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 good story, and I like the reader ok, although he was a little flat at times, not distinguishing one character from another with his voice. I think some of the detail could have been pared down. Ten hours would have been more like it.
This book was fair at best. It was good enough to hold my interest, but I expected more. The story is predictable and the characters are shallow stereotypes. The author's preoccupation with food quickly becomes annoying as does the color auras. I did enjoy the author's insight into modern intelligence and the narration is pretty good. On reflection, I wish I could give it 2-1/2 stars. I'm surprised I finished listening to this one.
This was the best spy book I have read. The narrator did an excellent job. The author did an amazing job of introducing the characters and making them meaningful. I really wanted to continue to listen to every hour of this book. Well done.
I wish that the synopsis of the book would have gone more into the role sexuality plays in the book. It is extremely explicit, would not have purchased it if I had known
I only listened to the first three chapters, and found it gratuitious and intentionally shocking. I am not a prude, but this was too much. It should have been part of the book description so that I could have made a more informed choice.
it was a fine reading, the content is the problem
really the description on the website does not give you any indication of how graphic and continuous the sexual content is. Of the first 3 hours of the book, at least half of it is very graphic sexual detail
please let us know what we are purchasing. This may not be too much for some, but it was definitely too much for me. It was continuous, gratuitous, and unexpected from reading the synopsis. I was expecting a spy thriller, not a story of a Russion Dancer turned into a sexual predator
I don't know how I selected this novel but what a find. The story and narration are first rate. This is a moody action and so well researched drama I could not put it down.
Before I finished it I had to find out what else Jason Matthews had in store for me. I was sorely disappointed this was his only offering so far. I only hope he working on another brilliant
piece of entertainment.
His background is in espionage and the black
arts and his story line is fantastic. And
Also, the characters both villain and Heroes are
If you are a fan of spy craft and have read all the masters you will surely be adding Mr. Matthews to your library. Enjoy this magnificent novel.
One of best I have ever listened to. Descriptors were amazing-like actually being there visually and emotionally. Great read (listen:)
It is more than a quick task to write a review, but this novel is more than entertaining. The story is unusual, the characters unexpected, the experience of listening highly engaging.
I was not prepared for the turns in the plot. Both the characters and the story line kept me in the moment; I wanted to understand what was happening.
There is an inviting tone in the voice telling this story. I am sorry that I have finished it for now; I look forward to coming back and enjoying and being absorbed by it again.
Can you trust that birds of a feather will stick together? Maybe not.
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