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
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.
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!
One of the best -- well researched, great story, well developed characters.
The twists and turns of the story, the details about the country and the KGB.
Good voice, seemed to know the Russian pronunciation. On the other hand, his French was atrocious.
The descriptions of Dominique's conflicted thoughts were beautifully done
Can't wait for Jason Matthew's next book!
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.
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.
Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.
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.
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.
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.
Gable was very well depicted and extremely funny. Picture a young Brian Dennehy.
I ate two recipes from the book.
I can't wait for a sequel
I listen while I drive my 18-wheeler. I don't have a favorite genre, I like to listen to different likes of books.
I enjoyed the interaction between the CIA operator and his Russian Ballerina. To say more would reveal too much.
I didn't listen in one sitting, but it was easy to pick back up.
Hoping he has a sequel.
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