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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The narrator spoiled it

Book 1, read by Jeremy Bobb, was sublime. His flow over the words and the way in which he created a character for each moving part was wonderful to listen to. Sadly book 2, also ready by him, was not available in my territory so I had to settle for book 2 by Jennifer Vuletic. Her voice is silly when she is not reading the parts associated to any specific characters. The only character she created that I enjoyed was the voice for Dominika, everyone else she made sound like a complete idiot. Some of the most important characters in the story, Gable, Forsythe, Benford, she made them sound like mindless tears not like seasoned CIA agents. I'm on chapter 14 only, can't bear the thought of having to tear through till chapter 44. Jennifer should really work on not trying so hard with her male characters, she reduces the impact those characters are meant to have and makes them unlikeable.

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Please!!!!!!!!!!!! Leave out the recipes!

It would have been five stars all round; but the recipes became one of the most annoying parts of a book that I have ever experienced, so much so that I had to knock of a star for each category.

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Good story, awful narrator

The story line was interesting and engaging but the narrator nearly made me send this book back - unconvincing and a disaster with the male characters, forced and grating.

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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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  • M Fowler
  • 05-13-18

Hang on, book two and a female narrator!

Bit of a shock to the system after the first book is narrated very well by a man. Don't get me wrong she is brilliant too, but took a little while to get used to the different pronunciations of familiar names - jarred a litte for a while.
Didn't spoil another excellent book, and to be honest I would happily listen to either narrator again.

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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.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Kemi
  • 05-08-18

Loved it!

I found it really funny with moments when I laughed out loud. It's a good story and an easy listen.

The narrator was amazing. I'll be listening to more of her work after I listen to book 3.

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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.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • Mr David Kemp
  • 07-22-18

Slightly less enthralling than its predecessor..

...but still a great listen. Great characters with an intriguing plot but I felt that basing the novel in modern Russia with the authors image of Putin felt almost like propaganda

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  • kathryn
  • 07-05-18

a gripping sequel to red sparrow.

I initially found it hard to tune in to the narrator's accent and I found it difficult at first but after a while I got used to it and it was a very good storyline with lots of twists and action. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the trilogy.

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  • A. Corris
  • 06-27-18

Entertaining but flawed

I enjoyed the book but I found myself laughing out loud at how Matthew's brings sex into the story. His treatment of his female characters is both hilarious and a little "stone age". As an example, in a fight on Paris street with assailants, the black triangle of Dominica's panties were on show, because of the violent tussle. I like to think of a male character from the book having the same thing happen... "Nate grappled with the bulky goon and, as he spun around, his white Y fronts showed through his torn zipper".
Has me in hysterics every time and makes you realise how pointless and sexist the original text actually is. Towards the end, in a fight to the death, where the prose is skipping along, conveying the pace and action, suddenly "Dominicka could still feel Nate between her legs". What does this add? Would we laugh if say James Bond was in yet another fist/knife/gun fight and suddenly in the racing action, he realised he could feel Pussy Galore's legs wrapped around his groin? It's a shame, because Matthew's writes well and has engaging characters and a pacey plot. Every time he says something sexy about his protagonist, he should ask himself, how would this sound if it was a man.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-30-18

Poorly narrated

Story line was destroyed by male voices that sounded like an episode of the Simpsons

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  • Bert
  • 04-15-18

Good sequel, poor narration.

In so many ways a better book than Red Sparrow but hard to listen to the narration. Her general reading and story telling was pleasant enough but her character voices and pronunciation of certain words and names is hard on the ears.
Why wasn't the same narrator used for this book as the other two books in the trilogy?

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  • John
  • 07-18-18

Awful narration

The narration is truly awful, but the story is good so you learn to tune out the woeful delivery and cringe worthy character voices

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  • Roguetrader
  • 07-09-18

Excellent story, well narrated.

I’ve read a lot of negative reviews about the narration of this book, and I have to say, I do not agree. I thought she was very good, though not as accomplished as the narrator of the first book.

I enjoyed the story a lot, and found myself sitting in the car a lot longer than necessary, just wanting to hear the next part! A very good story, written by an excellent story teller, and narrated quite well.

I enjoyed it a lot, highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-29-18

Great story. Dreadful reading.

Story is brilliant. Orator manages to make most of the male characters sound like Groucho Marx. Dreadful.

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  • Teena
  • 06-28-18

super spy store

loved it . cant wait to read the next one . the twist are great.

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  • ross jones
  • 06-25-18

narrator a let down compared to Red Sparrow.

So disappointing that the original narrator hasn't been used. left wondering how they choose narrators ........ FAIL.