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“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. (USA Today)

“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.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“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.” (Albuquerque Journal)

“The unbelievable becomes believable...as we wade through scenes of terror, and scenes of terrifying ordinariness that serve to add to the tension.” (Suspense magazine)

“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.” (Shelf Awareness)

“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.” (Bookreporter.com)

“With a plot as current as today’s headlines, Dryden’s latest is as good as his previous two novels…[but] while Anna’s past matters, this exceptional novel stands on its own. Aficionados of spy thrillers will want.” (Library Journal (starred review))

“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.” (Booklist)

“The pseudonymous Dryden’s... fine third entry (after 2010’s Moscow Sting) in a series grounded…in the twisting intellectual gamesmanship that makes the shadow world of espionage so compelling....Russia’s plan to take over Ukraine lies at the heart of...this intricate and deadly struggle for international domination.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The first two Resnikov novels, Red to Black and Moscow Sting, got some rave reviews, and the author’s experience in both British intelligence and as a journalist gives his work depth. Don’t miss for thriller fans.” (Library Journal)

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Superspy Anna Resnikov is back in Alex Dryden's latest, masterful international thriller—The Blind Spy

Russia has never accepted Ukraine's independence and now the Patrioti—Putin, his elder statesmen, and seasoned generals dedicated to rebuilding their fallen empire—are using the KGB's controversial elite and clandestine forces of Department S to destabilize the young democratic nation and bring it back under Russian control.

But Cougar, the powerful private intelligence company that overshadows even the CIA in its reach, learns of Russia's plans and strikes at the heart of its plot with its own lethal weapon—the gorgeous ex–KGB colonel Anna Resnikov. More than a gifted spy and expert killer, Anna lost the love of her life and the father of her child at the hands of her former countrymen. Her defection to Cougar has made her the most wanted woman in Russia, but she'll risk any danger to herself for the chance to destroy the evil that rules her homeland. And on the ground in Ukraine, she meets a formidable foe, a mysterious KGB spy whose aims are suspiciously unclear but whose power is unmistakably deadly.

New York Times bestselling author James Grippando raves, "Alex Dryden...can please everyone from fans of old le Carré to students of current affairs." The Blind Spy is another killer cocktail of page-turning suspense, high-octane action, and riveting intrigue that will hold you captive from beginning to end.

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Product Details

  • Series: Anna Rensikov (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; First U.S. Edition edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062088086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062088086
  • ASIN: 0062088084
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,181,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The plot is unique and tightly knit.
Franklin B. Mackenzie
Dryden clearly has a great deal of behind-the-scenes knowledge about Russia and its intelligence networks, but, sadly, little to no writing skills.
Noel Savage
It kept me reading as it was a page turner that held your interest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 14, 2013
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Very good read. Interesting characters, not simply the hyper-macho, bullet proof guys from typical thrillers. Liked the setting and background of modern day Ukraine - very topical. Interesting characterization of Putin which I suspect isn't too far from the truth. Looking forward to another installment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 21, 2014
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Fast paced thriller where literature predicts life. Predicts the events in Kiev and link of Russia to taking back the country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noel Savage on May 8, 2014
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I've kept reading - even after thinking of stopping - because the author seems to predict Putin's gobbling up of the Ukraine and Crimea. But it's painful to read because of the "omniscient voice." That's when an author jumps from the inside of one character's head to another, describing what's going on inside every single character's head, explaining his or her thoughts, as if they were the author's own, their motivations, their decisions ... it's truly tiresome. And it's completely amateurish.

Dryden clearly has a great deal of behind-the-scenes knowledge about Russia and its intelligence networks, but, sadly, little to no writing skills.

In the end, we (the readers) have no real sense of who is telling the story, or who the central character is ... or if there even is one. The omniscient voice is likely the oldest form of story-telling, dating back to our earliest days, when we sat around campfires in animal hides and made up stories about the day's hunt. Nearly every accomplished author moves beyond that as quickly as they possibly can.

The title ultimately is a red herring - it doesn't refer to one of the recurring characters who is a spy, and who is blind. It's a philosophical statement made by another character which reveals several object lessons, but only at the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By landshart2 on July 25, 2012
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You'll enjoy how well written these books are. And there is a current historical perspective to the plots. Loads of fun!!
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Alex Dryden has apparently never met a flowery metaphor or a string of adjectives that he didn't love. The Blind Spy reads like a brief novella that's been heavily padded with excrutiatingly detailed descriptions of every location, facial expression and change in the weather that Dryden chooses to add to the story. And speaking of the story, had it been even marginally interesting, I might have forgiven his purple prose. But the story hinges on a blind man with supernatural powers -- at least that's the closest I could come to understanding what the hell was up with the titular characte -- and that's among the most credible plot points. Dryden's overwriting had me skimming much of the book looking for verbs to indicate something might actually be happening. Alas, what was happening generally wasn't worth the effort. I'm one of those people who feels obligated to finish any book I start, but in this case, I really ended up resenting the time I had to waste to do it. The only reason I'm giving it two stars is that I do have to credit Dryden for his prescient reading of the evolving situation in the Ukraine as he was writing this book back in 2012.
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By MH on May 7, 2012
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Half way through, I am impressed with the author's insight into interagency politics and character development. I prefer the sequences that include field operations, but the boardroom stuff is absorbing as well. The book is clearly written. However, unless I misread it, I thought the author got his time lapses mixed up where Anna finds herself in London 24 hours after arriving in Odessa with at least a 2 day operation in Odessa. Could be my mistake. Did anyone else find this as an issue?
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By Sharon Kern on June 22, 2014
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Great book and have also read the next two. Great writer and excellent stories. So very current in today's climate with Putin and the Ukraine.
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The Blind Spy is the 3rd novel of the series about the Russian lady KGB spy and is well done. I am disappointed that the series is apparently completed, I thoroughly enjoyed all three. The story keeps you guessing about a series of things from start to finish.
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