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"A single spy - in the right place and at the right moment - may change the course of history."
Aleksi Ivanovich Smirnov, an orphan and a thief, has been living by his wits and surviving below the ever-watchful eye of the Soviet system until his luck finally runs out. In 1936, at the age of 16, Aleksi is caught by the NKVD and transported to Moscow. There, in the notorious headquarters of the secret police, he is given a choice: be trained and inserted as a spy into Nazi Germany under the identity of his best friend, the long-lost nephew of a high-ranking Nazi official, or disappear forever in the basement of the Lubyanka. For Aleksi it's no choice at all.
Over the course of the next seven years, Aleksi has to live his role, that of the devoted nephew of a high Nazi official, and ultimately works for the legendary German spymaster Wilhelm Canaris as an intelligence agent in the Abwehr. All the while acting as a double agent - reporting back to the NKVD and avoiding detection by the Gestapo. Trapped between the implacable forces of two of the most notorious dictatorships in history and truly loyal to no one but himself, Aleksi's goal remains the same - survival.
In 1943 Aleksi is chosen by the Gestapo to spearhead one of the most desperate operations of the war - to infiltrate the site of the upcoming Tehran conference between Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin and set them up to be assassinated. For Aleksi it's the moment of truth; for the rest of the world, the future is at stake.
©2017 William Christie (P)2017 Macmillan Audio
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By William Harrison on 08-31-17

Young Adult Spy/Fantasy?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Not to bash. I think William Christie has great potential. But one of the reasons I purchased this was I read a review that stated .....the most intelligent spy novel I've read since the early LeCarre books.... This is not the case. If your looking for a unrealistic spy book written at the teen level, this is for you. I cant believe someone said this was like LeCarre. Also, the location is Russia but the narrator is unable to create a Russian accent so the characters are all American. Also, the Alexei's handler sounds like an over dramatic marvel comics villain.. If your in the mood for an ultra realistic, sophisticated and satisfying spy book try Typhoon by Charles Cumming, or I just finished a fabulous investigative thriller called A Dying Breed by Peter Hanington...

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I didnt finish it.

Did Ari Fliakos do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I wish he created Russian accents for the Russians.

Did A Single Spy inspire you to do anything?

Look for something more sophisticated.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful


By BKline on 06-03-17

Wandered Away from Reality Then Just Stopped

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, it started out fine, but then the lead character turned into a super hero and it left reality behind.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have made his skills more realistic and actually given it a proper ending - it just stopped. I thought something was wrong with my iPod, but no, that was the end.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, because if it ended the way the book did, I would feel cheated.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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