• Title: The Blind Spy
  • Author: Alex Dryden
  • ISBN: 9780755373345
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Blind Spy The brilliant new international thriller by the modern spy master Russia s intentions are aggressive They want to control of Europe The Kremlin is threatening to invade Ukraine a country vital to the
    The brilliant new international thriller by the modern spy master Russia s intentions are aggressive They want to control of Europe The Kremlin is threatening to invade Ukraine, a country vital to the West s oil and gas supplies On the ground, in the seething pit of rumour and fear that is the city of Odessa, on the shore of the Black Sea, two top secret agents arThe brilliant new international thriller by the modern spy master Russia s intentions are aggressive They want to control of Europe The Kremlin is threatening to invade Ukraine, a country vital to the West s oil and gas supplies On the ground, in the seething pit of rumour and fear that is the city of Odessa, on the shore of the Black Sea, two top secret agents are searching for ways to prevent the horrors of invasion and war Anna Resnikov, ex KGB, and Logan Patterson must negotiate the knife edge of diplomacy and intimidation that pervades every corner of every street, caf and back ally They need information, the gold currency of espionage The CIA is exerting heavy muscle and MI6 is influencing hearts and minds and both have their own agendas Are there assassins on Anna and Logan s tail And will they get to them before they uncover the identity of the deep, deep throat, known as the Blind Spy, who seems to have all the answers Alex Dryden is a writer who can please everyone from fans of old le Carr 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

    One Reply to “The Blind Spy”

    1. The premise is that Putin's Russia is planning to undermine Ukraine's independence and re-absorb it. Out to thwart the plot are Alex Dryden's now familiar heroes, ex-KGB agent Anna Resnikov and the American agent Logan Halloran. Dryden is an expert on Russia and his novel's depiction of the country as macho bully plotting to subjugate its neighbour is chilling. But while the book has many interesting ideas, the characters are flat and never come to life, and the twists in the narrative are irrit [...]

    2. I tried SO hard to get into this book. The first chapter was good the second chapter was a little long. I found my eyes glazing over. Too much detail. Yeah, I know, I'm weird that way. I wanted to like it. I forced myself through a few chapters. I found myself reading and re-reading the same paragraphs and ended up skimming through the rest of the book. I never got hooked, but that doesn't mean someone else won't love it. It just wasn't for me.

    3. It started as a slog and remained a slog. Narrative drifted about a lot which made me feel irritated rather than intrigued.

    4. I wanted to like this book - it's all about spies in Ukraine. I loved coming across descriptions of events (Orange Revolution), people (Timoshenko, Yanukovich), places (Kiev, Sevastopol) that I had been to, experienced, or heard of in my time in Ukraine. But the prose got really slow and I wasn't pulled in by what should have been intriguing or thrilling. I have to admit, I gave up and skipped to the end about 2/3 of the way through.

    5. Well-written and well-paced spy thriller with lots of delicious twists. It almost seems to look into the mind of the likes of Vladimir Putin. Do put this in your holiday bag, you won't be disappointed.

    6. I persevered with this book but it could have quite easily been the second book to not complete.

    7. I picked up this book not realising that it's the third in a series. Nothing obvious to tell me that. Consequently I spent a large part of the book trying to figure out the relationships between various characters. Some valuable pieces of back history are finally given, but not until near the end. So if you are new to Alex Dryden, this is not the place to start. Start with Red to Black instead.Anna Resnikov is an ex-KGB agent who defected several years ago when she fell in love with a Western ag [...]

    8. I picked this book up on a whim while at the library looking for a book that was a quick read with a fast moving plot ! The only disappointment was that I picked up Book #3 in a series of three books by this author without realizing it was the third in a series ! The book does well as a "stand alone" however and was just a great read exciting plot! The author provides a commentary on Russian President Putin's designs on Ukraine and other formerly Soviet Union states. It's no surprise that the a [...]

    9. My goodness, this book was painful reading. It was full of crosses and double crossesry typical spy book. I typically like spy books, but I couldn't, for the life of me find any interest in the main characters of this book. This book had made me black out with sleep every night for the last month. I could never read more than 10 pages in a single sitting. Sorry, I can't recommend this book to any reader.

    10. Oh wow! I liked this book even better than MOSCOW STING. I loved learning more about Anna and I loved the layers of this book, beginning with the title. The idea of what = blindness is one to ponder -- not just while reading this book but in MY LIFE. Nice romance adds to the enjoyment. Who wouldn't want Anna to find some happiness? And also Balthasar!Last night I re-read this book while we watched college football. I loved it even more than the first time.

    11. I felt that this book was somewhat wordy, but did not get into the detail that I expected. It was pretty tiresome that one character was the perfect female spy and another was the perfect male spy who was blind and had supernatural powers and another was the perfect spymaster who knew everything that was happening around the globe and why. Where were the imperfections? Oh, there was a character like that who was bad, then good, then bad, then good – again rather tiresome.

    12. This book starts very slow and takes more than half of the book before the story starts to get interesting. Red to Black is the best of the books to date while Moscow Sting is good. Anna moves at will amongst people who are after her, which is one of the biggest problems with the story. This aside from sinking an aircraft carrier and literally running off to save a young girl in a military hospital/ prison.

    13. Fun book looking at Russia's relationship to Ukraine. Too bad the present situation (March, 2014) will not turn out as good. Some good plot twists, a spy who is blind but can get around very well. An image of a train running down the tracks on a wharf, hitting an aircraft carrier, and then capsizing.

    14. Kind of disappointingI'm very comfortable with spy novels but somehow this one missed the mark. Plot was weak as was character development. Read it to the end as that is my rule but it didn't redeem itself.

    15. These novels progressed on a steady downward slant of quality. Still, I read it through to the end out of curiosity. The first novel, Red to Black, was the best of the bunch so far; this one really felt as if the author were meeting a contractual obligation.

    16. It was slow and sometimes difficult to follow. I haven't read the other books in the series, so perhaps that's my problem, but I do acknowledge that the author clearly has an amazing knowledge of Russia and spying.

    17. Good quick read. I loved the blind spy concept. He was awesome but a little unbelievable. I want to read the next book.

    18. Enjoy Dryden's writing and this was a thriller that satisfied my curiosity! I love the fact that he doesn't need his characters to use swearing for effect.

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