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Red Sparrow (2013)

de Jason Matthews

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Drafted against her will to serve the regime of Vladimir Putin as an intelligence seductress, Dominika Egorova engages in a charged effort of deception and tradecraft with first-tour CIA officer Nathaniel Nash before a forbidden attraction threatens their careers.
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Romping read. Great spy novel, up there with Le Carre. Great characters in modern context. ( )
  SteveMcI | Apr 20, 2022 |
Wow, this is SO detailed and amazing. If you love books about spycraft and CIA work, you will appreciate the complexity and detail of Jason Matthews’ RED SPARROW, which is told from the pov of Dominica, a Russian girl who is trained as a “sparrow” or Russian intelligence officer who will spy and run honey pot operations, seducing her targets and gathering information, and Nate, a CIA officer who had been in Moscow managing informants until one day he is nearly caught and his cover is blown. She is sent to extract information from him. He is told to develop her as an agent. But are real feelings starting to form?

This is just a really cool book, especially if you ever loved the TV show “The Americans” and questions of real or not real. Long, complex, and with an interesting array of emotions that keep you invested in seeing what comes next. And I just loved Dominica and Nate! So many twists and turns as this winds its way towards the end. Definitely reading the next book in the series!

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
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  KatKinney | Mar 3, 2022 |
Terrific spy thriller. Written by a CIA veteran, it is filled with all kinds of fascinating, authentic-seeming spy stuff and a complex, nuanced, intricate plot.

But what really elevates Red Sparrow above your average international intrigue-type thriller is the impressive writing. The writing here is far, far above average for this type of book. Instead of the usual workmanlike thriller prose, with a new chapter every 2 pages and lots of one sentence (or even one sentence fragment)paragraphs as a cheap ploy to amp up the suspense (I'm looking at you, James Rollins), the writing here is well-crafted, unique, literary. Instead of 2 dimensional, cliched characters, there all sorts of well-drawn characters. I salute Jason Matthews for putting in the time and energy & having the talent to create something unique, rather than using his "Former CIA agent" street cred to churn out something quickly in a bid to become the next David Baldacci.

I was riveted. It was a very satisfying entertainment.This is a very assured debut & I'm eagerly looking forward to more novels from Mr. Matthews, possible a sequel. ( )
  usuallee | Oct 7, 2021 |
I really have to get back on top of my reviews!

This book...to be honest, I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it with the slightly supernatural power Matthews gave Dominika (it's synesthesia, but not really).

But once you get past that, the rest of the book is actually a really well-written, and well-observed story. Yes, there's the stereotypical stunning Russian female agent who is not taken seriously by most of her peers, and the American agent who falls for her... but then Matthews is smart enough to turn that whole tired plot around and make it new.

Really looking forward to the next two books. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
4.5 stars. An excellent spy thriller. To quote the NY Times: "there hasn’t been a first-rate American spy novelist who claims to have worked as an intelligence officer ... until now ... he has turned his considerable knowledge of espionage into a startling debut." A newly trainer Russian spy, Dominika Egorova, is supposed to recruit Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer, handling the Agency’s most important Russian mole. However, she is an independent thinker and refuses to do as she is told. Well written and suspenseful; however, I felt that Dominika's and her close friend's disclosure of a critical secret were not believable nor in keeping with either's personality nor was the retribution, which omitted an intermediary.

I forgot two other things I liked about Red Sparrow: Dominka is a color synesthete, which allows her to see what people are really thinking, and the recipes at the end of each chapter, a number of which sounded pretty tasty.

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  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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Although Matthews may have a rose-tinted view of the C.I.A., he is terrifically good on the turf wars and enervating bureaucracy of espionage. There are several digs at the F.B.I. — including an operation in Finland botched by the excitable feds — which his former colleagues will doubtless cheer to the rafters.
 

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