Red Sparrow - Jason Matthews

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By Jason Matthews

  • Release Date: 2013-06-04
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 575 Ratings


Now a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton!

In the tradition of John le Carré, the bestselling, impossible-to-put-down, espionage thriller that is “a primer in twenty-first century spying” (The New York Times Book Review), written with the insider detail that only a veteran CIA operative could know—and shortlisted for an Edgar Award.

State intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence. Drafted against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress in the service, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and, inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America’s most valuable mole in Moscow. Seeking revenge against her soulless masters, Dominika begins a fateful double life, recruited by the CIA to ferret out a high-level traitor in Washington; hunt down a Russian illegal buried deep in the US military and, against all odds, to return to Moscow as the new-generation penetration of Putin’s intelligence service. Dominika and Nathaniel’s impossible love affair and twisted spy game come to a deadly conclusion in the shocking climax of this electrifying, up-to-the minute spy thriller.

Taking place in today’s Russia, still ruled with an iron fist by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Red Sparrow displays author Jason Matthews’s insider knowledge of espionage, counter-espionage, surveillance tradecraft, recruiting spies, interrogation, and intelligence gathering. As The Washington Post hails, this is a “sublime and sophisticated debut…a first-rate novel as noteworthy for its superior style as for its gripping depiction of a secretive world.”


  • first i get to know this book is because of jennifer lawrence

    By henrycupcake .3.
    Wow, this is SO detailed and amazing. If you love books about spycraft and CIA work, you will appreciate the complexity and detail of Jason Matthews’ RED SPARROW, which is told from the pov of Dominica, a Russian girl who is trained as a “sparrow” or Russian intelligence officer who will spy and run honey pot operations, seducing her targets and gathering information, and Nate, a CIA officer who had been in Moscow managing informants until one day he is nearly caught and his cover is blown. She is sent to extract information from him. He is told to develop her as an agent. But are real feelings starting to form? This is just a really cool book, especially if you ever loved the TV show “The Americans” and questions of real or not real. Long, complex, and with an interesting array of emotions that keep you invested in seeing what comes next. And I just loved Dominica and Nate! So many twists and turns as this winds its way towards the end. Definitely reading the next book in the series!
  • Loved it

    By Timmy2x's
    Just looking for a good novel & came across Red Sparrow. Reviews were positive so downloaded to my ipad, next thing I know I couldn't put it down, Great story & characters. Can't wait to get into Palace of Treason. Thank you Mr. Mattews & thanks for your 33 years of service.
  • Awesome! Four and a half stars!

    By Deacon Dukes
    Have already red the sequel, which is even better. Great writing, great insight, great plot, great characters, great style! All of this in a genre that has, of late, become mediocre at best. A breath of fresh air! Harkins back to early Clancy, Ludlum and Higgins; with less disillusionment than Le Carre, but with much of the same character depth and plot intrigue.
  • Red Sparrow

    By Hill country Andy
    Outstanding read! Would have never expected such an accomplished work from first time author! The 33 year CIA career lends so much authenticity, I literally couldn't put this book down( but had to for sleeps sake only!). As a 50 year reader of spy and espionage genre, this book amongst the top 5!
  • A great read

    By Jmcdani
    Enjoyed the book. Compelling and hard to put down. Came off authentic due to author's 33 year career with the CIA.
  • Fantastic!

    By Erikc777
    A realistic spy thriller. It's not a James Bond or Bourne which are more fantasy than reality (but fun nonetheless), it's like le Carre but far better.
  • Red Sparrow

    By Ghostrover78
    One of best reads ever. Enticing from the get go. On the edge of your seat non stop. Did not want the story to end. Great characters that pull and envelope you into the story. Vivid. Hope there is a sequel. This is a book I will read again.
  • Sequel please!

