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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 09-09-17

fairy tale ;)

so far from reality of agency work and methods ;) characters kind of poor and do not have full personalities ;)

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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).