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"Prichard's voice provides the ideal narration.... [It] never tires and never changes. Both his oldest and newest fans will enjoy this dark journey into Soviet espionage." ---AudioFile

About the Author

Pete Earley, a former reporter for The Washington Post, is the author of eight works of nonfiction, including the bestsellers The Hot House and Family of Spies and the multi-award-winning Circumstantial Evidence.

Michael Prichard has recorded well over five hundred audiobooks and was named one of SmartMoney magazine's Top Ten Golden Voices. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award and several AudioFile Earphones Awards.
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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (February 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400155525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400155521
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,756,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bruce Trinque VINE VOICE on February 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Peter Earley's "Comrade J" details in commendable detail the career of the Soviet/Russian intelligence officer Sergei Tretyakov, who became the senior Russian operative in New York City in the 1990s. While being a CIA-controlled source. Due to legal restrictions, even the barest details of Tretyakov's defection to (or recruitment by) American Intelligence are absent from the book. Instead, Earley's account concentrates upon Tetrakov's intelligence activities that reached a peak after the end of the Cold War. This is a book that names names and points fingers at persons who, wittingly or not, became resources in the Soviet/Russian battle against American interests. The book is not particularly heavy in the day-to-day detail of how espionage operations are conducted (although there are nonetheless some interesting bits and pieces) but does provide a tolerably comprehensive picture of the scope of Russian Intelligence activities against the US even after the two nations theoretically were no longer enemeies.
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By A Customer on January 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Wall and the Curtain are down as the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union break apart. However, Russia continued its espionage efforts in America even as Yeltsin and the West became allies of a sort. Pete Early (author of true espionages like FAMILY OF SPIES) provides the biography of Russian spy Sergei Tretyakov, code-named Comrade J, who ultimately defected to the West in 2000. In the late 1990s until he defected Tretyakov was assigned to the Russian embassy in New York; from there he led covert operations across the United States, but became disenchanted with Yeltsin and Putin, who he blames for saddling him with inept political cronies (sounds familiar) and a "corrupt political system" that made Communism seem pure. He also had a personal selfish rationale; desiring a better life for his daughter. Tretyakov became an American double agent before finally publicly defecting. The fascination with this memoir is with the more questionable allegations that Tretyakov makes in his numerous interviews with Pete Earley including accusations inside the State Department that probably brings smiles to Nixon and McCarthy; many as far as this reviewer knows have been verified by an independent third party. Well written and entreating with no shockers as Tretyakov's message is that Putin, after looking into the eyes of Bush to see his soul, believes America is no friend of Russia and reacts accordingly.

Harriet Klausner
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Just about any average adult in the United States now knows that the only time politicians lie is when their lips are moving. The average adult also knows that a large portion of both private business and government, particularly those who speak to the press, often give, shall we say, misleading, incomplete, or not quite true summaries of whatever it is on the news that particular day. At best, it's their side of the story, told how they want to tell it, and relating how much they're willing to give you. In many cases, they're giving you disinformation. Disinformation is what ordinary people call lies.

All that said, I -- having spent many years working for various U.S. Government intelligence agencies, including NSA, both overseas and in the U.S. -- found Pete Earley's Comrade J: The Untold Secrets of Russia's Master Spy in America After the End of the Cold War to be very informative and revealing. In some cases, irritating and exasperating. Not with the facts as presented, not with the author, and not with the subject of the book -- Russian spymaster, defector, and double agent Sergei Tretyakov -- but with what the author and Tretyakov, code-named Comrade J, tell us about the sorry state of affairs within our own government.

Now for some specifics. First, an example of sorting out the truth. Early in the book, Tretyakov says, according to the author, "... Russian intelligence targeted President Clinton's deputy secretary of state, Strobe Talbott, and ran a carefully calculated campaign designed to manipulate him." Talbott, in a written reply, said, "... he knew that Mamedov was relaying all of their conversations ..." back to Russian intelligence.

The following paragraph says, "Just the same, the FBI took the accusations about Talbott seriously ...
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"Comrade J" is an excellent telling of the story of a top KGB (later SVR) agent who spied for Russia in the US and Canada. While there have been a number of books published about the lives of several former Russian spies, this one is different because the story of Sergei Tretyakov ("Comrade J") occured in the last days of the old Soviet Union. Tretyakov saw first-hand what the effects of the fall of Communism had both on Russia and upon the Russian security services.

Tretyakov explains to the reader that under the Soviet Union the KGB and its members enjoyed great power and privileges. The "Center" -- the headquarters of the portion of the KGB that was responsible for spying on foreign countries, seemed like a palace to Tretyakov when he first reported there for duty. The premises were immaculate, and foreign consumer goods were available to KGB members at low prices -- something that the average Russian could only dream of. Discipline was rigid, harsh and arbitrary. KGB Generals lived like princes. This was Tretyakov's world and it was a world that he accepted and approved of and sought to rise within. When the Soviet Union fell, the KGB fell on hard times. It was split by Yeltsin into multiple security services much like the US model, with one service, the SVR, responsible for foreign intelligence much like the CIA is in the USA, while a different service performs internal security in a manner analogous to the FBI's functions in America. Tretyakov and his wife and daughter saw the prestige and power of the now-SVR fall on hard times. When he reported back to Russia shortly after Gorbachev's fall, the Center was no longer a palace. Like almost all institutions in Russia, the SVR was in a tremendous state of flux.
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