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.
Spies have long relied on the “honey trap,” whereby
vulnerable men and women are intimately compromised. Dominika learns these
techniques of “sexpionage” in Russia’s secret “sparrow school,” hidden outside
of Moscow. 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’ Red
Sparrow delights and 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” to Marble, the priceless Russian mole. Packed with insider detail
and written with brio, this tour de force brims with Matthews’ life
experience, including his knowledge of espionage, counterintelligence,
surveillance tradecraft, spy recruitment, cyber-warfare, the Russian use of
“spy dust,” and covert communications.
Brilliantly composed and elegantly
constructed, Red Sparrow is a masterful spy tale lifted from the
dossiers of intelligence agencies on both sides of the Atlantic. Authentic,
tense, and entertaining, this novel introduces Jason Matthews as a major new
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