"If Brian Freemantle isn't the best writer of spy novels around, he's certainly, along with John le Carré, in the top two. . . . It doesn't get much better than this." ---The Philadelphia Inquirer
In a botched escape from Russia, MI5 spy Charlie Muffin is seized by the FSB, Russia's intelligence-service successor to the infamous KGB. Charlie is Russia's long-term target in British counter-intelligence, and Moscow is determined to extract, by whatever means necessary, every secret of British---and Western---espionage over Charlie's thirty-year career.
Charlie's determined not only to resist the interrogation but to learn from it if his Russian intelligence-officer wife and their daughter escaped the trap that snared him and have reached England. He embarks on a cat-and-mouse battle of deception to convince his interrogators that they're learning what they want---or think they want---aware that one misspoken word could be fatal.
That's not Charlie's only problem. He's also trying to work out how his escape was foiled. It could not have been only due to the FSB, or his wife and daughter would have been caught as well. His MI5 boss doesn't think it was, either, and suspects treachery by Britain's external intelligence organization, MI6. To help discover the truth, Natalia, Charlie's wife, uses all the Russian tradecraft she's ever learned to help save her husband.
Red Star Falling---the third in the Red Star trilogy---continues the acclaimed series that has established Brian Freemantle as one of the world's most ingenious espionage writers.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Series:||Charlie Muffin Thrillers , #16|
|File size:||767 KB|
About the Author
BRIAN FREEMANTLE is the author of more than thirty books, which have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. These include fifteen previous novels in the Charlie Muffin series, most recently Red Star Burning. He has been foreign editor and chief foreign correspondent for the London Daily Mail and foreign correspondent for the London Daily Sketch, among others. He lives in England.
BRIAN FREEMANTLE is the author more than thirty books, which have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. These include fifteen previous novels in the Charlie Muffin series. He has been foreign editor and chief foreign correspondent for the London Daily Mail and foreign correspondent for the London Daily Sketch, among others. He lives in England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There is a plot overview above, so I limit my review to my thoughts on the novel. Red Star Rising received a rave review from me, but Red Star Burning will have to settle for a very good rating, but no rave. I found the plot a bit hard to follow as I don't think the author gave us very clear information. (The book itself, with its smaller pages and tiny print didn't help.) Nonetheless, he creates such a real picture of the bureaucracy in London as stumbling over itself while everyone covers their backs and tries to stab the others. We really do care about Charlie Muffin and admire his adeptness at getting himself out of jams. How he can do so with one London branch out to kill him and the other wavering in its support is hard enough, but he also has the Russians on his heels. A couple of the plot twists are hard to swallow- the Straughan twist, the Jane Amberson/Barry Ellis distraction. There is plenty of tension throughout the story, enough to keep you reading. I like the way the author wound up both extractions, and yes, that creates the ground for a sequel, which I will look forward to.
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