In the Mail: Moscow Sting

Moscow Sting by Alex Dryden Booklist Dryden follows up his superb debut, Red to Black (2009), with a riveting sequel. British spy Finn, who uncovered a Russian plan to control Europe’s access to oil and natural gas, is dead, murdered by a KGB-trained Russian criminal. Anna, the beautiful KGB colonel assigned to seduce Finn, but who fell in love with him instead, is in hiding, raising her son, Little Finn. In the post-Bush era, both the U.S. and Britain have realized that Finn was right:...

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Red To Black by Alex Dryden

Red to Black by Alex Dryden seems to be clearly aiming for the blend of current events and espionage made famous by John Le Care but Dryden adds in a large dose of love story. It also has the feel of an indictment of Vladimir Putin‘s Russia, and a castigation of the West’s response, in fiction form. Put it all together and it makes for an interesting read; some of it works very well other aspects less well. Here is a video trailer for the book: For the more textual among us here is...

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Red To Black by Alex Dryden

Red to Black by Alex Dryden seems to be clearly aiming for the blend of current events and espionage made famous by John Le Care but Dryden adds in a large dose of love story. It also has the feel of an indictment of Vladimir Putin‘s Russia, and a castigation of the West’s response, in fiction form. Put it all together and it makes for an interesting read; some of it works very well other aspects less well. Here is a video trailer for the book: For the more textual among us here is...

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Alex Dryden on Craig Ferguson talking Red To Black

As I have whined about noted before, I am running rather behind these days.  As a result, I have just now started reading Alex Dryden’s new novel Red To Black.  And furthermore, I have just now stumbled upon the author’s recent appearance on the Craig Ferguson show. But as I always say, better late than never.  So here is the clip for your entertainment:

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In the Mail: hump day edition

–> The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker Publishers Weekly Starred Review. In Baker’s lovely 10th novel, readers are introduced to Paul Chowder, a study in failure, at a very dark time in his life. He has lost the two things that he values most: his girlfriend, Roz, and his ability to write. The looming introduction to an anthology of poems he owes a friend, credit card debt and frequent finger injuries aren’t helping either. Chowder narrates in a professorial and often very...

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