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
I own auto restoration business, do custom painting. and Im an Audible-aholic. Im getting rite educated two.
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great book must listen and get palace of treason also. they go together
Immensely satisfying rendition of what I thought was a familiar song called "the spy novel."
Red Sparrow reinvigorates the entire genre.
This will either destroy your weekend or see you through a terrible flu. Not only will you not be sorry, you will hear Jeremy Bobb's voice in your head, and you will insist that your favorite fellow readers (for me, my sister), buy it and kiss their weekend goodbye too.
Compelling read. Thoughtful, fully developed characterizations for leads. Subtle, deliberate interweaving of multiple plotlines. And there's a follow-up! I'm in.
I list this book as tedious because I actually quit listening to it several times. The storyline starts off quite well, but then, without reason, the characters began to do things that made no sense. In fact, several times the word contrived came to mind. Inevitably, I continued listening more out of curiosity than out of true interest. The characters simply did things that made absolutely no sense and, thereby, lost any interest to me. The worst example was the author's obsession with making the FBI agents and, actually, anyone except the CIA employees look like buffoons all the way around. The bottom line is that I wanted to enjoy this book but came away sorely disappointed.
slow but so full of details and inrigues. a fantastic voice kept you from turning off.
i could hardly wait for next mornings commute to hear the continuation.
a must read
Jason Matthews 30 years experience as an agent in the CIA allows him to portray a very realistic scenario of modern spy craft. The story is fast-paced with many twisted, complicated plot lines. The characters are well developed. As in real life they often question the motivation of the people with whom they interact. They can be emotional and act out in sometimes counterproductive but very realistic ways.
All in all a great read!
I found the recipes at the end of each chapter a great counterpoint, although I would never make any of them as I absolutely detest beets, caviar and cooked cabbage…
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