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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (172 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pete Earley Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Spymaster, defector, double agent—the remarkable true story of the man who ran Russia’s post-cold war spy program in America.

In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, the cold war ended, and a new world order began. We thought everything had changed. But one thing never changed: the spies.

From 1995 to 2000, a man known as “Comrade J” was the highest-ranking operative in the SVR—the successor agency to the KGB—in the United States. He directed all Russian spy action in New York City and personally oversaw every covert operation against the United States and its allies in the United Nations. He recruited spies, planted agents, penetrated security, manipulated intelligence, and influenced American policy, all under the direct leadership of Boris Yeltsin and then Vladimir Putin. He was a legend in the SVR, the man who kept the secrets.

Then, in 2000, he defected—and it turned out he had one more secret. For the previous two years, he had also been a double agent for the FBI: “By far the most important Russian spy that our side has had in decades.” He has never granted a public interview. The FBI and CIA have refused to answer all media questions about him. He has remained in hiding. He has never revealed his secrets.

Until now.

Comrade J, written by the bestselling author of Family of Spies and The Hot House, is his story, a direct account of what he did in the United States after we all assumed the spying was over and of what Putin and Russia continue to do today. The revelations are stunning. It is also the story of growing up in a family of agents dating back to the revolution; of how Russia molded him into one of its most high-flying operatives; of the day-to-day perils of living a double, then triple, life; and finally, of how his growing disquiet with the corruption and ambitions of the “new Russia” led him to take the most perilous step of all.

Many spies have told their stories. None has the astonishing immediacy, relevance, and cautionary warnings of Comrade J.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Splendid…a five-cloak read.”

    Washington Times

  • “Delivers the spy-versus-spy frisson that espionage readers expect.”


  • “A fascinating account of Tretyakov’s activities.”

    Library Journal

  • “Prichard’s voice provides the ideal narration…[It] never tires and never changes. Both his oldest and newest fans will enjoy this dark journey into Soviet espionage.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Opa | 2/12/2014

    " Run, don't walk, to your library and grab this book. An amazing story presenting clear insight into the world of espionage from a Russian who headed up operations in the US. And, his behind the scenes look at what really goes on at the United nations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nathan | 2/4/2014

    " A great look from the inside the KGB replacement (the SVR) of the workings and goals of Russia. It shows the excellence of intelligence operatives as well as the sometimes incompetence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jacki | 1/26/2014

    " Interesting read. It's written by a journalist- I liked his style. It's a little hard to believe- it seems easier to take in as fiction- spys- moffia- etc. Eye opening! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Remo | 1/24/2014

    " A good book that delves into how KGB/SVR spies train and operate. More importantly it spells out that Russia treats the US the same way the USSR did. This former KGB/SVR spy states that Russia is doing all it can to undermine and embarrass the US. He gives numerous examples. Anyone who thinks the Russians are our buddies should really read this book. Anyone who knows they are not will have that opinion reinforced by Earley's narrative. "

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