Red Sparrow (Hardcover)

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June 2013
If you have found that good spy novels are few and far between since the end of the cold war, your quest is over. Matthews, himself retired from the CIA, tells a great tale of espionage in the Putin era, with strong characters and plot twists that will leave you wanting even more - which the author then gives you in the form of story-related recipes at the end of each chapter! Highly recommended! -- Rita Moran, Apple Valley Books, Winthrop, ME

Description


“A great and dangerous spy-game is being played today between Russian intelligence and the CIA. Very few people know about it, but Jason Matthews does, and his thrilling Red Sparrow takes us deep inside this treacherous world. He’s an insider’s insider. And he is also a masterful storyteller. I loved this book and could not put it down. Neither will you.” —Vince Flynn

In the grand spy-tale tradition of John le Carré…comes this shocking thriller written with insider detail known only to a veteran CIA officer.

In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency’s most important Russian mole.

As the action careens between Russia, Finland, Greece, Italy, and the United States, Dominika and Nate soon collide in a duel of wills, tradecraft, and—inevitably—forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but those of others as well. As secret allegiances are made and broken, Dominika and Nate’s game reaches a deadly crossroads. Soon one of them begins a dangerous double existence in a life-and-death operation that consumes intelligence agencies from Moscow to Washington, DC.

Page by page, veteran CIA officer Jason Matthews’s Red Sparrow delights, terrifies and fascinates, all while delivering an unforgettable cast, from a sadistic Spetsnaz “mechanic” who carries out Putin’s murderous schemes to the weary CIA Station Chief who resists Washington “cake-eaters”. Packed with insider detail, this novel brims with Matthews’s life experience of espionage, counterintelligence, spy recruitment, and cyber-warfare. Brilliantly composed, Red Sparrow is a masterful spy tale. Authentic, tense, and entertaining, this novel introduces Jason Matthews as a major new American talent.

About the Author


Jason Matthews is a retired officer in CIA’s former Operations Directorate, now the National Clandestine Service. 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 and, as Chief in various CIA Stations, managed covert action projects against the Weapons of Mass Destruction programs of the world’s Rogue States and collaborated with foreign liaison partners in counter terrorism operations. He lives in Southern California.

Praise for Red Sparrow…


eoeA great and dangerous spy-game is being played today between Russian intelligence and the CIA. Very few people know about it, including many of our politicians in Washington. But Jason Matthews does, and his thrilling Red Sparrow takes us deep inside this treacherous world. Hee(TM)s an insidere(TM)s insider. He knows the secrets. And he is also a masterful story-teller. I loved this book and could not put it down. Neither will you.e

-Vince Flynn

eoeI read till eleven and woke up at five a.m. to finish this book. If it doesne(TM)t supplant The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as the next mammoth read, ad if it doesne(TM)t take its place alongside le Carrée(TM)s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, the love of literature and jaw-dropping thrills really is dead. I learned more about the former Soviets and the new Russians, and about our US of A, than I ever gleaned from the hardest-working journalists today. Halfway through, I was afraid Vladimir Putin would find out I was reading Red Sparrow and have me arrested. I have not read a more exciting, gripping novel in a long time.e
-Doug Stanton

"Not since the good old days of the Cold War has a classic spy thriller like RED SPARROW come along.Jason Matthews is not making it up; he has lived this life and this story, and it shows on every page.High-level espionage, pulse-pounding danger, sex, double agents and double crosses. What more can any reader want?"
-Nelson DeMille

eoeMatthewse(TM)s exceptional first novel will please fans of classic spy fictioneThe authore(TM)s 33-year career in the CIA allows him to showcase all the tradecraft and authenticity that readers in this genre demande[a] complex, high-stakes plot.e

eoeMatthewse(TM) first novel, a globe-trotting spy thriller, features enough action to satisfy even the most demanding of adrenaline junkieseThe authore(TM)s CIA background and the smart dialogue make this an entertaining tale for spy-novel enthusiasts.e

eoeThe author, a veteran CIA field agent, liberally salts his thriller with realistic tradecraft, horrific villainy, and stunning plot twists as the opponents vie for controleAn intense descent into a vortex of carnal passion, career brutality, and smart tradecraft, this thriller evokes the great Cold War era of espionageeReaders of bloodthirsty spy and suspense will welcome this debut from a writer who supersizes his spies.e

"All the tradecraft and cat-and-mouse tension of a classic spy thrillere"a terrific read."





-Joseph Kanon

"Fans of the genre's masters including John Le Carre and Ian Fleming will happily embrace Matthews' central spy."

"A primer in 21st-century spying. Matthews' former foes in Moscow will be choking on their blinis when they read how much has been revealed about their tradecraft...terrifically good."

"Fans of the genre's masters including John Le Carre and Ian Fleming will happily embrace Matthews' central spy."

Product Details ISBN-10: 1476706123
ISBN-13: 9781476706122
Published: Scribner, 06/04/2013
Pages: 448
Language: English