Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

Red Sparrow

By Jason Matthews

  • Release Date: 2013-06-04
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
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Description

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton!

In the tradition of John le Carré, the bestselling, impossible-to-put-down, espionage thriller that is “a primer in twenty-first century spying” (The New York Times Book Review), written with the insider detail that only a veteran CIA operative could know—and shortlisted for an Edgar Award.

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 most valuable mole in Moscow. Seeking revenge against her soulless masters, Dominika begins a fateful double life, recruited by the CIA to ferret out a high-level traitor in Washington; hunt down a Russian illegal buried deep in the US 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.

Taking place in today’s Russia, still ruled with an iron fist by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Red Sparrow displays author Jason Matthews’s insider knowledge of espionage, counter-espionage, surveillance tradecraft, recruiting spies, interrogation, and intelligence gathering. As The Washington Post hails, this is a “sublime and sophisticated debut…a first-rate novel as noteworthy for its superior style as for its gripping depiction of a secretive world.”

Reviews

  • Loved it

    5
    By Timmy2x's
    Just looking for a good novel & came across Red Sparrow. Reviews were positive so downloaded to my ipad, next thing I know I couldn't put it down, Great story & characters. Can't wait to get into Palace of Treason. Thank you Mr. Mattews & thanks for your 33 years of service.
  • Awesome! Four and a half stars!

    4
    By Deacon Dukes
    Have already red the sequel, which is even better. Great writing, great insight, great plot, great characters, great style! All of this in a genre that has, of late, become mediocre at best. A breath of fresh air! Harkins back to early Clancy, Ludlum and Higgins; with less disillusionment than Le Carre, but with much of the same character depth and plot intrigue.
  • Red Sparrow

    5
    By Hill country Andy
    Outstanding read! Would have never expected such an accomplished work from first time author! The 33 year CIA career lends so much authenticity, I literally couldn't put this book down( but had to for sleeps sake only!). As a 50 year reader of spy and espionage genre, this book amongst the top 5!
  • A great read

    4
    By Jmcdani
    Enjoyed the book. Compelling and hard to put down. Came off authentic due to author's 33 year career with the CIA.
  • Fantastic!

    5
    By Erikc777
    A realistic spy thriller. It's not a James Bond or Bourne which are more fantasy than reality (but fun nonetheless), it's like le Carre but far better.
  • Red Sparrow

    5
    By Ghostrover78
    One of best reads ever. Enticing from the get go. On the edge of your seat non stop. Did not want the story to end. Great characters that pull and envelope you into the story. Vivid. Hope there is a sequel. This is a book I will read again.
  • Sequel please!

    5
    By Katie Malone
    Loved the book - exciting, unexpecting, good U.S. vs Russia spy novel
  • Red Sparrow

    4
    By S diggy
    Too many alphabet soup organizations, ended with indication of sequel. Interesting read, but weak character development.
  • Red Sparrow

    5
    By Mici31
    Excellent book! If I could give it 6 stars I would. The detail in the novel reflects the author's experience as a CIA agent and he weaves together a brilliant tale that keeps you turning the page. I cannot wait for the movie and more importantly, the sequel. Best book I've read in the last year!
  • Frustratingly slow

    2
    By Jesterdw
    Very disappointed, like a bad superhero movie with way too much origin story and not enough action.

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