An incredible book, written in the worst traditions of the Cold War, it's not only anti-communist (which may be a sort of obligatory to get a book published), but Russophobic as well (you read that most Russians are "dirty and stupid" - and a lot of similar or even worse things! - perhaps it is also becoming obligatory?). The book is one of the worst examples of such mass-production I have ever seen.
And that's not all. The author's arrogance is unbelievable: he KNOWS VIRTUALLY NOTHING about the time/country/events he is writing about!! The book is full of silly mistakes including, in particular, even Russian names (e.g. "Petya Ivan Stefanovich" instead of "Petr Ivanovich Stefanovich" etc etc), Moscow topography (you drive from Lubjanka via Arbat further to the East(!), along the frozen banks of the Moskva-river(!!), and so on) and many other obvious and well-known facts which any person attempting to write a book of that sort should know. The funniest mistakes are perhaps using "Amerikanski" for the Russian word "Amerikanec" (= an American national) and "Turkmenistans" (!!!) instead of "Turkmen". Listing all such "flops" would take hours and hours. A minimum research before starting the book would do no harm.
Last but not least: the plot itself is quite ridiculous and naïve, situations created by the author's imagination are hopelessly unrealistic.
Pity that such a book has ever been published. Amazing that some people like it. Sad that it became a bestseller - whatever it means .