The Blind Spy
The Blind Spy
By Alex Dryden
Ecco Press, Hardcover, 9780062088086, 367pp.
Publication Date: March 20, 2012
Alex Dryden is a writer who can please everyone from fans of old le Carre 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 Carre, 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 Carre, 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.
“It’s boots on the ground in Ukraine, considered the cradle of Russian civilization, in this chilling novel that reminds us that the Cold War may never be over; third in a knockout series.
“His thrillers are an extended clarion call to arms, despite their spy-thriller guise. And as guises go, Dryden’s books are doozies. They’re exceptionally intelligent examples of the genre. The American publication...is particularly timely..... Brace yourself, Mr. Dryden. You’re likely to be a busy writer for many years.”
“Anna Resnikov is the kind of spy a reader can learn to like. A lot.... Alex Dryden’s thriller presents Anna’s combat skills, her spy-smarts and a chess match involving the top spies of the United States and Russia.”
“The unbelievable becomes believable...as we wade through scenes of terror, and scenes of terrifying ordinariness that serve to add to the tension.”
“Anna is a refreshing addition to the traditionally male-dominated role of spy. She’s believably crafted...simultaneously exhibiting strength and intelligence.... [Witten] with rich, distinct characters and timely subject matter. The time invested in reading The Blind Spy is definitely time well spent.”
“A story almost literally ripped from the headlines...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...and for any readers interested in what’s really going on in the “new Russia.”
“With a plot as current as today’s headlines, Dryden’s latest is as good as his previous two novels…[but] while Anna’s past matters, this exceptional novel stands on its own. Aficionados of spy thrillers will want.”
-Library Journal (starred review)
“Another tantalizingly plausible plot. . . . Dryden is building an impressive list of post–Cold War espionage fiction, and [there is] much to enjoy in his latest.”
“The pseudonymous Dryden’s... fine third entry (after 2010’s Moscow Sting) in a series grounded…in the twisting intellectual gamesmanship that makes the shadow world of espionage so compelling....Russia’s plan to take over Ukraine lies at the heart of...this intricate and deadly struggle for international domination.”
“The first two Resnikov novels, Red to Black and Moscow Sting, got some rave reviews, and the author’s experience in both British intelligence and as a journalist gives his work depth. Don’t miss for thriller fans.”