Sunday, July 26, 2009

Red to Black by Alex Dryden + Contest!

Pub date: September, 2009

Finn is a veteran operative for MI6, stationed in Moscow. In the guise of an amiable trade secretary, he has penetrated deep into the dangerous labyrinth that is Russia under Vladimir Putin to discover some of its darkest secrets, thanks to a high-level source deep within the Kremlin.

The youngest female colonel in the KGB, Anna is the ambitious daughter of one of the former Soviet Union's elite espionage families. Charged with helping to make Russia strong again under Putin, she is ordered to spy on Finn and discover the identity of his mole.

At the dawn of the new millennium, these adversaries find themselves brought together by an unexpected love that becomes the only truth they can trust. When Finn uncovers a shocking and ingenious plan - hatched in the depths of the Cold War - to control the European continent and shift the balance of world power, he and Anna are thrust into a deadly plot in which friend and foe wear the same face. With time running out, they will race across Europe and risk everything - career, reputation, and even their own lives - to expose the terrifying truth.
(book back blurb)

After The Sentinels, I just didn't have the patience to actually get through this one. I didn't even get 100 pages in before I gave up on it. Despite the larger font and even larger margins, it was like sludging through molasses and when you get to a point where you're dreading to pick up and read anymore of a book, it's time to stop reading it.

It was nearly pure exposition up until my stopping point, and nonlinear at that. The stories the MC kept telling were jumping all over the time line and I found myself having a hard time keeping track of what happened when and where. If you're a Russian history buff, I'm sure it wouldn't have been a problem. Seeing as I'm not, the facts of the story kept getting lost on me because I couldn't remember them.

I wish the MC had a little more emotion. Maybe she does and it doesn't appear until later in the book, because that this point, not all that much has happened so there isn't much to get worked up over. But right now, she's kind of blah and doesn't react much one way or another to what she does see and/or do. But I won't know because I just can't bring myself to keep reading. I don't have the patience and I have better books to read in my TBR pile.

I'm not going to rate this one because it's not fair to. It could rightly get amazing after all the exposition's out. I just don't have the patience to wait that long.


You want to give it a whirl? All yours. Just leave a comment with your email. I hope it works out better for you! Contest will end August 16th.


barbrafl said...

As with the other one, I'm always willing to try the book.

barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

BrittLit said...

This sounds very interesting. I would love a chance to win it.


Ninja Fanpire said...

I'd like to be entered please

adriennelizbth08 said...

Awesome, thanks.

ReggieWrites said...


Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis

This book is right down my ally thanks for this chance to win it!!!

Rachel said...

Woo, pick me!

Sheere said...

Is it worldwide? because if it's count me in!
If not.. =(

Jake Lsewhere said...

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Paradox said...

Enter me please!

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Book Sp(l)ot said...

I like to give books a try...


Alexa said...

I would love to win this!


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