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 thoroughly enjoyed this book . I do not read many spy books so was not familiar with some of the abbreviations Saw author on TV!
The narration was wonderful
I'm going to read the next book however because was confused by many of Russian names . Easier to see in print ! Great story
Writing, story, and narration were first class. Kept my interest so much that I binge listened and actually looked forward my daily exercise hour.
I'm a retired Movie Prop Master Living in Venice CA. I've been listening to audio books since they were on cassette. Long drives in L.A.are perfect for listening.
Terrific spy story. Clearly written by an insider thrilling and technical and characters you care about. Plus mouth watering recipes at the end of every chapter. Really.
This is by far the best espionage books I have read. I couldn't wait to start the second book in the series. I ordered it immediately from Audible. With Jason Matthews' career with the CIA enriches the storyline.
The intricacies of the plot were brilliantly woven. The subject matter was very believable. I loved the recipes at the end of the chapters. All in all, this is one of the best books I've had the pleasure to listen to. Looking forward to hearing the next one in the series!
I struggled to finish this. Slow and uneventful. Recipes in between chapters cute for a chapter or two but annoying after a while. Author more concerned with food than a plot. All in all disappointed and more so because other reviews seemed promising.
The story is adequate as long as you're not looking for too many twists and turns. The characters are one-dimensional but interesting within that one dimension. Not the best book I've read, but good enough to keep me engaged throughout through to the end.
Of course, hard to know if true to the 'real CIA, KGB etc.... However, interesting, exciting and complex enough either way.
This was a good spy thriller. It is the new cold war. The SVR and the CIA are looking for moles in their own countries and trying to recruit new moles to spy for them. The Russian service is shown in quite a bad light. The CIA, while still trying to manipulate people, is shown as a kinder and gentler intelligence service. Both services are portrayed as being very political, in the worst sense of the word.
The main characters are Nick (young, handsome, CIA operative) and Diva (young, beautiful, SVR operative). They are charged with recruiting each other. You can guess that sparks fly. But that is only part of the story. Much more interesting is the long term mole the US has in the Russian service and the short term mole the Russians have in the US government.
The story is really compelling but what I hated, and deducted a star for, were the recipes read at the end of many, many chapters. If I were reading in print, I would have skipped them because they interferred with the compelling story, but in audio that was not possible. Put them at the end of the book where they do not interrupt.
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