Saturday, July 25, 2009

Review: Red to Black by Alex Dryden

A spy thriller, a love story and a chilling look at a resurgent superpower...

At the dawn of the new millennium, Finn, an MI6 spy, and Anna, a colonel of the KGB, have been sent to spy on each other. Instead they find a love that becomes to only truth they can trust. A source deep within the Kremlin tells Finn of a plan, hatched in the depths of the Cold War, to dismantle the edifice of the communist state and to bring about the rise of a new imperium within Russia: a plan to control the whole of Europe. Finn's masters in London are blinded by the new wealth pouring out of Russia and he must leave the Service and work in secrecy to uncover the deadly threat it poses to the freedom of every one of us.

Received from the publisher for review.

I really, really wanted to read this since it got such wonderful reviews from Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, both of whose work I just love (House and Kingdom are simply wonderful!).

The story was powerfully real and had the same believable quality as The DaVinci Code, transporting the reader to an alternate view of the world that is at once familiar and quite sinister. The story feels so real that it reads like non-fiction. It really does feel as if you're reading Anna's journal or listening to her tell her story. It's almost haunting. It also made me realize just what sort of world we live in now and makes me very, very glad to live in the U.S.

This one gets seven stars. It read almost like a movie with the narrator describing the scenes, which made for rather enjoyable reading. While I didn't particularly care for, or about, the characters, the story immediately drew me in and held my attention. I found myself anxious to learn more. The book was a very good spy story with a fast pace and an interesting plot.

Rating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆


Jaime said...

I have this one sitting in my TBR pile! Glad to read your positive review!

Thanks for stopping by!

Jaime, booknerdextraordinaire

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