Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
Drafted against her will to serve the regime of Vladimir Putin as an intelligence seductress, Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against first-tour CIA officer Nathaniel Nash, with whom she engages in a charged effort of deception and tradecraft before a forbidden attraction threatens their careers and the security of America's most valuable mole in Moscow.

Simon and Schuster
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.”

Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2013
ISBN: 9781476706146
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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gtwidale
Dec 06, 2017

Well above average spy novel that reeks of authenticity since author was a former CIA operative. Very good plotline but doesn't quite have Tom Clancy's gift for storytelling. But to be fair it's very difficult to make following people or avoid being followed (SDR) sound interesting no matter what spin you put on it. Nonetheless, a very good first novel and looking forward to more in the series. Interesting that Matthews seems to be a foodie as he addends a recipe to each chapter.

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Candaceb108
Nov 12, 2017

Fabulous. Great writing. Well researched, great balance, humor the best. And new things to cook. One of the best spy novels I have read in decades.

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Manekineko_0
Oct 21, 2017

Fast-paced, wonderfully researched spy novel. It is well written and super thrilling, and if that's not enough to sell you, there is an authentic, delicious Russian recipe at the end of each chapter!

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xiaojunbpl12
Apr 19, 2017

Ultimate spy game! First hand experience plus unusual writing skill, macho and sensual (1 recipe per chapter, a bonus).

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rahmmie
Oct 11, 2016

This book was definitely entertaining but despite its length, I couldn't help feeling like I was reading the "light" version of a spy novel, the flavour was off and there was not enough substance. The characters are definitely likeable so maybe the next book will be better

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mstolarik
Aug 21, 2016

One of the best spy novels I have read. It was interesting, fast moving, full of suspense and excellent descriptions of all the countries where action took place, including the Russian phrases used. It is up there with my other favourite writers such as Philip Kerr, Vince Flynn and Daniel Silva. Lot better then the likes of Alan Furst , or Len Deighton (the latter I had trouble understanding!).

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carol507
Feb 23, 2016

Hard to read - too many acronyms.

debwalker Sep 28, 2015

Best fiction I've read in a long while. The Cold War spy novel resurgent in the era of Mr. P. P for psycho among other things. Matthews knows his stuff from the inside of the CIA. Tautly written and intensely plotted. Can't put it down and yet sometimes I need to just to catch my breath.

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DenisDesautels
Sep 07, 2015

An enjoyable read, somewhat of a page turner. You need to get by the first few chapters. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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msewell
Jul 21, 2014

Different taste for different folks. I thought this was an excellent spy novel. Some mention Le Carre but I thought of Tom Clancy's "The Cardinal of the Kremlin." Hope he writes some more.

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