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
Jason Matthews has deep knowledge of current spy craft, and he happens to be an outstanding writer. This is literature, good, high quality prose, wrapped around very enjoyable and multi-dimensional characters, with a plot that builds. Jeremy Bobb's reading is commendable, beautifully capturing Russian accents.
Born in Ohio, lived in California, Alaska, and now Texas
Better than The Grey Man, but not in the same league as One Shot, The Fifth Witness, or The Lincoln Lawyer, or Three Seconds.
This novel keeps you guessing & enjoying from the opening to the very end. Just when you think you can guess what will happen next you discover that you didn't see it coming. An excellent listen (or read).
The ending. I won't give it away.
I will look for his performances in the future. An excellent rendering of the characters.
Too long for one sitting, but you definitely look forward to you next opportunity to "tune in" and continue following the story.
While the reader was a tad dry, the spy story had all the elements it needed. With the Cold War in our past, the good spy stories have faded. I enjoyed this one!
Great story! Great narrator. But for an audiobook
We could do WITHOUT THE DARNED RECIPES!
If you're reading you can SKIP THEM.
Why is there Dill Weed in every recipe?
No wonder Nadh was puking all the time!
Overall, a thoroughly good listen. Character development far better than in many contemporary 'thrillers'.
This is a long listen - which I normally enjoy. There were points in the final chapters that I felt there was a cumbersomeness that the majority of the tale did not possess.
Give a listen - you will not be disappointed!
I tend to read the more action-packed superhero style of spy novels (a la Vince Flynn or Ludlum) so this story was different than I had expected. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed it's focus on the (more realistic) relationship aspect of the espionage world.
This book was too long. My friends who read the book said the Russian names were difficult. I told them they should be listening to the names if they wanted to be confused. It made it very difficult to track characters, as the names sounded so similar. The lead characters were not that likable. I just don't get what all the critics thought was so wonderful. I wanted to scream when the 2 main characters got together and wouldn't speak what was on their mind. Why recipes in a spy book??? And recipes with no amounts in the ingredients???
Good narration. About the only thing I liked about the book.
Very disappointed in book, not audio.
Very entertaining and captivating spy story set in the post – cold war with Russia. Highly recommended for an airplane trip or a long drive.
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