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 listened to 7 of the 17 hours and NOTHING happened except interminable visits to Helsinki restaurants and swimming pools.
No, there are many good books in this genre.
Maybe, he did the best he could with the lousy material
Get Jason Matthews an editor.
Good narrator, too bad there was no real story
Very slow in development. Lots of filler dialogue. The premise is good just poorly told by the author.
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.
Believable, fast-paced, credible, and very interesting characters.
Diva. Read/listen to the book, and you'll see why.
I read widely. At age seventy, I don't continue what fails to intrigue or enlighten. This is worth your time.
Try it. You'll like it.
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.
Yes. You never knew which way the plot would turn. Very little of it was predictable.
Not especially. It was all a challenge and a surprise.
It wasn't going anywhere fast. It's mostly descriptive and not much dialogue.
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.
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.
the plot is well paced and very interesting. the author had fun with the "intersections" of the characters.
just right on.
i hope there is a sequel.
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
This is at the very top of my Audible collection.
Can't single out a favorite, they were all great.
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)
If you liked "The Company" you will like this book. Its a modern look at the US-Russian competition.
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.
all were good in different ways
no blockbuster moments the author was skilled enough to build the plot continuously until its end.
A reviewer's got to do what a reviewer's got to do
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 !!
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