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Anna Resnikov was a former colonel in the KGB's foreign intelligence service. Assigned to get close to an MI6 agent named Finn, she has the bad form to fall in love with, marry, and have a child by him. Oh, and she defects to the West. Then, the Russians kill Finn and Anna is on the run.
Here in MOSCOW STING, Anna is being hunted by the Americans, the British, and the Russians. Before Finn's death, Resnikov learned the identity of a mole, "Mikhail", deep within the Kremlin hierarchy, otherwise known only to Finn, his case officer. Now, two years later, MI6 seeks Anna as the conduit to re-establish contact with Mikhail because he was theirs. The CIA wants Anna for the same reason because Mikhail, well, is just too good a HUMINT opportunity to pass up. And the KGB, while not knowing of Mikhail, wants Anna for the torture chamber and execution block. Resnikov, on the other hand, while conceptually willing to continue working with the Western spy agencies, is determined to protect Mikhail's identity and make the approach to him on her terms or not at all. It's Anna's wits pitted against everyone, friend and foe alike - and mostly friend.
There are two major problems with Anna as author Alex Dryden's protagonist that force me to award less than five stars. Three is what I eventually decided upon after some internal mental debate that argued for four.Read more ›
Whilst Red to... was compelling in its complexity, this is more standard thriller fare, as Finn's partner Anna goes underground, wanted by the Soviets, the British and the Americans.
How she and her son fair, as they are pursued, gets close to gripping but more could have been made of Anna, her skills, identity, and her longing for peace and a place to call home.
Probably should be 4 stars but can't help compare to the first novel.