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4.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 5 4.67 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jason Matthews Narrator: Jeremy Bobb Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9781442380899
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From the bestselling, Edgar Award–winning author of the “terrifically good” (The New York Times) Red Sparrow, a compulsively readable new novel about star-crossed Russian agent Dominika Egorova and CIA's Nate Nash in a desperate race to the finish.

Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow. She despises the men she serves, the oligarchs, and crooks, and thugs of Putin’s Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington’s most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

As she expertly dodges exposure, Dominika deals with a murderously psychotic boss; survives an Iranian assassination attempt; escapes a counterintelligence ambush; rescues an arrested agent and exfiltrates him out of Russia; and has a chilling midnight conversation in her nightgown with President Putin. Complicating these risks is the fact that Dominika is in love with her CIA handler, Nate Nash, and their lust is as dangerous as committing espionage in Moscow. And when a mole in the SVR finds Dominika’s name on a restricted list of sources, it is a virtual death sentence…

Just as fast-paced, heart-pounding, and action-packed as Red Sparrow, Jason Matthews’s second novel confirms he is “an insider’s insider…and a masterful storyteller” (Vince Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author). Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Thrilling…Matthews, a real-life retired CIA man, deploys words the way a film director uses special effects, expertly intermingling intrigue, action, and exotic locales to produce an intricately plotted, unputdownable tale.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Shimmers with authenticity. The villains are richly drawn…the scenes of them on the job are beyond chilling. Whether in Vienna, Moscow, or Washington, Matthews’ scene setting is superb, and he has a fine eye for telling details.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “As suspenseful and cinematic as the best spy movies around. Matthews knows his tradecraft, and he knows his writing craft, too.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “On a scale of one to five stars, Palace of Treason is a six. With Palace of Treason, Jason Matthews has resurrected the spy novel from the doldrums of silly car chases, martinis shaken not stirred, and dubious tradecraft to reflect the deadly serious stakes of the new Cold War.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Authentic tradecraft, a complex plot that steadily builds tension, and credible heroes and villains on both sides make this a standout.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Matthews’ characters seem to leap out of the page…Seldom is a sequel as stunning as the original, but this one absolutely triumphs.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Matthews’…knowledge of the inner workings of that world adds authenticity that other current writers simply can’t approach…[A] must-read for fans of the spy genre.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “An extraordinarily commanding, acidly relevant, and unrelentingly suspenseful tale of espionage, brutality, and conscience.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrator Jeremy Bobb gives this sizzling second thriller by retired CIA agent Jason Matthews the royal treatment it deserves…Bobb is great at everything he does. His precise French and Russian pronunciations are remarkable. His fast-paced narration is dramatic. But there’s more: Matthews provides a recipe at the end of each chapter for a food consumed in that chapter, which Bobb delivers like a master chef. Both the writing and reading make this audio a great listen, and because of the ambiguous ending, listeners will hope for a sequel soon. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “This is stay-up-all-night reading, and we’re pummeled by hair-trigger actions on every page.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense
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About the Author

Jason Matthews is a retired officer of the CIA’s Operations Directorate. 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. He conducted recruitment operations against Soviet–East European, East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean targets. As chief in various CIA stations, he collaborated with foreign partners in counterproliferation and counterterrorism operations.

About the Narrator

Jeremy Bobb is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and an accomplished actor whose film credits include The Knick, Godless, Mosaic, and The Wolf of Wall Street. He has performed in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Is He Dead? and Cactus Flower.