The Blind Spy by Alex Dryden

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The author’s near abandonment of his title character is indicative of the work’s regrettable lack of focus and cohesion.
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Synopsis

“Alex Dryden is a writer who can please everyone from fans of old le Carré 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”

An author whom the Richmond Times Dispatch calls, “the next John le Carré,” Alex Dryden returns with The Blind Spy—the third book in his critically acclaimed espionage fiction series featuring Anna Resnikov, formerly of the KGB in Moscow. One of the most intriguing female protagonists in contemporary fiction, Anna is back in the rifle sights of her former masters as she races to expose Russia’s plot to destabilize the Ukraine and retake their former territory. A story almost literally ripped from the headlines, The Blind Spy is a 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, spy novel and geopolitical thriller devotees, and for any readers interested in what’s really going on in the “new Russia.”

 

About Alex Dryden

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Alex Dryden is a writer and journalist with many years experience in security matters. When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, Dryden watched the statues of Lenin fall across the former Soviet Union. Since then he has charted the false dawn of democracy in Russia as the country morphed into the world's most powerful secret state-and his insider's view has informed all of his novels. The Blind Spy is the third in the Anna Resnikov series.
 
Published March 20, 2012 by Ecco. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Examiner

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Reviewed by Carol Thomas on Mar 18 2012

The author’s near abandonment of his title character is indicative of the work’s regrettable lack of focus and cohesion.

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Shots

Excellent
Reviewed by Robin Jarossi

He skilfully creates a narrative that is close enough to real events and political figures to invoke a disturbing take on contemporary Russia, recently branded a ‘mafia state’ in the Wikileaks diplomatic cables.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch

Below average
Reviewed by Doug Childers on Mar 25 2012

Dryden — it's a pseudonym, actually — doesn't write his thrillers casually.

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Reviewed by Jen on Apr 05 2012

Readers will likely notice the 400-page length as the plot moves slower than the average thriller and the book’s title character doesn’t truly come into play until well into the second half of the book.

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