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Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow. She despises the men she serves, the oligarchs, crooks, and thugs of Putin’s Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington’s most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

As she expertly dodges exposure, Dominika deals with a murderously psychotic boss; survives an Iranian assassination attempt; escapes a counterintelligence ambush; rescues an arrested agent and exfiltrates him out of Russia; and has a chilling midnight conversation in her nightgown with President Putin. Complicating these risks is the fact that Dominika is in love with her CIA handler, Nate Nash, and their lust is as dangerous as committing espionage in Moscow. And when a mole in the SVR finds Dominika’s name on a restricted list of sources, it is a virtual death sentence....

©2015 Jason Matthews (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Greeat story BUT ...

l loved the story with its strands of plot around different characters. There was plenty of suspense as l felt there was no guarantee that the "good guys" would win nor all of their characters survive.

Far more realistic and credible than many books in its genre and highly recommended with ONE EXCEPTION.

I found the narratir's attempt to change her voice to represent different characters not just bad but appalling. For the early stages of the book l found it a big turnoff which made me angry as in "how the hell did she get this job?"

But the compelling storyline kept me there and while her character portrayal never improved l generally became desensitized to it.

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Disgusting narrator who spoiled a good book

The 2nd book in the trilogy was good and the story was great interesting ...... but the narrator was TERRIBLE!! THE WORST NARRATOR EVER!!!

The recipes irritate me and in this book drove me mad!

It says something for the quality of the story that I suffered through this narrator

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Will read/listen to this again

Started with Red Sparrow. Loved Red Sparrow and never believed Book 2 could be as good. Proved me wrong. The layers and complexity in the story. 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽 Love this series. Had me chuckling at times too - looking idiotic with my headphones on. Looking forward to the next book. Thank you, Jason.

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  • Charles
  • 02-04-16

Bad narrator and poor writing

Why change the narrator in a series? First book was ok and I hoped this would be better but no such luck! I can't understand the 5 star reviews, if you're looking for a book about the CIA 'The Company' by Robert Littell is a much better choice.

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  • Wras
  • 04-16-16

Nationalism is power hunger

tempered by self-deception." George Orwell

This is a an entertaining story that moves fluidly with in its make believe world. Do not expect insights into real politics or realistic human frailties, like James Bond the characters inhabit a world that is a parallel representation of ours, with even more exaggerated jingoism from every one, and a very much alive cold war.

The writer Jason Matthews is in the trade but I doubt that he has exposed any tech or real trade secrets, it is all very much a dig at Russia that is not very serious or credible, if I was sixteen I would have loved it but my experience and age prevent me from enjoying such a simplistic geopolitical scrimmages and name calling of real people that are much more astute, dangerous and complex in real life than any of the representation in this book.
A good few hours of light entertainment, disengage brain and dive in the fantasy.

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  • Kathy
  • 07-08-16

Don't go to Russia Mr Matthews!

Blimey, I wouldn't portray Putin in that light and expect to live!
A challenging book with a nice twist or two. Much more brutal than le Carre but feels authentic. Enjoyed this one.

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  • Adamnan
  • 05-16-16

Cracking Follow up to Red Sparrow

I read a positive review of Red Sparrow, bought it and couldn't put it down. Believable characters, plot and storyline. Matthews builds on this and completely nails it in Egarova and Nash's second outing. Don't miss it.

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  • Chris
  • 11-17-15

A truly wondrous narration and a spectacular book

If you have read book one then you already have some inkling as to its content. However , the new narrator really brings this follow up book to life and injects a third dimension to each and every character.
The book carries on seamlessly and never skips a beat.

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  • JP
  • 04-20-18

too much recap

Gripping story but spoiled by long recaps back to first book. I also preferred the original narator but as you get deeper into the book this became less of an issue.

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  • schhol
  • 04-20-18

The accent had nothing to the story

Doing the different people in the story with their respective accent it really distracted. Especially in the beginning it was hard to listen to the story and specially the Russian accent. Unnecessary and spoiled it for me

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  • Odwa
  • 04-18-18

Gripping stuff

Really gripping reading. Multiple plots all twisting and interweaving to make a great read/listen.

Again, just a little too much untranslated Russian for my liking but it doesn't take too much away from the pace of the book.

I have to say that I prefer the narrator of the fist book (Red Sparrow) but Jennifer does a fantastic job. Still looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-13-18

Great book

really well read acting out characters voices an story was well linked to first book loved it

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  • ross
  • 04-09-18

looking foward to next book

palace of treason is a riviting and exciting listen, listened to all so far and thoroughly recommend them although the performance greated a little with the comic voice impersonations I think she struggled.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-27-18

This Narrator is awful

I haven’t listened to enough of this story to tell you if it lives up to Red Sparrow. Though I am a few chapters in and the context is enjoyable so far. The narrator however is quite simply awful - I cannot listen to anymore of her. I strongly dislike the accents; she maked Forsyth & Gable sound like uneducated, old school rednecks and Dominika arrogant and less complex. She mispronounces a lot of the names, including Dominika’s which is irritating to say the least. It is for these reasons I could only give the rating I did, it is unlistenable. It is disappointing they didn’t keep the same narrator as red sparrow.

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  • Roger Steel
  • 01-15-18

Great book crap narration

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Loved the book but what’s her name is bloody awful, unsympathetic rendition unlike Red Sparrow

What did you like best about this story?

Plot brilliant

Would you be willing to try another one of Jennifer Vuletic’s performances?

Absolutely not she is shit

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Palace of Treason?

None

Any additional comments?

Re release with original narrator from RedSparrow - this is my first negative, what a pity such a great book such a shit reading

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  • J. Fitzpatrick
  • 10-19-17

Great sequel; distracting narration

In terms of story Palace of Treason ups the ante on Red Sparrow, packing a little more action to accompany the technical insight into the world of global intelligence agencies. Some of the situations are a little more fanciful, but this is a change for the better, adding a little more suspense, urgency and excitement.

The narrator switch from the first book is a major disappointment. When speaking normally the narrator's voice is pleasant and clear, but there are some issues that make it hard to listen at times. There are a lot of distracting pronunciations - either incorrect, inconsistent or very different from the first book, as well as some strange emphases during passages. The voices given to characters are downright terrible, ranging from strange to annoying to downright grating. The cartoonish choices and weird cadences often take you right out of the story.

If you can read Palace of Treason rather than listening to it, I would recommend you do so. If audiobook is the only option, the story still has enough intrigue and drive to help you persevere and put any qualms about the narration aside (for the most part).

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  • Paul Ryan
  • 04-12-18

great second book

different narrator. good story and great insite into all taking us deeper into the world of shadows.

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  • Tam
  • 02-02-18

Exciting, action packed story!

Great follow up to the first book (Red Sparrow). Apart from the main characters, the other characters are a bit 2D (either good or evil)but I like that they all get a bit of a backstory. Love the bits of the story where they engaged in spy-stuff - so fast paced and action packed!