Monday, September 06, 2010

Mini-Review of" Moscow Sting" by Alex Dryden

I love discovering espionage authors whose work is well written and riveting. So, I was thrilled to read "Moscow Sting" by Alex Dryden. The novel is a sequel to "Red to Black," which I have determined I must now read, as well.

In the style of the best of John LeCarre, Alan Furst and Robert Ludlum, Dryden weaves a tale that involves a woman who was the first female KGB Colonel. She alone knows the identity of a double agent who is being sought be all sides - the British, the French, the Americans and the Russians. Throw in a powerful private security agency headed by a former CIA senior official, and you have the ingredients for a tasty literary bouillabaisse.

As the action springs from Paris to Provence to New York and Washington and remote corners of the American Southwest desert, betrayal piles upon betrayal. Anna, the protagonist and KGB Colonel proves to be an intriguing and fully sympathetic figure who uses her beauty and brains in memorable ways to protect herself, her child, and the mysterious Mikhail.

I loved this book and can't wait to read more from Dryden.

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