The start of a major career! A gripping, highly commercial espionage thriller written with the delicious insider detail and up-to-the-minute insight only known to a veteran CIA spook.
In today's Russia, dominated by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence. Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.
Seeking revenge against her soulless masters, Dominika begins a fatal double life, recruited by the CIA to ferret out a high-level traitor in Washington - hunt down a Russian illegal buried deep in the U.S. military and, against all odds, to return to Moscow as the new-generation penetration of Putin's intelligence service. Dominika and Nathaniel's impossible love affair and twisted spy game come to a deadly conclusion in the shocking climax of this electrifying, up-to-the minute spy thriller.w
©2013 Jason Matthews (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio
Reasonably entertaining however felt heavy handed with awkward plot transitions. Sex scenes were not necessary and were in fact not well written - would have been better without. I use books like this to pass time while running and it was great for that.
Red Sparrow is an engaging spy novel that remained excellent throughout.
Always loved Frederick Forsyth novels... this is in the same class.
Excellent narrator - you do not know he is there.
Great story and wonderful reader. Including recipes was not only distracting but ridiculous! Writer should skip these in the future.
I sure hope not
not for me - no
I just couldn't get into the story and then, just when I thought it was getting interesting, it got boring. I was expecting more.....and I can't really put that into a better description, but just something more! There was so much hype about this book and I know a lot of people that did enjoy it. I just wasn't one of them!
A bodice-ripper from the view of the man. This lame-assed book is for middle-aged men dreaming of a world where they're relevant and all women are either beautiful and in love with them or ugly and evil. I suspect the author knows better but is pandering to his audience. Shame. The spy craft part would have been great without the gratuitous need for women to debase themselves sexually for the gratification of the reader.
A gripping, startlingly realistic spy novel refreshingly set in modern Russia. A must read for any fan of the spy genre.
However, the reader's massacring of Russian phrases and words throughout the book made immersion very difficult, and rendered many of the colloquialisms that gave the book it's immersive charm harsh, grating, and unwelcome.
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