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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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    Colette F California 08-06-14
    Colette F California 08-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Tedious, Boring, Ridiculous"
    What disappointed you about Red Sparrow?

    I listened to 7 of the 17 hours and NOTHING happened except interminable visits to Helsinki restaurants and swimming pools.


    Has Red Sparrow turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, there are many good books in this genre.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jeremy Bobb?

    Maybe, he did the best he could with the lousy material


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Get Jason Matthews an editor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thom Ferrell Centerville, TN United States 07-31-14
    Thom Ferrell Centerville, TN United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Lots of recipes-No Story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A Chef.


    Has Red Sparrow turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What about Jeremy Bobb’s performance did you like?

    Good narrator, too bad there was no real story


    Any additional comments?

    Very slow in development. Lots of filler dialogue. The premise is good just poorly told by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John B. Morgan III Austin, Texas 07-29-14
    John B. Morgan III Austin, Texas 07-29-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Solid craftsmanship, believable, absorbing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Sparrow to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version. The audible was first-rate. I get bored with the narrators after some hours, and sometimes will use them as a sleep inducer. If I slept on this book, I'd always remember where I left off, and go back to catch what I'd slept through. Looked for more of Matthews, but this must be his first. I'll buy the second.


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

    Believable, fast-paced, credible, and very interesting characters.


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

    Diva. Read/listen to the book, and you'll see why.


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

    I read widely. At age seventy, I don't continue what fails to intrigue or enlighten. This is worth your time.


    Any additional comments?

    Try it. You'll like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Shuffler Tallahassee, FL 07-03-14
    L. Shuffler Tallahassee, FL 07-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful thriller! Looking for more!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Sparrow to be better than the print version?

    I don't know. All I can manage is Audio books now as my life is to busy to read, but listen to my books when driving always.


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

    Yes. You never knew which way the plot would turn. Very little of it was predictable.


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

    No


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

    Not especially. It was all a challenge and a surprise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TcmDoc 07-03-14
    TcmDoc 07-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring, after 4 hours I couldn't take it anymore!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It wasn't going anywhere fast. It's mostly descriptive and not much dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book for a long drive. After 4 hours, I just couldn't take it anymore. It wasn't going anywhere fast. The narrator was very good though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    fred PETOSKEY, MI, United States 07-01-14
    fred PETOSKEY, MI, United States 07-01-14 Member Since 2006
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    "great story, well written, well read"
    What made the experience of listening to Red Sparrow the most enjoyable?

    this is a great book. i listen to a lot of books, don't review many but i really reccomend this one. the reader is great and the flow of the book and apparent depth of knowledge of the author is riviting. i look for reasons to get back in the car to listen.


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

    the plot is well paced and very interesting. the author had fun with the "intersections" of the characters.


    What about Jeremy Bobb’s performance did you like?

    just right on.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    i hope there is a sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    i am looking for the next book. another author i really enjoy is john sanford and i am glad he writes so prolifically, this autor is in that class

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald West Jordan, UT, United States 06-28-14
    Donald West Jordan, UT, United States 06-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Finest of the Genre & Recipes to boot!"
    Where does Red Sparrow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is at the very top of my Audible collection.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't single out a favorite, they were all great.


    What about Jeremy Bobb’s performance did you like?

    Everything.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jon Meridian, ID, United States 06-08-14
    jon Meridian, ID, United States 06-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing, especially for a first novel"
    What made the experience of listening to Red Sparrow the most enjoyable?

    The "inside baseball" made this a lot of fun. The characters were well developed, and there were very few times when you felt the author stretched the limits of plausibility. I was impressed by how well the author made the Russian female spy the main character and let the US spies recede into the background. His supporting characters were very real and likeable or detestable (as intended)


    What other book might you compare Red Sparrow to and why?

    If you liked "The Company" you will like this book. Its a modern look at the US-Russian competition.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth W. Gray III 06-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Very entertaining"
    What did you love best about Red Sparrow?

    A very well crafted story and one that will have you guessing until the end. Characters are very complex and the author is very skilled at describing the subject matter and taking you into this world. Its been a long time since I have read a book that I have had no idea were it will go and it was fun to just listen and be along for the ride. Book is long and I never once felt bored or knew what would happen, and thats rare these days. The Narration was well done and Im really looking forward to a follow up. I rarely give out five stars or write reviews but this booked certainly warranted writing about. If you love spy novels this one is first rate and far better than most of the stuff thats churned out and poorly done in the categories.
    A book for me has to be real life and extraordinary for me to give five stars and that is the only reason this book is not five stars.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    all were good in different ways


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

    no blockbuster moments the author was skilled enough to build the plot continuously until its end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 05-30-14
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 05-30-14 Member Since 2011

    A reviewer's got to do what a reviewer's got to do

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    "A GREAT disappointment ...."

    A number of great reviews pushed me to buy and read (or rather to "listen to") this book . What a disappointment ! The story moves along stereotypes : "our" guys are all good, corageous smart & fighting for a better world (except a couple of top CIA bureaucrats) ; "theirs" guys (the Russians) are so unbelievably stupid, mean and corrupt (except those of are willing to betray their country). Modern Russia is like URSS (the Evil Empire) , if not worse. The reader does not develop empathy for the main characters as they are lacking depth and originality ; the plot moves fast , but gets boring after a while.
    On surface it sounds and looks like a Le Carré cold war novel , but it is only a pale imitation. Stay away !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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