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Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow

(Book #1 in the Red Sparrow series)


Book Overview: Red Sparrow

Now 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."

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PublisherSimon & Schuster UK/Penguin
Publication Date2018
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Jason Matthews
Jason Matthews is an accomplished author, best known for his espionage novels. Prior to turning his hand to writing, Matthews worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for 33 years, serving in multiple overseas locations and specializing in clandestine operations. He published his first novel, "Red Sparrow," in 2013; it quickly became a bestseller and eventually provided the basis for a major Hollywood film. His other notable books include "Palace of Treason" and "The Kremlin's Candidate." Matthews' insider knowledge of spy craft, politics, and government enhances the authenticity of his narratives, making him widely respected within the realm of spy literature.

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1 review for Red Sparrow

  1. Matt Grandbois

    Red Sparrow is an enthralling blend of spy thriller and steamy romance that takes readers on a captivating journey into the world of espionage. The author, Jason Matthews, skillfully navigates the complex, secretive world of Russian intelligence with authenticity that can only come from his years of experience as a CIA operative. His detailed character development and knack for suspense-filled storytelling make for an unpredictable, page-turning read. The novel's protagonist, Dominika Egorov, is not just a strikingly beautiful woman but also a character of depth, skill, and resilience. Whether you're a fan of whirlwind romances or intricate thrillers, Red Sparrow will not disappoint.

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