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Publisher's Summary

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.

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©2013 Jason Matthews (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Intelligent and modern. Enjoyed it very much

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Smart, modern, interesting and well crafted novel. Description and the details of the scene and characters made me as if I’m there observing the act. I also, loved the recipes at the end of each chapter; it added a unique taste to the story telling. Story moves little slow but didn’t mind at all. That made the story more real. Few of the Russian story portions were not believable. Knowing Soviet era KGB stories, there is no way that SVR would be that careless. Other than that, I loved the story and enjoyed reading and listening. Just found out that Fox bought the rights to the book. Good job Jason Matthews.

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Downside of the Audio

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Where can I get the recipes without going back chapter by chapter and writing them down?

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  • David
  • United States
  • 02-10-14

Best book in twenty years

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After more than 200 Audible books, this is my first book comments, It’s also my first 5 star rating, and the best book I’ve read in 20 years. I was disappointed however to find that this is the only book by Jason Mathews. If you liked Lacarre, Clancy, Demille, Griffin, Thor and others, you’ll love this book.<br/>Also great narration by Jeremy Bobb

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  • Brian
  • Lexington, KY, United States
  • 02-04-14

A big thumbs up. Highly recommended!

"Red Sparrow" is not a perfect novel but it is very, very good and without a doubt one of the best credits I ever spent. It is not really like a John Le Carre book but painting with a broad brush, "Red Sparrow" is more like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" than, say, Ian Fleming's "Goldfinger." It is a story of real world human intelligence and counter-intelligence operations and as such the plot involves not only the tradecraft of spies but also the characters' inner lives -- their past experiences, their resentments, their betrayals and humiliations, their hopes and ambitions, and ultimately their shifting loyalties.

There is one shortcoming that comes to mind in that author Jason Matthews gives one of the main characters an unusual trait and at times he uses it as a literary crutch. (Coincidentally this particular character has a limp.) But even so "Red Sparrow" is absorbing and I even found myself over the weekend looking forward to Monday morning when my commute in the car would let me get back to the story. For a debut novel it is excellent and I hope that Matthews has a long and fruitful literary career.

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  • Brian
  • largo, FL, United States
  • 02-02-14

Just a GREAT all around book and listen!

What made the experience of listening to Red Sparrow the most enjoyable?

It's the story & it's really good!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Loved the way it made you think of difficult issues and brought out the "what would I do" in me!

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

I loved the way he delivered the beautiful young lady!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me think how happy I am to be an American and how proud I am of the NSA & CIA! They aint perfect, but their mine!

Any additional comments?

Really look forward to next book!

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  • jane
  • PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States
  • 02-02-14

By far, the best spy novel I have ever read,

Would you listen to Red Sparrow again? Why?

It offers authentic and meaningful insight into the contemporary espionage universe. It is both compelling and especially smart. Red Sparrow is an all time favorite!

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  • Bob
  • Lakemont, GA, USA
  • 02-01-14

Liked Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Red Sparrow to be better than the print version?

Like Audio books better

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dominika, her determination and abiltiy to see colors

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

Dominika

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

How she never broke when being tortured.

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Didn't like the recipe deal at the end of chapters. Distracting and annoying.l<br/>Hope there is a follow up. Ending leads to believe there will be.

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WOW......

If you could sum up Red Sparrow in three words, what would they be?

"Red October" ..... can't wait for Jason's next book ......

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

YES..

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

no

Any additional comments?

can't wait for the next book....

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Worth the wait!

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Although this audiobook started out a little slow, it was well worth the wait! I have read thousands of books, but have only listened to a few dozen and I would definitely put Red Sparrow in my top ten reads/listens. This book is what I consider a "thinker" book, when after a little background information on the characters, the book picks up pace and you can't miss ANYTHING that the narrator reads or you feel like you've missed some vital info to the story. I LOVE STORIES like Red Sparrow because you HAVE TO THINK and pay attention! I would recommend Red Sparrow to any reader who loves suspense, mystery, spy stories and not being able to guess the ending until you've actually read all the way to the very last page!

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Spy vs spy once more.

Would you listen to Red Sparrow again? Why?

Maybe, I don't usually repeat books. But would enjoy another book on this or from the author.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Sparrow and how she managed to work through the web of deceit and double cross.

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