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The Blind Spy (Anna Rensikov) Hardcover – March 20, 2012
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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)
From the Back Cover
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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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.
Although fiction, the connection between today's conflict between Russia and the uprising in the Ukraine is amazing.
It mentions Putin and his desire to bring back the Ukraine into the Russian empire. This book was written several years ago but the author had an amazing view of what is happening as of right now. Spies and the CIA, MI5 and the KGB and Ukraine secret police are everywhere. Anyone who enjoys spy novels will be glad they read this.