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Red Sparrow | [Jason Matthews]

Red Sparrow

A Russian honey trap agent targets a young CIA operative to uncover a mole at the Russian Intelligence service. Dominika Egorov, is sucked into the heart of Putin's Russia, and spat out as the twists and turns of betrayal and counter-betrayal unravel. American Nate Nash handles the double agent, codenamed MARBLE, considered one of CIA's biggest assets. Will Dominika be able to unmask MARBLE, or will the mission see her faith destroyed in the country she has always passionately defended?
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Publisher's Summary

A Russian honey trap agent targets a young CIA operative to uncover a senior-ranking mole at the heart of the Russian Intelligence service.

Dominika Egorov, former prima ballerina, is sucked into the heart of Putin's Russia, the country she loved, and spat out as the twists and turns of betrayal and counter-betrayal unravel. American Nate Nash, idealistic and ambitious, handles the double agent, codenamed MARBLE, considered one of CIA's biggest assets. He needs to keep his identity secret for as long as the mole can keep supplying golden information. Will Dominika be able to unmask MARBLE, or will the mission see her faith destroyed in the country she has always passionately defended?

Jason Matthews retired after 33 years in the CIA's Directorate of Operations as a clandestine operations officer and senior manager. Matthews lives with his wife Suzanne, herself a retired 34-year veteran of the CIA, in Rancho Mirage, California. Treason is his first novel.

©2013 Jason Matthews (P)2013 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Not since the good old days of the Cold War has a classic spy thriller like Red Sparrow come along. Jason Matthews is not making it up; he has lived this life and this story, and it shows on every page. High-level espionage, pulse-pounding danger, sex, double agents and double crosses. What more can any reader want?" (Nelson DeMill)

"A great and dangerous spy-game is being played today between Russian intelligence and the CIA. Very few people know about it, including many of our politicians in Washington. But Jason Matthews does, and his thrilling Red Sparrow takes us deep inside this treacherous world. He's an insider's insider. He knows the secrets. And he is also a masterful story-teller. I loved this book and could not put it down. Neither will you." (Vince Flynn)

"I read till 11 and woke up at 5 am to finish this book in three days. If it doesn't supplant The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as the next mammoth read, and if it doesn't take its place alongside le Carré's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, the love of literature and jaw-dropping thrills really is dead.... I have not read a more exciting, gripping novel in a long time." (Doug Stanton, author of Horse Soldiers)

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  • David
    linlithgow, United Kingdom
    8/30/13
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    "The Dan Brown of spy fiction?"
    What disappointed you about Red Sparrow?

    An unbelievable story filled with cliches and stereotypes - Russia bad: USA good - is it really that simple?


    What could Jason Matthews have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have a credible plot and at least some characters you can believe in.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Story was well-read - but the narrator didn't have much to work with.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Red Sparrow?

    Cut out all the sex scenes - they were woeful.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to know how books as weak as this get published?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • W
    Horsham, United Kingdom
    6/14/13
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    "Stonking!!"

    I read these comments often and (like you) think, yea ... rite ...wotteva !!!

    I can only say : YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!! Everything you'd want from a great book is here.

    *sigh ... now I need to find another ;o)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Youngstuts
    UK
    7/23/13
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    "Excellent spy thriller with taste..."

    Red Sparrow is a first class spy thriller with excellent narration. I will not comment on the storyline but leave it to other listeners to enjoy. This book has the unique addition of a recipe at the end of every chapter. Each chapter has some reference to food and to be given the recipe is a very nice twist. There are 40 chapters...........

    I am looking forward to the next book by Jason Mathews and, hopefully, narrated by Jeremy Bobb.

    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • tracey
    milton keynes, United Kingdom
    7/18/13
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    "Excellent"

    I enjoyed this audiobook and can soon see myself listening to it again. The end of each chapter has a recipe explained involving food mentioned in the chapter,really effective and a few times made me feel like having a try to cook one or two in the future.YUM

    The heroin Dominika is easily liked and the plot and narration is very good. Well worth a credit and I will be hoping this author writes more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • P.G.
    Berkeley, United Kingdom
    7/9/13
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    "It's what it says on the cover an excellant yarn"
    What made the experience of listening to Red Sparrow the most enjoyable?

    The cast of characters, although somewhat predictiable make the novel an excellent listen. The well written and complext story is well composed and the reciep touch excellent in places, although some of the later ones seem a little insider and incomplete. I can recognise several of the recipes from visits to Russia'


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Uncle Vanya, as the self obvsessed beaurocratic monster.


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

    I have not heard him elsewhere, but some of his ponunciations seem like my spelling unusual.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The spies who kept warm


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs.
    Salisbury, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "Disappointing"

    Too much jargon, too many Russian words, too much bad sex and all those tedious recipes.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ivan
    London, United Kingdom
    6/19/13
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    "Great spy thriller, ah those Russians...."
    Where does Red Sparrow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 70%


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Russian girl spy


    Any additional comments?

    A bit too propagandist,with Russians the baddies and Americans as the good guys. But a good thriller nevertheless

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsey
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom
    1/20/14
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    "Great thriller"
    If you could sum up Red Sparrow in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing unstoppable clever


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Sparrow?

    Ending


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

    Red sparrow


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, not that I have that kind of time


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • c
    WALSALL, United Kingdom
    12/3/13
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    "How did this get published?"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The C.I.A.?


    What could Jason Matthews have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Read more John Le Carre before putting pen to paper. OR, write a cookery book instead.
    He slots in recipes at the end of each chapter (unbelievable)....so may be he should stick to cookery.

    Shame of it is that he took a decent plot and ruined it with so much pro-American bias that it was just too much to swallow! Yes, stick to cookery books I would say.


    What didn’t you like about Jeremy Bobb’s performance?

    Can't do voices....they all same the same!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All of these. Sadness especially as I completely wasted my money.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll stick to John Le Carre when I want to read an intelligent espionage novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    7/2/13
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    "Gripping tale with a culinary sub-line"
    What made the experience of listening to Red Sparrow the most enjoyable?

    The speed of the plot kept me gripped, the interjection of the recipe's made me smile although it also made me hungry on the drive home.


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

    The description of the both mental and physical torcher where very well written and sent a shiver down my spine.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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