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Red Sparrow (Hardcover)
June 2013 Indie Next List
“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
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 Carre 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.