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Red to Black
     

Red to Black

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by Alex Dryden
 

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Red to Black has more in common with the elegantly paced books of John le Carré than it does with Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels. But readers who appreciate a healthy dose of real-world worries in their spy novels won’t complain.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
Gorky Park for the Putin era, Red

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Red to Black 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
After reading the sequel to this book, The Moscow Sting, I thought I would enjoy this one as much. But I was wrong. It's almost as if a different person wrote this one. It is much more of a textbook on Russian history with some spy stuff thrown in. So many names to learn, along with all those acronyms. The "thriller" aspect of the second novel is only a feint heartbeat in this one. So take a look at The Moscow Sting and forget this one. You won't miss much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot. If you like spy books or have any interest in how Russia is today, you will probably like it too. The main characters are fictional, but the government leaders of Russia are real and you get a sense of the truth behind Russia's facade of "democracy". Admittedly, it gets a little slow. It is a lot of explaining people and stories, but the way it is set up as flashbacks keeps the energy going. If all you really want is action, the second or third book in this series would suit you better. You could probably read them without reading this one even. But this one is only a dollar, and I don't think you would understand Anna very well at all without reading it. And Anna is awesome! Four stars, because it is a bit slow in the middle, but great characters, interesting plot, and intriguing insight into the cold power of Russia today. I really loved the whole series. Quick summary. Anna Resnikov is a colonel in the KGB, while Finn is a British spy. After being assigned by their respective countries to seduce information from each other, Anna and Finn begin to fall in love. But now Finn is missing, and Anna has to choose between her love for Finn and her love for a Russia that no longer exists, morphed and destroyed by its new government under Putin and the KGB elite.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1999 Moscow, Russian FSB intelligence Colonel Anna, daughter of a KGB spymaster meets Finn, a British M16 operative who allegedly is a trade secretary, but everyone in the field knows his real vocation, which he does not bother to conceal. He is aware of who's who like his peers are. He knows who Anna is and she knows who he is. Each is aware of the Putin "Plan". Finn arranges for his return to England where he retires; knowing full well the suspicious Russians will not believe he is out of the cold. Like Pavlov's dogs, Putin's KGB followers want to know what they deem a ruse so they send his former Muscovite lover Anna to seduce him in London in order to extract his high level Russian contact. Over the years the two spies make love and elude war as they dream of a life together without lies but eventually unravel a scheme to launder money that supports the Putin Plan. The espionage scenes are incredibly terrific as the focus on international fiancés by the FSB will stun the audience as Alex Dryden enables the reader to look into Putin's eyes and see a ruthless soul. The romantic subplot pales in comparison to the big picture schemes although watching two people in love lie to each other with the knowledge the other knows makes for an intriguing courtship. Although the writing at times feels stilted, readers will enjoy the frightening Red to Black as the audience obtains a deep look at a merciless Russia during the beginning of the Bush Administration. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If one is interested in Russia/U.S. intelligence operations-- this is a must read. Great start in a 4 book series!
Meisha More than 1 year ago
I struggled to finish the book as the plot was "dragging" and the characters, Anna and Finn were boring. The overall story could have been thrillng and ruthless based on the KGB, Putin and Russia.
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slatsdawson More than 1 year ago
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