Moscow Sting

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Overview

Former British spy Finn is dead, poisoned by a Russian assassin, and his ex-boss, the chief of MI6, wants vengeance . . . and answers. Finn's widow, Anna Resnikov, holds the key to the secrets to his death and to her motherland—but the onetime KGB colonel, who betrayed her country for love, vanished with their child shortly after Finn's murder.

The CIA also wants Anna, as does the powerful private American intelligence company Cougar. She's in the KGB's crosshairs as well—the ...

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Overview

Former British spy Finn is dead, poisoned by a Russian assassin, and his ex-boss, the chief of MI6, wants vengeance . . . and answers. Finn's widow, Anna Resnikov, holds the key to the secrets to his death and to her motherland—but the onetime KGB colonel, who betrayed her country for love, vanished with their child shortly after Finn's murder.

The CIA also wants Anna, as does the powerful private American intelligence company Cougar. She's in the KGB's crosshairs as well—the only person who knows the true identity of the Kremlin insider and double agent known as Mikhail, whose knowledge of Russia's obscure intentions for its newfound oil wealth is coveted by the West. With friend and foe alike closing in, Anna must uncover a shocking truth before anyone else does. What's at stake is her freedom . . . and the life of her innocent child.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
British author Dryden's poignant portrayal of Anna Resnikov, a KGB colonel who forsook her country to marry a former MI6 agent, Finn, powers this intense sequel to his 2009 debut, Red to Black. After a Russian assassin poisons Finn in Paris and delivers his body to the British embassy in Berlin three days later, Anna goes on the run with her young son by Finn. She becomes a pawn in a deadly game involving numerous intelligence agencies and contractors who recognize that only she knows the identity of Mikhail, a ghostlike double agent who's close to Vladimir Putin and possesses invaluable information about the "new" Russia--specifically its strategies to do with its substantial Siberian oil riches--that could dramatically affect the world's balance of power. While the breakneck pacing and serpentine plot will satisfy espionage fans, the ingenuity and insight that Anna displays in her desperate plight leave a more lasting impression than all the spy machinations. (Aug.)
The Economist
“Prescient . . . Red to Black depicts a frightening and ruthless Russia, which answers to nobody.”
Booklist (starred review)
“Dryden follows up his superb debut, Red to Black (2009), with a riveting sequel... Red to Black reinvigorated the classic Cold War espionage genre. Moscow Sting, with its clever, devious, conflicted characters, its tension and verisimilitude, and its complex but fully plausible plot, is every bit as good.”
World Magazine
“Engaging and fast-paced thriller.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Moscow Sting suggests [Dryden] has finished the crossover from journalist to full-fledged thriller writer. Keep an eye on Dryden. If he continues to infuse the genre with serious political insights and warnings, he could be the next John le Carré.”
Phillip Margolin
“MOSCOW STING is a gripping, action-packed insider’s view of modern day espionage with a clever twist at the end. Ex-KGB Colonel Anna Resnikov is a terrific heroine, who I hope will return with future adventures.”
James Grippando
“Alex Dryden is a writer who can please everyone from fans of old LeCarre to students of current affairs. MOSCOW STING is a thought-provoking and entertaining follow up to the terrific Red to Black. No sophomore slump here.”
Lisa Black
“Hands down, one of the most convincing spy stories you’ll ever read.”
From the Publisher
"Red to Black reinvigorated the classic Cold War espionage genre. Moscow Sting...is every bit as good." —-Booklist Starred Review
Booklist
"Dryden follows up his superb debut, Red to Black (2009), with a riveting sequel... Red to Black reinvigorated the classic Cold War espionage genre. Moscow Sting, with its clever, devious, conflicted characters, its tension and verisimilitude, and its complex but fully plausible plot, is every bit as good."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400166275
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Dryden is the pseudonym of a British writer who worked for the British security services. He has had extensive first-hand experience with Russia for many years. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Red to Black and Moscow Sting. The Blind Spy is his third novel.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

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    It Stung Me

    Moscow Sting is a fairly typical spy novel, but well-written and entertaining as expected for a good one. The characters are believable and the plot interesting and well-timed. I liked it enough to get the first in the series.

    57 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Anonymous

    Hardly any of these "reviews" were about the book itself. Rather, they were about people's dissatisfaction with the Friday freebies...yet y'all still gave stars to this book, stars that had nothing to do with your opinion about the book but that rated your opinion about Friday's freebie selections. So now the book has a star rating that is deceptively bad. Please rate books on their own merits, not on gripes with B&N.

    20 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    Good story, great read ...and it was free! I love it!

    Good story, great read ...and it was free! I love it!

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    I think this book is great

    Iove books like this for free xfriday

    8 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Well written, great research, topical for today's world politics

    Well written, great research, topical for today's world politics, and suspenseful. I recommend Alex Dryden' book to others and plan to purchase Red to Black and The Blind Spy.

    p.s. I found myself thinking about getting back to the book when I was away from it. What could be better than that?

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Don't bother

    I tried to read this book three different times only to end up falling asleep. I seldom give up on a book before the first 100 pages, but I made an exception for this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    So So

    The ending was the best part, but getting there seemed to take forever! For a book with less than 350 pages it sure seemed long and drawn out. Never really grabbed my attention.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Spy Novel for Our Times

    This tale of espionage is fully updated to the realm of espionage today. Its fantastic.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Complaints

    It is not necessary to complain about a FREE BOOK. It could be for promotion for a new author or something readers may like to read. It's absolutely ridiculous if they put out a popular book for free that makes them money...if you want the Hunger Games-by it like other people because it's worth getting...not because its just free. Learn to thank they even have a free friday option on books and nothin at all.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    do not recommend

    I did not enjoy this book at all, I got to page 50 and that was it. Glad it was a free book, would have been really bummed if I had to pay for it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

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    Intriguing

    Thanks for the opportune to try new genres/authors!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Hi

    Should i buy

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Is this a good book?

    I cant find a review about the book its just complaing about the selection of free friday books. Is it apoprite for a 12 yr old?

    1 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    book was okay, I thought the ending was a little anti-climatic f

    book was okay, I thought the ending was a little anti-climatic for all the build up. i will say that it did grab my attention but was a slow read. if you get through the first half of the book then it will keep your interested.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Good!

    Very good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Great read!

    Thanks B&N!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Gg

    Hh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Liked the story

    I liked the story, but for me it was hard to get into the book until I was about half way through it. I do think I will like the 3rd book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Good read. Abrupt ending.

    I really enjoyed the book but...the ending was so abrupt and occurred so suddenly, I was left with such disappointment. I felt like he spent so much time and research on the whole book, that when it came to the end he was suddenly in a hurry and had to finish the book immediately. I don't get it. I would easily have read his other books. That's how much I enjoyed it. But I don't want to be taken through another story only to come up so short in the end. It was like readus interruptus! Tell me, do his others end like this one did?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Good read

    This book was a good read. The plot twists near the end were wellthought out.

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