The film rights to Alex Dryden's debut RED TO BLACK have been sold to Amber Entertainment for a significant sum, who are keen to develop the series as the female Bourne
Alex Dryden is a pseudonym. He worked for many years in intelligence specialising in Russian matters and is now a writer and journalist. 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 morphed into the world's most powerful secret state.
British author Dryden's poignant portrayal of Anna Resnikov, a KGB colonel who forsook her country to marry a former MI6 agent, Finn, powers this intense sequel to his 2009 debut, Red to Black. After a Russian assassin poisons Finn in Paris and delivers his body to the British embassy in Berlin three days later, Anna goes on the run with her young son by Finn. She becomes a pawn in a deadly game involving numerous intelligence agencies and contractors who recognize that only she knows the identity of Mikhail, a ghostlike double agent who's close to Vladimir Putin and possesses invaluable information about the "new" Russia-specifically its strategies to do with its substantial Siberian oil riches-that could dramatically affect the world's balance of power. While the breakneck pacing and serpentine plot will satisfy espionage fans, the ingenuity and insight that Anna displays in her desperate plight leave a more lasting impression than all the spy machinations. (Aug.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
This follow-up to Dryden's debut thriller, Red to Black, is a rarity: a sequel as good as its exceptional predecessor. In a world of high stakes and low ideals, no one can say with certainty what anyone else will do. Heroine Anna, former KGB colonel and widow of a former British spy, is back-she is now a unique asset in the covert battle between the West and a resurgent, aggressive Russia. Her adversary is Burt; he heads an American private intelligence company with U.S. contracts worth billions, and he is using Anna to conduct an end run around both MI6 and the CIA. No one but Anna cares about her safety or that of her child. If she wants to survive, she will have to engage in her own tricky endgame. VERDICT An exceptional spy story. Boy, is this good! [Audio CD ISBN 978-1-4001-1627-0; MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4001-6627-5.]-David Keymer, Modesto, CA Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.