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Russia has never accepted Ukraine's independence and now Putin has engaged the KGB's elite, clandestine Department S to destabilize the young democratic nation and bring it back under Russian control.
But Cougar, the private intelligence company that dwarfs even the CIA, strikes back at Russia with its deadliest weaponthe gorgeous ex-KGB colonel Anna Resnikov. Her former countrymen murdered the love of her life, the father of her child, and she'll risk everything to destroy the evil that rules her homeland. But on the ground in Ukraine, she meets a formidable foe, a mysterious KGB agent who aims are unclear but whose power is unmistakably lethal. A killer cocktail of action, suspense and intrigue, The Blind Spy will hold you captive from beginning to end.
Alex Dryden is the pseudonym of a British writer who worked for the British security services. He has had extensive first-hand experience with Russia for many years. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Red to Black and Moscow Sting. The Blind Spy is his third novel.
“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.”