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
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.
Enjoyed the way this author introduced each character and let you get used to them before bringing forward another. Good story along with suspense. Narrator was okay but would have preferred another that could emulate the different accents of the characters to make the reading of the story more authentic. Looking forward to the next novel by Jason Matthews. He will be added to my list of favorite authors.
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!
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