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Moscow Sting: A Novel (Anna Rensikov)

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"Alex Dryden is a writer who can please everyone from fans of old LeCarr© to students of current affairs. Moscow Sting is a thought-provoking and entertaining follow up to the terrific Red to Black." -James Grippando, New York Times bestselling author of Afraid of the Dark. Booklist places author Alex Dryden in "the top rank of espionage novelists." His riveting Moscow Sting proves that the resounding critical acclaim awarded him for his debut, Red to Black, was no fluke. In this spellbinding sequel, former KGB colonel Anna Resnikov escapes to America where she must outwit CIA "friend" and KGB foe alike to survive. Alex Dryden has brought breathtaking new life to the spy novel in this blistering "ripped from the headlines" thriller that focuses on Russia's chilling reemergence as a hostile superpower. British author Dryden's poignant portrayal of Anna Resnikov, a KGB colonel who forsook her country to marry a former MI6 agent, Finn, powers this intense sequel to his 2009 debut, Red to Black. After a Russian assassin poisons Finn in Paris and delivers his body to the British embassy in Berlin three days later, Anna goes on the run with her young son by Finn. She becomes a pawn in a deadly game involving numerous intelligence agencies and contractors who recognize that only she knows the identity of Mikhail, a ghostlike double agent who's close to Vladimir Putin and possesses invaluable information about the "new" Russia--specifically its strategies to do with its substantial Siberian oil riches--that could dramatically affect the world's balance of power. While the breakneck pacing and serpentine plot will satisfy espionage fans, the ingenuity and insight that Anna displays in her desperate plight leave a more lasting impression than all the spy machinations. (Aug.) - Publishers Weekly. Engaging and fast-paced thriller. - World Magazine. Hands down, one of the most convincing spy stories you'll ever read. - Lisa Black. Alex Dryden is a writer who can please everyone from fans of old LeCarre to students of current affairs. MOSCOW STING is a thought-provoking and entertaining follow up to the terrific Red to Black. No sophomore slump here. - James Grippando. MOSCOW STING is a gripping, action-packed insider's view of modern day espionage with a clever twist at the end. Ex-KGB Colonel Anna Resnikov is a terrific heroine, who I hope will return with future adventures. - Phillip Margolin. Moscow Sting suggests [Dryden] has finished the crossover from journalist to full-fledged thriller writer. Keep an eye on Dryden. If he continues to infuse the genre with serious political insights and warnings, he could be the next John le Carr©. - Richmond Times-Dispatch. Dryden follows up his superb debut, Red to Black (2009), with a riveting sequel... Red to Black reinvigorated the classic Cold War espionage genre. Moscow Sting, with its clever, devious, conflicted characters, its tension and verisimilitude, and its complex but fully plausible plot, is every bit as good. - Booklist (starred review). Prescient . . . Red to Black depicts a frightening and ruthless Russia, which answers to nobody. - The Economist. "Dryden follows up his superb debut, Red to Black (2009), with a riveting sequel... Red to Black reinvigorated the classic Cold War espionage genre. Moscow Sting, with its clever, devious, conflicted characters, its tension and verisimilitude, and its complex but fully plausible plot, is every bit as good." - Booklist