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 love reading books that include recipes, but it DOES NOT WORK FOR AUDIO! You're in th midst of something gripping, you have no visual cue that it's coming, and suddenly there is a man telling you how to make beet soup! So distracting and disruptive! Next time group the recipes at the end!
The author's voice is evident in this neo Cold War novel and the reader makes it come alive (save for only a few misplaced accents and word stresses). I recommend this book to any fan of Cold War spy thrillers and this one shows that the war continues.
I was intrigued from start to finish! I highly recommend this book and the recipes that are peppered throughout!
If you're into stories of espionage and intrigue, this one's right up your alley. And Jeremy Bobb does a skillful job of narrating, varying his voice for different male characters and making the female voices seem real instead of silly, an affliction from which many narrators suffer.
My wife tells me that I am very critical. That may be so but I am unabashedly positive about this novel. The characters are drawn realistically. Everyone thinks, acts and moves consistent within their own personality and motivation. The plot can be complex at times as the various players move like chess pieces creating new relationships and possibilities. The storyline is interesting. You care what happens. What more do you want?
One of the best spy novels I've read, going back to Le Carre. Evenly paced, no contrived plot lines or characters. Believable character development and story arch. The detailed spy craft lent credibility to the story.
I look forward to more from this author.
I thought as I neared the end that I would rate this as a 4. But when it ended I decided that although it lacked the energy of other spy and intrigue novels the story and characters were above average. Hence a 5.
The narration of the story was so poor I was unable to finish the book. The extremely long pauses in between sentences and overall slow pace of the narrator had me quit the story at chapter three.
The story itself is probably just fine to read. I was unable to listen past chapter three after multiple attempts.
book is probably fine. Narrator was not
Good new Cold War novel. Recipes at the end of the chapters was interesting at first and then got old. Narrator did a very good job setting the tone for each character. Diva's ability to know the character of another person through color auroras was a stretch. Otherwise it was a good listen.
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