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3.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 5 3.13 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Dryden Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Anna Resnikov Series Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781400183739
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Gorky Park for the Putin era, Red to Black could have been ripped from recent headlines. At once a spy thriller, a love story, and a chilling look at a dangerously resurgent superpower, it is a masterful work that Stephen Fry calls, “Brilliant and unforgettable…Nothing short of miraculous.”

As the story unfolds in the dimly lit worlds of the Russian and British secret services, a truly frightening portrait of the new, aggressive Russian state emerges—a Russia dominated by the KGB’s successors: powerful, modern, technocratic, and free from political control.

Welcome to the New Russia.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/2/2014

    " This is the prequel to Boompa's most recent recommendation. // well, I hope the sequel is better written. Interesting premise, but all exposition. Hard to do a thriller totally in flashbacks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 1/30/2014

    " A nice change for the spy novel. Written from the Russian KGB agent's point of view, and with a focus on Putin's government. A lot of Cold War history, woven into the plot very successfully. Took a hundred pages or so to get going, but well worth it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lesley | 1/30/2014

    " Torn between a 2 and a 3 rating. Interesting Russian/Soviet history. Storyline was adequate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 1/15/2014

    " Can spies really fall in love and quit the spy business? I'm sure it's like quitting organized crime but the flip side of the coin. It was interesting having the history of the cold war interspersed with the plot and how a professional job can turn personal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TiaJoJo | 1/10/2014

    " Good. A little slow starting because there are so many characters and histories. Should read before the next in the series "Moscow Sting" because it explains so much the reader needs to know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/8/2014

    " A quiet yet alarming political and intellectual thriller that ties in the fall of the Berlin Wall to the worlds concerns over Vladimir Putin's Russia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 12/19/2013

    " Spy novel with lots of late 20th, early 21st century Russian history thrown in. The author has covered Russian security for a few decades, so it's safe to assume he's at least semi-knowledgeable in his depiction of the SVR (modern day KGB). The power machinations are very interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee | 12/15/2013

    " It started well, but I think the plot developed overly slowly and ended without any "oomph." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 12/10/2013

    " The background of this book is more scary than the storyline. For anyone who thinks the Cold War is over, this thriller will do a significant job of dispelling that notion. For insight into Vladimir Putin and the new Russia, don't miss this captivating novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobbie57 | 9/12/2013

    " Not terribly unusual in the genre, but the writing was great. And it certainly held my attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/23/2013

    " When is fiction really the truth? This spy thriller will keep you wondering "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 11/29/2012

    " A new and interesting setting for me -- contemporary Russia. But I found that the action was slow, there were too many characters to follow easily, and the ending was a major letdown after investing so much concentrated effort to read what should have been a fun, spy novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 9/9/2012

    " Very slow read. Only recommend to those who like espionage books full of dossier information and very little action. Follows paper trails and money. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 3/6/2012

    " Would love to know if any of this is true!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/1/2012

    " Not the best spy novel I have read. Not a page-turner as others have suggested. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 12/18/2011

    " Too much financial information--very dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 9/2/2011

    " If your paranoid at all about the state of the world, this may not be the book for you. In fact, some of what he writes sent chills down my spine because I believe it to be possible to have happened or be happening. It was a little slow in the middle but is a very good read overall. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaye | 8/23/2011

    " This book had so much potential but was written dryly. I never got a picture in my head of the two main characters. They felt dry as dust and robotic to me. I wanted to get a sense of emotion from the characters but did not. It seemed to take forever to get anywhere in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 5/24/2011

    " This is the prequel to Boompa's most recent recommendation. // well, I hope the sequel is better written. Interesting premise, but all exposition. Hard to do a thriller totally in flashbacks.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 12/25/2010

    " Good book but it wasn't for me. Fairly slow paced and more of a historical drama than the captivating spy thriller I was expecting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 10/11/2010

    " A quiet yet alarming political and intellectual thriller that ties in the fall of the Berlin Wall to the worlds concerns over Vladimir Putin's Russia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 3/21/2010

    " Very slow read. Only recommend to those who like espionage books full of dossier information and very little action. Follows paper trails and money. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee | 10/29/2009

    " It started well, but I think the plot developed overly slowly and ended without any "oomph." "

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About the Author
Author Alex Dryden

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.

About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including three AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has twice been an Audie Award finalist. She is an accomplished actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.