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Fascinating story. I read the fiction version by Brian Haig and had to read this.
Would you consider the audio edition of Defiance to be better than the print version?
I don't know.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Defiance?
Alex and Elena (the Russians the DOJ and INS are trying to kidnap and betray to the KGB) are almost out and get arrested at the US/Canada border bridge.
What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?
He conveys excitement, fear and joy.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Not extreme, but it does make me angry that our government acted like jack booted thugs to toady to the Russians. They almost destroyed two innocent people whose only crime was to aggravate Putin and the KGB.
Any additional comments?
This story is so dramatic and suspenseful it's like a well crafted fictional thriller. It has clear heroes and villains. Had it not been for a US District Judge named T.S. Ellis and the two lawyers who defended Alex and Elena, they would have been turned over to the KGB and disappeared. They came within minutes of being put on a plane to Moscow.
We all know how wretched and brutal communism is, but this story shows how it crushes any human dignity and ambition. The protagonists' crime was to be successful business people when the USSR was collapsing and draw attention to themselves. Alex was one of Yeltsin's first backers. Yeltsin had the guts to stand in front of tanks and almost single handedly stop a coup. The communists never forgave him or his backers.
Those of us who are US citizens don't know how lucky we are. Non-citizens, no matter how long they've lived here and how productive and law abiding they've been, can get snatched and subjected to 'extraordinary extradition' and have no rights at all.