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The Moscow Option

The Moscow Option [Kindle Edition]

Jeremy Duns
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Double agent Paul Dark must confront the ghosts of his past in order to save himself and the world

October, 1969. Moscow. Paul Dark is a broken man. A terrible mistake twenty-four years ago led to him being recruited into Soviet intelligence, but he has paid a heavy price for it. Now locked up in a cell, distrusted even by those he once served, Dark has nothing for company but the ghosts of his past when he is woken in the early hours and taken to a secret location. There, he discovers that the Soviets believe they are about to face a nuclear attack by the West -- and are planning to strike first as a result. Dark realizes at once that the truth of the matter involves the final days of the Second World War, and the final mission he undertook as a loyal British agent.

Now the fate of the entire world rests on the shoulders of one man: a traitor long past his best, who is soon the subject of a massive man-hunt in one of the most repressive regimes in history. Dark needs to make it to a small island in the Baltic before it's too late -- and the clock is ticking.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 440 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (12 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IL59GE
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jeremy Duns is the author of the Paul Dark spy novels, published by Simon & Schuster. His first novel, Free Agent, was one of the Daily Telegraph's 'Thrillers of the year' in 2009, and received praise from William Boyd, Eric Van Lustbader and David Morrell, while The Guardian wrote: 'Deep knowledge of espionage and classic spy novels informs this excellent debut'. The Times called the second book in the series, Song of Treason (originally published as Free Country), 'a masterly excursion back to the bad old days of the Cold War', while The Guardian said it was 'a treat for fans of traditional Len Deighton-style spy thrillers'. The third Dark novel, The Moscow Option, was published in 2012, and was followed in 2013 by Dead Drop, a non-fiction investigation of the MI6-CIA operation to run Colonel Oleg Penkovsky. Jeremy lives in the Åland Islands.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel 1 Oct 2014
Not good. Very 6th form. Amateur writing. Ludicrous plot. Cliché after cliché. Totally unbelievable. Utter tosh really.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb conclusion to a great trilogy 26 April 2012
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Six months after the grim ending of Free Country/ Song of Treason, Paul Dark is languishing in a Russian cell, deprived of even the means to record the passing of time. Following an encounter with the Soviet high command in a Moscow bunker, where a recent perceived chemical attack by the West is considered to be an act of war, he finds himself on the run again, racing to prevent a nuclear armageddon for which he'd be partly responsible.

The plot of this third Dark novel is in many ways more straightforward than those of its predecessors. This is relative, of course, and there are twists and tangles aplenty, including some surprises about characters and events in the first of the series, Free Agent. The pending nuclear apocalypse is cleverly paralleled with apocalyptic revelations about the British intelligence establishment.

Dark is a far more likeable character this time round, genuinely remorseful about his past actions. That's not to say he's become a wimp: there are several occasions when he carries out actions so brutal they made me wince. The chase across an autumnal Moscow and later the forests of Russia and Finland is played out effectively in an atmosphere of growing dread so suffocating it creates a physical impact. And the final scene is both fitting in its ambiguity and tantalising in what it doesn't tell us about a certain character's ultimate fate...

The Dark trilogy is destined to become a classic of modern Cold War espionage fiction, a suspenseful, thrilling and informed speculation on what might have happened. I can't praise this superb novel highly enough, and I'm looking forward to getting hold of the US omnibus edition of the series.
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10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Moscow Option 18 May 2012
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Sounded a great read, but within the first chapter it became clear that dispite the books claims , James Bond/Jason Bourne this 'aint! I found it's plot boring, lacked thrills and in the end I only wanted to turn the pages in the hope that I would find some breathtaking twist.There wasn't one. At best this is a book you dont have to concentrate on so may be, if you have nothing better to do on a holiday and/or with time on your hands, maybe this will pass some time for you.
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9 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very weak 13 April 2012
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I read the first half of this novel quickly and decided to read the second half by jumping paragraphs and, in the end, pages. It just became ridiculous. It's a shame because it's clear that the author has done a huge amount of research into the subject (the threat of nuclear war in the late 1960s). However, compared to Charles Cumming, David Downing, Dan Fesperman this is poor. Compared to john Le Carre, Alan Furst, Joseph Kanon........
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