Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy Series #1)

Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy Series #1)

by Jason Matthews
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Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy Series #1) by Jason Matthews

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476706146
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Series: Red Sparrow Trilogy Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 11,555
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jason Matthews is a retired officer of the CIA’s Operations Directorate. Over a thirty-three-year career he served in multiple overseas locations and engaged in clandestine collection of national security intelli­gence, specializing in denied-area operations. Matthews conducted recruitment operations against Soviet–East European, East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean targets. As Chief in various CIA Stations, he collaborated with foreign partners in counterproliferation and counterterrorism operations. He is the author of Red Sparrow, Palace of Treason, and the forthcoming The Kremlin's Candidate. He lives in Southern California.

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Red Sparrow: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
stevensgt More than 1 year ago
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.
ebooks18 More than 1 year ago
Engrossing! A gem of an espionage/thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is exciting to read and informative. You get to know the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My dad recommended this to me and I stayed up all night reading. I is the best book I've read since Thomas Perry introduced Jane Whitefield. Only after I read this did I hear an interview on NPR with the authot that I learned both he and his wife were CIA for their entire careers. His knowledge of tradecraft is evident and realistic. There are no over-the-top gimics or antics like if it were a Tom Cruise movie vehicle. But that only makes the cleverness more believable. Thank goodness he is writing a sequel. More please!
SRHill More than 1 year ago
The premise on the flyleaf of this novel intrigued me enough to purchase the book. Although I am only a quarter of the way through it, the story is engaging enough to finish. Honestly, I felt the action didn't pick up right away, and I had to force myself to turn the pages--until the author shifted to the Russian agent's backstory. Since that point, this novel has traveled with me constantly, so I may read in snatches at every available opportunity. Recommended with confidence.
JaxBookReader More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well researched. Loved the intrigue of Nash and Dominika. Learned a lot of background of Russian government . Very good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Obvious plot and overkill with sex.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really an exciting read. I couldn't put it down. Well written and edited. Loved the characters and can't wait for his next book.
ERDocsMom More than 1 year ago
It's been ages since I've read such a great espionage story! I can't wait for the next one! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great spy novel - intrigue, suspense, good peek at intelligence services from one who should know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast pace story of what was a real what may be still going on today could be a good movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating and exciting.  Would recommend to anyone who enjoys the spy/thriller genre.  I am looking forward to the sequel!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, realistic and completely addictive.  Best spy novel of the year
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book. One of my all time favorites, already.
mrzappa More than 1 year ago
Great first novel.  Loved it.  Fast paced and interesting.  Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this American / Russian spy story. Not quite at a Clancy level, but it held my interest and I would recommend. Without trying to be a plot spoiler, there were two parts that didn't seem to flow w/ the author's writting style: 1 when Nate & DIVA are attacked in her room in Athens, 2 when Nate leaves Athens in search of DIVA near the bridge. The food interest and recipes also are a different twist making this a unique read - here is someone who enjoys food and wants to share their world travel foodie enjoyment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a chick flic twinkie but a guy beef jerky for the high school reader. If you like this type of genre you will like this book. Is nit a keeper but costs no more than any other guy mag.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great example of its genre, I enjoyed the book thoroughly
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Buy and read this book - it is that good. The plot is tight, the characters are colorful and grow on you in a meaningful way, the action is gripping and suspenseful, and the writing is fresh and free of cliches. I bought a copy for my wife who immediately took to this book - and she is not a spy novel reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding intrigue and suspense
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. It is a fast read with a good plot. Looking forward to read his next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Held my attention throughout the book. Fast paced dialog and well developef plot. The recipes were an interesting addition