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Red To Black (Anna Resnikov #1)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  587 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
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 t
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 10th 2008 by Headline
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Will Byrnes
Apr 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
LeCarre in love! This is one of those books you hate to put down. It combines a riveting spy tale with a love story, offers a chilling portrait of how today’s Russia came to be and should scare the bejesus out of everyone. She is KGB, from a family of KGB. He is MI6, from a family of hippies. She is assigned to keep tabs on him. He spends a lot of time in Russia picking up information from an asset code-named Mikhail. Can two spies ever be really honest with each other? In his quest to learn the ...more
Richard Derus
Rating: 3.5* of five

The Publisher Says: Finn is a veteran MI6 operative stationed in Moscow. In the guise of an amiable trade secretary, he has penetrated deep into the dangerous labyrinth that is Russia under Vladimir Putin to discover some of its darkest secrets, thanks to a high-level source deep within the Kremlin.

The youngest female colonel in the KGB, Anna is the ambitious daughter of one of the former Soviet Union's elite espionage families. Charged with helping to make Russia strong agai
Kara Jorges
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
If you’ve been craving a moody, Russian tragedy cloaked as a thriller, I recommend this book. However, anyone craving any actual action or a cohesive story is in for a disappointment. The book has plenty of intriguing factors, but its protagonist is the least interesting character within and she does little but ruminate and reminisce about whatever everyone else is doing.

It was the end of the cold war when Anna, an attractive KGB agent often used as a honey trap, meets Finn, an MI6 agent station
Theresa Leone Davidson
Feb 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
An interesting although somewhat less than suspenseful story of a woman who works for the Russian intelligence service and a man who works for MI6 in England. They become involved in the so called 'new' Russia led by Vladimir Putin, which is really the subject of this book, and its connection to the old Cold War Russia. A very scary book when you realize the premise is that nothing has really changed for the better in Russia, and that the author, who is a journalist using a pseudonym to write th ...more
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Superior spy thriller that is strong reminiscent of John Le Carre. It's let down by the unfortunate decision to make the point of view character a female Russian FSB colonel. No matter how well Dryden writes her - and he does a respectable job - she was never going to be convincing enough to tell the story.

What makes the book very well worth reading is its chilling take on Putin and his KGB connections. The plot is set up to make that point and does so in alarming and plausible style.
Michael Martz
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Alex Dryden's 'Red to Black' is a detailed account of the origin of his Anna Resnikov series, narrated by the then KGB officer as she begins the relationship with a male British spy that sets it all in motion. Can enemy spies fall in love? That seems to be the question over the first 2/3 of the book, and when finally answered things move quickly.

The plot is fairly complex. Finn, the British spy, has been in place in Moscow for an extended period. The Russians successfully use a beautiful KGB ag
Linda C
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Not such a great read, although there are some things I admire about the book.

I love John Le Carre's books & expected this to be somewhat like The Russia House which has a similar love story at its center, although moved forward in time. & maybe that was the root of my problem with this book - I wanted it to be as good as Le Carre & it just wasn't. It also wasn't enough of its own thing to be very enjoyable.

Set in Putin's Russia, this could have been an excellent novel filled with in
Aug 21, 2010 rated it liked it
"This basically is a warning of a Russian threat to world economy disguised in a novel. It's not what I would call an espionage thriller. The meat is factually presented and while there are elements of romance and espionage in the story, it's more readable as non-fiction aimed at those who are seeking a deeper understanding of today's Russia." From an Amazon review that I agree with. Scary thinking that Putin and former KGB have large amounts of capitol to finance whatever they want to control a ...more
It was okay but far from good. The writing was unimaginative with large swathes of expository dialogue, the love story unconvincing, characters underdeveloped and choice of narrator unfortunate. There may be a good story here but it's not told particularly well.
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Alex Dryden is a writer and journalist with many years of experience in security matters. When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, Dryden watched the statues of Lenin fall across the former Soviet Union. Since then he has charted the false dawn of democracy in Russia as the country has transformed into the world's most powerful secret state
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