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Every spy has a beginning, and for Colonel Aleksandr Talanov of the KGB, that moment occurs one summery night in 1985 on the Costa del Sol, at the height of Cold War tensions between the Americans and Soviets.
As a signatory to the Biological Weapons Treaty of 1972, the United States had already destroyed its military stockpiles of weaponized pathogens. The Soviet Union, however, responded differently to the signing of that treaty. They created a network of forty-seven top-secret production facilities spread across Russia. Called Biopreparat, it was the largest biological weapons program in history.
So when a scientist from one of those facilities decides to defect, Talanov has the assigned task of bringing him back. But after tracking the scientist and his family to Spain, Talanov is betrayed and the scientist and his family are murdered.
The only survivor is their teenage daughter, Noya — short for Noyabŕ — in English, “November” — and what happens in an impulsive moment changes the course of Talanov’s life by placing him in a desperate race to save Noya from the deadliest and most vicious adversary he will ever encounter: the KGB.
“This is another of Aleksandr Talanov (the first I have read myself), the first books being Department Thirteen & Greco´s Game are before this one but in this book is when, as the author puts in his book description “Every spy has a beginning, and for Colonel Aleksandr Talanov of the KGB, that moment occurs one summery night in 1985 on the Costa del Sol, at the height of Cold War tensions between the Americans and Soviets.”
I enjoyed the beginning that had a description and explanation of important events between the years of 1972 and 1985.
Colonel Aleksandr Talanov and Sofia Dubanina are the main characters and they are hot on the heels of Gorev, a Russian scientist who wants to defect, and Aleksandr and Sofia are doing their best to stop him. They get involved some other people who are wanting to help Gorav, and here is where it gets interesting as there is plenty of action, fights and more.
In this book there is a lot of dialogue between the characters and they seem to barter around with each other not really doing anything or going anywhere and it got a little annoying at times, I wanted them to just get over it and get on with the story, but I did warm up to both of the main characters in the end even though they aren´t the nicest of people.
I was attracted to this book as it was where I grew up and this novel is based on some of the areas I remember as a child. I was taken on a mini tour of the coast from Barcelona through to Torremolinos, but other places in Spain are also mentioned.
You are taken on a roller coaster ride in the beginning, visiting casinos, expensive hotels and fast cars which I really enjoyed.
This is a good example of cold war, spy novel, chases, plenty of spending money in a very excessive way. Well worth a read even though it is rather short at only 231 pages.”