The Blind Spy

The Blind Spy

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by Alex Dryden
     
 

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“Alex Dryden is a writer who can please everyone from fans of old le Carré to students of current affairs.”
 —James Grippando, New York Times bestselling author of Afraid of the Dark

“Ex-KGB Colonel Anna Resnikov is a terrific heroine.”
 —Phillip Margolin, New York Times

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“Alex Dryden is a writer who can please everyone from fans of old le Carré to students of current affairs.”
 —James Grippando, New York Times bestselling author of Afraid of the Dark

“Ex-KGB Colonel Anna Resnikov is a terrific heroine.”
 —Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Supreme Justice

“Alex Dryden is the real thing. If he got any realer, he would step out of the pages and physically punch you, with both elegance and regret.”
—Hugh Laurie, star of “House”

An author whom the Richmond Times Dispatch calls, “the next John le Carré,” Alex Dryden returns with The Blind Spy—the third book in his critically acclaimed espionage fiction series featuring Anna Resnikov, formerly of the KGB in Moscow. One of the most intriguing female protagonists in contemporary fiction, Anna is back in the rifle sights of her former masters as she races to expose Russia’s plot to destabilize the Ukraine and retake their former territory. A story almost literally ripped from the headlines, The Blind Spy is a gripping, smart adventure that crackles with authentic modern spycraft—an absolute must-read for fans of John le Carré, Alex Berenson, Martin Cruz Smith’s Arkady Renko series, spy novel and geopolitical thriller devotees, and for any readers interested in what’s really going on in the “new Russia.”

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The pseudonymous Dryden’s personal knowledge and experience of both the British security services and Russia’s intelligence apparatus informs his fine third entry (after 2010’s Moscow Sting) in a series grounded less in physical action than in the twisting intellectual gamesmanship that makes the shadow world of espionage so compelling. Anna Resnikov, a former KGB colonel who defected to the British, works for Cougar, the largest private intelligence agency in the world, which is run by ex-CIA legend Burt Miller. The CIA enlists Cougar as part of several operations designed to uncover Russian deceit in Ukraine. Into the mix of superspies comes Gen. Valentin Viktorov, head of Russia’s secretive Department S, whose son, Balthasar, is the intelligence service’s most accomplished agent, despite being blind from birth. Russia’s plan to take over Ukraine lies at the heart of the chess-like machinations that consume the characters in this intricate and deadly struggle for international domination. Agent: Peter Matson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Mar.)
Suspense Magazine
"The unbelievable becomes believable...as we wade through scenes of terror, and scenes of terrifying ordinariness that serve to add to the tension."
Albuquerque Journal
“Anna Resnikov is the kind of spy a reader can learn to like. A lot.... Alex Dryden’s thriller presents Anna’s combat skills, her spy-smarts and a chess match involving the top spies of the United States and Russia.”
Suspense magazine
“The unbelievable becomes believable...as we wade through scenes of terror, and scenes of terrifying ordinariness that serve to add to the tension.”
Shelf Awareness
“Anna is a refreshing addition to the traditionally male-dominated role of spy. She’s believably crafted...simultaneously exhibiting strength and intelligence.... [Witten] with rich, distinct characters and timely subject matter. The time invested in reading The Blind Spy is definitely time well spent.”
Booklist
“Another tantalizingly plausible plot. . . . Dryden is building an impressive list of post–Cold War espionage fiction, and [there is] much to enjoy in his latest.”
USA Today
“It’s boots on the ground in Ukraine, considered the cradle of Russian civilization, in this chilling novel that reminds us that the Cold War may never be over; third in a knockout series.
Richmond Times-Dispatch
“His thrillers are an extended clarion call to arms, despite their spy-thriller guise. And as guises go, Dryden’s books are doozies. They’re exceptionally intelligent examples of the genre. The American publication...is particularly timely..... Brace yourself, Mr. Dryden. You’re likely to be a busy writer for many years.”
Bookreporter.com
“A story almost literally ripped from the headlines...gripping, smart adventure that crackles with authentic modern spycraft—an absolute must-read for fans of John le Carré, Alex Berenson, Martin Cruz Smith’s Arkady Renko series...and for any readers interested in what’s really going on in the “new Russia.”
Library Journal
When Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin said, "Ukraine is not even a state," he expressed a view commonly held in his country. In Dryden's third espionage thriller (after Red to Black and Moscow Sting), an election is impending in the embattled country. With Putin's blessing, the patriotiy—a cadre of unreconciled Cold Warriors—sets out to undermine Ukraine's independence. Ex-KGB colonel Anna Resnikov, who now works for the private intelligence agency Cougar, takes on the near impossible task of stopping them. Lined up against her is Balthasar, a blind man who possesses a sixth sense for what others think. Anna and Balthasar share a tangled past: whose side will he join now? VERDICT With a plot as current as today's headlines, Dryden's latest is as good as her previous two novels, which is saying a lot. In a series like this, the backstory often smothers new exposition; that's not the case here. While Anna's past matters, this exceptional novel stands on its own. Aficionados of spy thrillers will want. [See Prepub Alert, 9/19/11.]—David Keymer, Modesto, CA
Kirkus Reviews
The U.S.S.R. has spun off into its various republics, but Putin's Russia is having second thoughts about its loss of the Ukraine. In the midst of a plot to find a pretext for re-conquest, a blind man named Balthasar spies for the Russians. Balthasar has considerable insights that amply compensate for his lack of vision. That he can sense who approaches him and that he knows when a particular person wears blue clothing strains credulity, but readers can suspend disbelief for a while. It's all about "the fallibility of those who trust their eyes," he says. A long-lost half sibling named Anna Resnikov is a more interesting character. She works for Cougar Intelligence Applications, a commercial firm that is CIA-like, right down to its abbreviation. She is a former KGB agent who defected to the West because...well, because. Author Dryden (a pseudonym) displays considerable knowledge of Russia and the Black Sea area and sketches believable pictures of cities like Sevastopol. He's wordy, though, and seems to have an ongoing love affair with adverbs, for example, "Burt said breezily," "Burt replied stolidly" and "Burt said magnanimously." But the characters and the plot are intelligent, with a series of twists and surprises right to the end. A climactic scene with Anna and a train is especially spectacular and satisfying. It's good to see an East-West spy game that's developed beyond the Cold War Clancy clashes of the last century. A decent book that could have been better, but thriller aficionados will enjoy the complex tale regardless.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062088093
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/20/2012
Series:
Anna Rensikov , #3
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
151,216
File size:
886 KB

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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The Blind Spy 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Makes you wonder how the "dark side" really operates!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is as if Putin read this book then put together his plan to take back the Ukraine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intricate thriller which keeps you guessing!
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The story was good but the book jumped around too quickly. Had to flip back and forth to keep straight what was happening and to who. Other wise a good read the story was good and I really liked the characters
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lots of suspense but jumped around from country to country too quickly. Had to flip back to see who was there and why.
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Amazing