Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow

A Novel

Book - 2013
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In today's Russia, dominated by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, 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.
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2013
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Description: 434 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781476706122
Branch Call Number: Matt
Additional Contributors: Matthews, Jason 1951-


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Apr 19, 2017

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

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

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!).

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.

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.

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.

Jul 17, 2014

This is an excellent spy novel. The writer provides stunning detail of the Soviet's spy system. A very good book and one of the few spy novels to cover the CIA v. Soviets. Most of the classics are British characters. I hope there is a follow up to this book. Well-done.

Nov 14, 2013

One of the best spy novels I have read in a very long time. Great details and great story. As an avid spy novel reader, I can say that this book kept me interested all the way to the very end. Have to put it in the category of Le Carre, Charles Cumming, and some of the other great spy novelists.

Nov 07, 2013

Not a compelling read. Strangely old-fashioned and meandering and cliches abound. Maybe I've watched too many episodes of Covert Affairs but this read more like an episode of The Americans, set in the 80's. Maybe it was supposed to. The recipes and frequent use of phrases requiring translation, presumably included to lend atmosphere/authenticity, were a fail for me.

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