    By Katie Malone
    Loved the book - exciting, unexpecting, good U.S. vs Russia spy novel
  • Red Sparrow

    By S diggy
    Too many alphabet soup organizations, ended with indication of sequel. Interesting read, but weak character development.
  • Red Sparrow

    By Mici31
    Excellent book! If I could give it 6 stars I would. The detail in the novel reflects the author's experience as a CIA agent and he weaves together a brilliant tale that keeps you turning the page. I cannot wait for the movie and more importantly, the sequel. Best book I've read in the last year!
  • Frustratingly slow

    By Jesterdw
    Very disappointed, like a bad superhero movie with way too much origin story and not enough action.
  • Red sparrow

    By Bee britches
    Didn't expect much but boy was I surprised & pleased! Great story line but more importantly extremely well written. Couldn't put it down! Thanks. Dr Roy Appleton,Jackson,Tennessee.
  • Glad I read!!!

    By Yelps10056
    GOOD READ!!! What a gifted writer!
  • Red sparrow

    By Stolyman1
    Fantastic real action spy novel ever
  • Red Sparow

    By Ron Aaron
    At about a page turner. Jason Mathews has out all of his insider knowledge to great benefit in a book that had me turning the pages faster than I thought possible on an iPad! A super story.
  • Fascinating

    By hoalewally
    Intriguing characters set in believable landscapes and difficult situations. Some act instinctively, some professionally, and some sadistically. All ring true. In order to sell this book, there is sex, love and action, but the meat of a good fiction novel-- character development and pictures and ideas on the written page springing to life and transporting the reader to scenes otherwise restricted from everyday life-- is present in spades. I look forward to more from this author as he matures in his second career; his first was as a CIA operative in "denied areas." This book is his métier.
  • Excellent Read

    By GCLaw
    Great spy novel from a writer that I never read before. What a great surprise to learn that I couldn't put it down. I hope there is a follow up. The characters left off in a great position or a sequel. I will certainly be looking for his next book.
  • Not good

    By SantafeNM
    Purchased based on its paid for advertising which does little to explain the fantasy plot. My mistake. Suggest you be wary of purchasing unless you are interested in a not real story with a women character with superwomen powers that was improperly advertised as spy reality. Could not stand reading so deleted before half way. Wasted $$.
  • One of the best spy novels...ever!

    I am always in search of a good spy/intrigue novel. This one over delivers with convoluted yet authentic twists, rich in culture and character. Can't wait for his next one!!!
  • Excellent

    By gightrunner
    What a great read. Authentic, detailed but at a good pace. Good characters and a believable story. And I thought the Cold War had ended! Oh and I need to try the recipes!
  • Excellent read

    By Not so thrilled with this one
    One of the most engrossing spy thrillers I've read in a long time. The characters are well developed; I felt like I knew them by the time I finished the book. Definitely worth a read, and I can't wait for the sequel!
  • Red Sparrow

    By BK0461
    The best book of this genre that I have read since LeCarre's classic spy novels. Engrossing, fast-paced, well-developed plot and characters. I highly recommend it.
  • Loved it!!

    By Little Linder
    Suspenseful and well written. Many twists and turns. Will look for other books by this author.
  • A Beautiful book.

    By Scrabble tile
    This is a superb story, beautifully told. I enjoyed every moment, and hope there are many more to come from this wonderful new writer.
  • Excellent.

    By kdmeit
    A great thriller. Full of intrigue and espionage. A good summer read.
  • Red Sparrow

    By katYsPop
    Rarely do you get to read a spy novel that lets you know the author has walked the walk - as well as this one does. And while His prose is unlikely ever to be confused with that of Furst or Le Carre, he walks the streets of the same neighborhood. What this compelling read lacks in literary polish, it more than makes up for in believability and character.
  • Great Read!

    By StanTho
    Hard to put down.
  • Red Sparrow

    By Acquittal
    One of the most intriguing post Cold War spy books I've ever read. The characters are memorable. I can't wait for the sequel which no doubt is coming!!