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
My wife tells me that I am very critical. That may be so but I am unabashedly positive about this novel. The characters are drawn realistically. Everyone thinks, acts and moves consistent within their own personality and motivation. The plot can be complex at times as the various players move like chess pieces creating new relationships and possibilities. The storyline is interesting. You care what happens. What more do you want?
One of the best spy novels I've read, going back to Le Carre. Evenly paced, no contrived plot lines or characters. Believable character development and story arch. The detailed spy craft lent credibility to the story.
I look forward to more from this author.
I thought as I neared the end that I would rate this as a 4. But when it ended I decided that although it lacked the energy of other spy and intrigue novels the story and characters were above average. Hence a 5.
The narration of the story was so poor I was unable to finish the book. The extremely long pauses in between sentences and overall slow pace of the narrator had me quit the story at chapter three.
The story itself is probably just fine to read. I was unable to listen past chapter three after multiple attempts.
book is probably fine. Narrator was not
Good new Cold War novel. Recipes at the end of the chapters was interesting at first and then got old. Narrator did a very good job setting the tone for each character. Diva's ability to know the character of another person through color auroras was a stretch. Otherwise it was a good listen.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book . I do not read many spy books so was not familiar with some of the abbreviations Saw author on TV!
The narration was wonderful
I'm going to read the next book however because was confused by many of Russian names . Easier to see in print ! Great story
Writing, story, and narration were first class. Kept my interest so much that I binge listened and actually looked forward my daily exercise hour.
I'm a retired Movie Prop Master Living in Venice CA. I've been listening to audio books since they were on cassette. Long drives in L.A.are perfect for listening.
Terrific spy story. Clearly written by an insider thrilling and technical and characters you care about. Plus mouth watering recipes at the end of every chapter. Really.
This is by far the best espionage books I have read. I couldn't wait to start the second book in the series. I ordered it immediately from Audible. With Jason Matthews' career with the CIA enriches the storyline.
The intricacies of the plot were brilliantly woven. The subject matter was very believable. I loved the recipes at the end of the chapters. All in all, this is one of the best books I've had the pleasure to listen to. Looking forward to hearing the next one in the series!
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