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Red Sparrow: A Novel (original 2013; edition 2013)

by Jason Matthews

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Title:Red Sparrow: A Novel
Authors:Jason Matthews
Info:Scribner (2013), Edition: 0, Hardcover, 448 pages
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Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews (2013)

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Has already been reviewed multiple times. The trailer, being broadcast everywhere, about the movie adaptation is very misleading about the focus of this spy thriller. The hero is a fascinating woman who thrives despite adversity while several of the surrounding older men are intriguing as well. Her nominal handler Nate is a bit of a cipher, but no novel is perfect. It's definitely a step up from some of the popcorn sci-fi I've been gobbling up, if not up to the caliber of Literature. As good as the Ernest DeMille's we used to read. ( )
  abycats | May 11, 2018 |
Great potential, lack of execution. I never connected to the characters on either side. Unfortunate, I was hoping for a good spy-vs-spy thriller and got a lot of not-much. ( )
1 vote ssimon2000 | May 7, 2018 |
Good but too long. A case of less would have been more. ( )
1 vote thewriterswife | Mar 26, 2018 |
A great read. As a Russian speaker though, there are mistakes in the use of Russian words, and some of the Russian recipes are questionable, the syrnitki for example (soft great cheese?). Looking forward to the second book in the trilogy. ( )
  APopova | Mar 11, 2018 |
We are introduced first to Nate, a relatively new CIA operative in Moscow, who manages to elude a random counter-intelligence sweep while meeting with a very high level Russian source. Then comes Vanya, uncle to Dominika, chief of the counter-intelligence agency, devoid of any ethic other than devotion to his country who enlists (quasi blackmails) Dominika who sees the world in assorted colors - literally - into the SVR and for training at the Kon Institute (prostitutki school - I leave what that is to your imagination)in order to seduce Nate whom he had suspected as the contact for the mole in his government. Nate has been moved to Finland as punishment for almost getting his source revealed.

Then it gets tricky as each tries to recruit the other. I will not reveal too much more except to suggest that two agents known to each other with the same handler, one of whom is a highly placed Soviet Mole, the other one in the U.S. and each side engaged in vigorous mole hunting. It makes for fun reading.

Why the author included recipes at the end of each chapter is totally beyond me, however. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. It will be interesting to see whether the movie makes a mash out of the book. ( )
  ecw0647 | Jan 2, 2018 |
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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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Russian and American intelligence agencies in the age of Putin are more complex and no less deadly than past cold wars. In this entanglement of a young CIA agent and the well connected brilliant woman he is assigned to recruit, manipulation by the puppet masters in Moscow and handlers from Washington complicate the intrigue enormously. A serious glimpse from an author with experience in counterintelligence and detail about tradecraft.
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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.… (more)

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