Okay, so this is my thought. People became this mans friend too easy. They trusted him. I thought this was off. I didn't think it was feasible. Though I must admit, he was in the a different county, where that may be more feasible. I live in the US and that just may not work. So I could be wrong. However, I also think about James Bond and in those flicks, he was able to get help of others. Things just happened for him.
My other point, when our main character spoke on the phone with his best friend who was living the double live. He just demanded to have a question answered. There was no rationale for it.
Other than that, I thought the book was good. In some ways it makes me think of Honor Among Thieves, though that book was written many years latter.
Well, that is a enough, I don't want to bad mouth the guy. But I do think if you are like me, pretentious about things you will find a book has some big feasibility holes.
The year is 1966, and the Soviet Union stands to deal the United States a humiliating defeat. A long-forgotten codicil to the treaty by which the United States bought Alaska from Russia would allow the Soviet Union a single opportunity to recover the territory - by purchasing it back for 100 times the purchase price, or 720 million dollars, after 99 years. President Andrew Johnson could never have forseen the difficulty in which he would one day place President Lyndon Johnson - who's not at all willing to become the first American leader to preside over a reduction in the size of his nation's territory
There's only one problem: the Soviets have lost their copy of the treaty. It's hidden an ancient Russian icon, itself locked in a Swiss safety deposit box. That icon, in turn, has just been mysteriously bequeathed to Adam Scott following the death of his father. As Adam moves to clear up questions surrounding his father's life, the Soviets dispatch Alex Romanov to retrieve the icon. Romanov is himself a very complex and dangerous character, a man whose loyalty to the regime he serves will be undermined by the very memory that he IS a Romanov. This book never slows down, and you'll never forget the scene when the safety deposit box is opened for the last time.
He opens the envelope and begins to unravel its secrets. Suddenly he's being pursued by the KGB. The defense strategy of the USA is in danger of becoming a pawn to Russia's plan to take over. An imaginative story, building suspense, surprising plot twists and lively writing make this a page-turner. If you like John Le Carre and Robert Ludlum's books, you should love this one.
Sunnye Tiedemann (aka Ruth F. Tiedemann)