schemes work out!

Author’s Notes:

As a corn-fed midwestern boy much like Ian, I was entirely unfamiliar with trains when I arrived in Berlin. I’d never ridden one and thought of them as old-fashioned holdovers from the 19th century. The Duty Train was my first experience with rail transport. I learned to love the overnight journey to Frankfurt. Soviet soldiers really did surround the train at checkpoints, and I could some sometimes listen in. Unlike Dima, I had no reason to freak out.

Drinking alcohol on the platform or on the train was strictly forbidden. Signs were posted everywhere. That never stopped anyone that I noticed. Getting drunk on the Duty Train was an honorable tradition.

I was sort of shocked to learn WHY the lavatories were not supposed to be used in stations. The contents dropped directly onto the tracks. The photo of the sleeper car in the story was taken by the child of a soldier stationed in West Germany who frequently rode the Duty Train to West Berlin for weekend getaways.

Just as a reminder, divided Berlin was located in eastern East Germany, hours from the West German border.

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