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Smith’s final volume in the trilogy about KGB agent Leo Demidov spans the Cold War era from 1963 to 1981. Leo’s life takes him from Russia to Afghanistan to New York and back to Russia. A tragedy occurs when his wife and daughters visit the US. The aftermath leaves him adrift. He spends years as an advisor in Afghanistan smoking opium to dull his emotional pain. Ultimately he travels to New York bringing with him a young Afghani agent in training and an 8-year-old survivor of a Soviet bombing. He must try to find answers to questions that have plagued him. The whole three book story is tragic but satisfying. Leo, first as an idealistic agent, then a struggling husband and father trying to protect his family, then back to working for the Soviets in Afghanistan and finally as a defector learns that the greatest, most noble motivator a human can have is love. In the end, the people you love are all that really matter.
posted Apr 15, 2012 at 4:29PM
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Worked for the MGB, the State Security Force; enforced the rules; wants to serve his country; has arrested and interrogated many civilians; lived in mild luxury until he finds himself demoted; every belief he has ever had shattered; has to stop a real criminal, a murderer that the State won't even admit exists in order to save his life and family; family goes on a trip to New York; watches as his family is pulled into a web of conspiracy.