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Red Sparrow: A Novel | [Jason Matthews]

Red Sparrow: A Novel

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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©2013 Jason Matthews (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Ginger R 01-27-15
    Ginger R 01-27-15

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    "VERY WELL DONE"
    What made the experience of listening to Red Sparrow the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    What does Jeremy Bobb bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Can you trust that birds of a feather will stick together? Maybe not.


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    Abby 01-27-15
    Abby 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not for the casual listener"

    I must have started this book more than five times. Eventually I went to a site that listed and described each character and then I was hooked. The thing is that all the Russian names are so similar to me that I ended up being SO CONFUSED. The site I went to also described all the spycraft idioms which made a big difference. I did really enjoy it in the end!

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    Anne L. San Diego 01-20-15
    Anne L. San Diego 01-20-15 Member Since 2006

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    "Wonderful book!"
    Where does Red Sparrow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best -- well researched, great story, well developed characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns of the story, the details about the country and the KGB.


    What about Jeremy Bobb’s performance did you like?

    Good voice, seemed to know the Russian pronunciation. On the other hand, his French was atrocious.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The descriptions of Dominique's conflicted thoughts were beautifully done


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for Jason Matthew's next book!

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    Harold Inverness, US, Canada 01-13-15
    Harold Inverness, US, Canada 01-13-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Very engaging"

    Very engaging and well designed plot. Best listen over the past two years. Want more like this one. Very realistic.

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    MJM Miami 01-07-15
    MJM Miami 01-07-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Fabulous!"

    So well written! This book was really outstanding in every aspect. I highly recommended if you want a tense spy novel. I can only hope there will be a follow up book. I congratulate Jason Matthews.

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    F. Thompson 12-08-14
    F. Thompson 12-08-14 Member Since 2011

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    "One dimensional characters--predictable plot"

    Interesting, but predictable, post Cold War plot. The "Bad guys" are evil, evil, evil and the "Good guys" are without depth and are hard to relate to. This book needed a lot of editing. Especially annoying are the 30 seconds or so devoted to recipes! The narrator was very good but I even tired of his voice because the book overlong and bloated.

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    Doug Columbus, NC, United States 11-30-14
    Doug Columbus, NC, United States 11-30-14 Member Since 2015

    Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.

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    "A first-rate mystery/thriller....a "page turner""

    Written by a retired CIA operative, this book sounds realistic and it is a book that grabs the reader on the first page and does not let go. I first read the print version a year ago, and now I am listening to the audio. My only regret.....Matthews has only written one book! His next one is due out in 2015 I think. I hate to wait! Seriously! For those who want to know...yes, Red Sparrow has sex and violence. But the s&v fit the story....they are not just thrown in to fill some pages with vulgarity.

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    Alvin 11-28-14
    Alvin 11-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Hope this is just the beginning!"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm only a quarter of the way through and very impressed so far. Four stars might be premature, but I doubt it. So far right up there with Clancy, Flynn, Coes, Greaney, Eisler, Berenson, and Thor in terms of pure entertainment. Closer to Clancy so far in style and the technical aspects of spy craft. I hope there will be more books from Jason Matthews. Oh, and this is the first book I've listened to narrated by Jeremy Bobb and he does a very good job overall. I'll definitely be recommending Red Sparrow.

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    mark l gostine East Grand Rapids, MI USA 11-22-14
    mark l gostine East Grand Rapids, MI USA 11-22-14 Member Since 2002
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    "As intricate as Le Carré but more enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to Red Sparrow the most enjoyable?

    I thoroughly enjoyed ever character in the book. Gable was hysterical and the two primary protagonists were riveting and admirable. Finally a book where the main character is not an alcoholic or divorced ruminating about how lousy his or her life had become.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gable was very well depicted and extremely funny. Picture a young Brian Dennehy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I ate two recipes from the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for a sequel

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    Donna Montana 11-01-14
    Donna Montana 11-01-14 Member Since 2014

    I listen while I drive my 18-wheeler. I don't have a favorite genre, I like to listen to different likes of books.

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    "Great Book"
    What did you love best about Red Sparrow?

    I enjoyed the interaction between the CIA operator and his Russian Ballerina. To say more would reveal too much.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I didn't listen in one sitting, but it was easy to pick back up.


    Any additional comments?

    Hoping he has a sequel.

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