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Red Sparrow

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

For Jason Mathews first novel, Wow, enjoyed every minute. Fast

For Jason Mathews first novel, Wow, enjoyed every minute. Fast paced, a really a great espionage thriller. IMHO, Mathews would be right up there with Le Carre and Robert Ludlum.

posted by stevensgt on June 16, 2013

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Reality in a Spy Novel. Is it what we want?

Finally, a spy novel that brims with plausibility from the CIA veteran, Jason Matthews. Sure, there is still plenty of sex and violence, but the intrigue is muted--less complex than LeCarre, but in the same class stressing gamesmanship over world domination. Missing i...
Finally, a spy novel that brims with plausibility from the CIA veteran, Jason Matthews. Sure, there is still plenty of sex and violence, but the intrigue is muted--less complex than LeCarre, but in the same class stressing gamesmanship over world domination. Missing is the ubervillain organization and the plot for world domination by a secret weapon of mass destruction, and in its place is the more subtle continuation of the Cold War. While the plot is adequate, the main characters clearly portrayed, it is still hard to believe in the motivations that lead to their actions. In a plot that depends on the tension between love and patriotism, love is blurred with sex and patriotism is blurred with gamesmanship. Three stars: readable, more real than Ian Fleming, but not near as much fun.

posted by JaxBookReader on September 20, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    If you're looking for a page-turning thriller, this isn't it.

    DNF for: repeated head-hopping, repeated info-dumps, major plotholes, unlikeble characters, and a lost plot thread.

    All that before chapter five is a problem. Matthews understands espionage, but the writing is clunky and his understanding of the female body is suspect. And I couldn't bring myself to care enough about the Out Of Danger hero or the Telepathic Ballerina by the end of chapter 5.

    However, in an effort to be perfectly fair, I would recommend this book to people who enjoy poorly written erotica with a manly cover. The old man in town who reads Westerns with "heaving bosoms" would probably enjoy Dominika's personal explorations with a hair brush without wondering about splinters. People who wanted to read FIFTY SHADES OF GREY but couldn't bring themselves to read it won't find any worse writing in RED SPARROW, and they'll be happy to know the sex scenes are just as poorly thought out, written, and described as that book.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 31, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

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    "No!" Stays

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