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
Semi retired computer field engineer.
This is a pretty classic spy thriller that is presented in a more modern style. I felt the characters and story to be well developed. The storyline was pretty "even". The interactions, developments and attitudes of the characters were very plausible. For a work of fiction, it was all very plausible, real. My interest was maintain throughout the book. It was entertaining. It's a good book well worth the listen.
One comment made in another review does stick in my mind though. What with all the recipes at the end of each chapter? In fairness to the writer, I would guess it's designed to add to the "color" of the descriptions. The author spends no small amount of time describing the look, the smell and the taste of things. I think they were successful in painting the pictures and enhancing the feel of being on location in the story. I guess as a mechanism for the degree of realism being sought, I suppose the recipes were an interesting "gimmick", but not essential for my "tastes". Sorry for the pun, but I did start to feel like a "foodie" more and more as I listened. Hey, at least I started making better eggs after listening!
I think you will enjoy this meal.
It's not sure about this one since I have not heard anything written by this author. I have to say that this book will not disappoint with it's pretty dynamic and twisted plot. Well developed character of Dominika, Korchnoi however Nash is some what under explored.
I love the way that the surveillance techniques are described in detail it really paints a vivid picture in a tedious life of the men and women of clandestine service.
I also like the way that Putin was intertwined into the story and given an incredibly sinister overtone that reflects his KGB background.
I take of points for narration due to incorrect pronunciation of 90% of Russian words. I think the narrator could have spend a bit more time practicing the Russian pronounce. Some of the words are pronounced incorrectly many times throughout the book. Unfortunately many narrators pay more attention to the correct French and Spanish pronunciation it would be good to have Russian words ring true in future recordings.
Overall a must listen. Looking forward to see more from this author.
The author's CIA experience really made this novel feel so real. The plot was very complex, the details were very vivid, and I could not put it down.
The fact that he also included recipes at the end of each chapter, that was a very unique addition.
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
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