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 was a good all around story, but was heavy with sex.
The mystery surrounding the two main characters.
Yes, but you won't want an audience.
Brilliant story. Well written - first class verbal construction. Excellent reader. Had me rivited fro start to finish.
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
No, it was too dry.and I had a hard time getting past the first few sections.
A reasonable paced story
I have listened to other books in this genre and they were good. This book was way tooooo slooooooow
Flat and uninteresting is the best I can say
There have been very few books over my 10+ years of listening to books that I could not get through. I thought I was just about done with the book and realized I had not even got to the second half of the book
Lawyer, Vietnam War draftee, Peace Corps Thailand, fan of the Constitution, Science Fiction lover, work in New York City, like bodysurfing
I got this book because of its reader rating. Although I got hooked early, I found it kind of formulaic. Strikingly beautiful Russian spy who excels in everything... American spies who are so top drawer... like the James Clancy military men.. So different from the flawed or troubled LeCarre spies. Lots of fun but not up to its rating in my opinion.
Faster pace, less cussing and more to the point...less meandering around the story
all of them
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
Some books are not made for audio. This is one of those. By the second half, I started to laugh every time I heard "he said" or "she said." It really became comical.
I can see where this author was going with the book. The current setting makes it much more interesting than it might have been if it had been set in another era. The inclusion of recipes is fabulous. It's a slight turn in an otherwise straightforward spy book. But I found the dialogue to be really stilted and the flat narration made it worse. There was so much that could have been done with accents to make it a better listen. I was completely unimpressed.
I'm giving this 3 stars (instead of 2) because it's a substantial effort for a first book. Given his background and wealth of subject matter, it will be interesting to watch his writing mature. I very much hope a more fitting narrator is selected for the next one.
When I could sort it out from the abysmal reading! I love good spy stories but I hate to have to work so hard at listening!
Almost anyone who has knowledge of the Russian language! Ron McLarty might have been my choice perhaps or maybe Wanda McCadden?
Jeremy Bobb almost destroys the content of the story with his complete lack of imagination and variation in tone. He sounds as if he were reading a textbook - it is hard to discern when one character ends a sentence and another responds. Keeping track of the storyline and political maneuverings is almost impossible since it is all read in the same monotone. What a disservice to the author to assign such a miserable reader to his extraordinary work!
I happened to be Russian thus know thing or two about my county, culture and language.
It starts with the title. Sparrow in Russian is masculine. Women like Dominica are called "swallows". Guess "Red swallow" would sound as nice as "Red sparrow"...
I'm used to people butchering the Russian words (thanks Hollywood!), however when someone is trying to sell me a story where a CIA operative who's fluent in Russian is using words that are not used in a day-to-day conversation since probably 19th century - I have a hard time buying it.
Also feel like I have to mention foul language. Please don't get me wrong, I'm not a stranger to occasional f-bomb. However, have to ask would author still use Charley Utah November Tango or Foxtrot Alpha Golf if it was in English, not Russian.
FSB operatives in furry hats? What's next, drunk people on streets with balalaikas? Gypsys with bears? Glad it didn't happen, but was expecting it any moment.
The author clearly understand trade craft and has an intimate knowledge of both American and Russian intelligence agencies. I thought the story was realistic and plausible and left an opening for a sequel. The characters are realistic, humans with attendant foibles and flaws.
McCarry was always my favorite author of this genre but I think Jason Matthews may well surpass him. I highly recommend this book.
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