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Red Sparrow: A Novel | [Jason Matthews]

Red Sparrow: A Novel

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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©2013 Jason Matthews (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Brian largo, FL, United States 02-02-14
    Brian largo, FL, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Just a GREAT all around book and listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to Red Sparrow the most enjoyable?

    It's the story & it's really good!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Loved the way it made you think of difficult issues and brought out the "what would I do" in me!


    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Bobb – was your favorite?

    I loved the way he delivered the beautiful young lady!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think how happy I am to be an American and how proud I am of the NSA & CIA! They aint perfect, but their mine!


    Any additional comments?

    Really look forward to next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jane PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 02-02-14
    jane PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "By far, the best spy novel I have ever read,"
    Would you listen to Red Sparrow again? Why?

    It offers authentic and meaningful insight into the contemporary espionage universe. It is both compelling and especially smart. Red Sparrow is an all time favorite!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Lakemont, GA, USA 02-01-14
    Bob Lakemont, GA, USA 02-01-14
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Sparrow to be better than the print version?

    Like Audio books better


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dominika, her determination and abiltiy to see colors


    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Bobb – was your favorite?

    Dominika


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How she never broke when being tortured.


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't like the recipe deal at the end of chapters. Distracting and annoying.l
    Hope there is a follow up. Ending leads to believe there will be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hilma Siek 01-31-14
    Hilma Siek 01-31-14
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    If you could sum up Red Sparrow in three words, what would they be?

    "Red October" ..... can't wait for Jason's next book ......


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    YES..


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Bobb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    can't wait for the next book....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 01-25-14
    Matthew 01-25-14

    I love reading fast paced real life experiences from military to medical professionals! I also enjoy some fiction such as books written by Tom Clancy and Patricia Cornwell.

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    "Worth the wait!"
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    Although this audiobook started out a little slow, it was well worth the wait! I have read thousands of books, but have only listened to a few dozen and I would definitely put Red Sparrow in my top ten reads/listens. This book is what I consider a "thinker" book, when after a little background information on the characters, the book picks up pace and you can't miss ANYTHING that the narrator reads or you feel like you've missed some vital info to the story. I LOVE STORIES like Red Sparrow because you HAVE TO THINK and pay attention! I would recommend Red Sparrow to any reader who loves suspense, mystery, spy stories and not being able to guess the ending until you've actually read all the way to the very last page!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Meleleu Dallas 01-21-14
    Stephen Meleleu Dallas 01-21-14 Member Since 2015

    Sailboat Guy

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    "Spy vs spy once more."
    Would you listen to Red Sparrow again? Why?

    Maybe, I don't usually repeat books. But would enjoy another book on this or from the author.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Sparrow and how she managed to work through the web of deceit and double cross.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren 01-18-14
    Lauren 01-18-14 Member Since 2012

    Literature professor and lover of mystery books!

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    "Interesting and complex"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful spy thriller. It is fast-paced, has lots of turns, and integrates interesting facts about spying. It reminds me of le Carre but is much more exciting.
    My only complaint about the romance angle--it seemed incongruous with the rest of the story and slowed the action down to no positive effect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Palmetto, FL, United States 12-13-13
    Nancy Palmetto, FL, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Amazing book for an author's first work"
    If you could sum up Red Sparrow in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, well -written,


    What does Jeremy Bobb bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I always listen to mystery novels because I can both listen and do mindless or boring tasks. My husband and I also listen when traveling by car as the miles seem to go much more quickly. I visualize the story more when it is narrated.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sparrow school introduced a way of training a spy that I had never considered. It wasn't the extremes that made it interesting but the story was written so well and in a way that provided some many interesting details of the world of a spy and the CIA that it made it a great listen (of course, it is clear that the story didn't give away anything secret, but gave a window into the agency that a great backdrop,


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this is the first of a number of novels by this author in a series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Vandenberg Oregon 12-03-13
    K. Vandenberg Oregon 12-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    Where does Red Sparrow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks at the top of the spy/espionage genre, in my opinion. If you enjoy this type of story, you'll love this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Everything about this story was set up and put together like fine music. Plot, character development - everything! I throughly enjoyed the ride and look forward to more from Jason Matthews.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim San Jose, Costa Rica 09-06-13
    Tim San Jose, Costa Rica 09-06-13 Member Since 2014

    Retired Ex-Pat living Near San Jose, Costa Rica.

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    "Yeah... It's a winner!"

    There are not a lot of reviews on this book which is why I will chime in with my thoughts.

    This is a first time author, and he has done an excellent job. I will certainly be an early reader of his next offering.

    The Publisher's Summary is a tad melodramatic, but it is designed to sell as we all know. Still, no major errors.

    This is for sure a clever spy novel, but to compare it to John le Carré as did one reviewer? Nope... but that is NOT to say it is not a great read. It is just that le Carré expects a sophisticated and highly educated reader and allows the plot to develop in the readers mind, and for that reason, he writes for a far more narrow audience.

    Jason Matthews is what I would call, “A writer for the common man”, and that is NOT a negative. John le Carré is a hard read for many. With Matthews there is no need here to have your dictionary nor a bucket of patience at hand awaiting plot development. Matthews does an excellent job of building suspense right from the start... something I learned early to my regret in Chapter 1 when I decided to be late to a meeting just see what happened to the protagonist Nathaniel Nash. Caught me nicely off guard.

    Recipes

    If you have read the other reviews, you see some negative comments about the recipes. Oh geez people... get over it. This author ends each chapter with a recipe. So what! Sometimes they are what the characters ate in that chapter... other times just recipes more or less related to location/country. Any time an author uses his imagination to make his novel a bit different is, to me, a clever divergence from the norm. Just make sure you are not reading this book on an empty stomach... some of those recipes sound awfully good!

    Authentic Detail

    Ummm... I have no idea if all the details are authentic, and I doubt if there are many who do. Dominika (the Russian agent) supposedly was sent the Sparrow School where female spies were taught the sexual arts to use as agents. There seems to be no hard data to confirm the existence of a Sparrow School, but Tom Clancy did introduce the idea in one of his books. Who cares? It plays well in this book. As for all the other details? Same thing... I really read books like this for enjoyment. They call it fiction for a reason. It feels authentic and to me that is what is most important in a fiction novel. The CIA certainly does not come out looking much better than the old KGB, but that should probably not be much of a surprise.

    Sex

    OK... now I have your attention... Jason Matthews writes really good sex scenes! No raw nasty overdone fornication here. He gives the reader the passion without the need for vulgarity. I suspicion women will like this (though I may by just be inadvertently a sexist pig). In fact he writes it so well, especially from what I am guessing is the female point of view, that Jason Matthews is clearly in touch with his feminine side. Further, as sex between the lead characters is forbidden, it makes the wait all the better.


    The Reader

    Jeremy Bobb tries. He really does. However, he just reads... That's it. He simply does not have the breadth to bring life to the many characters and makes no attempt to add the accents and characterization so important in a novel of this type. I would suggest someone like John Lee for future novels, though there are certain many who could master the accents and make the book even better.


    Overall?

    The book offers lots of intrigue, action, suspense and enough humor that the other stuff does not overwhelm the reader. Unlikely to win any awards, but absolutely worth a credit and a few hours of your time. Get it.... oh... and be prepared for a follow-up novel. We leave a character nicely dangling!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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