The Kremlin's Candidate (Red Sparrow Trilogy, #3) by Jason Matthews

The Kremlin's Candidate (Red Sparrow Trilogy, #3)

In the final, thrilling installment of the Red Sparrow Trilogy, Russian counterintelligence chief Dominika Egorova and her lover, CIA agent Nate Nash, must find a Russian agent about to be appointed to a very high office in the US government.With a plot ripped from tomorrow’s headlines, Jason Matthews’s high-powered, seductive third novel not only continues the dangerous entanglements of Dominika and Nate but reveals with chilling authenticit...

Details The Kremlin's Candidate (Red Sparrow Trilogy, #3)

TitleThe Kremlin's Candidate (Red Sparrow Trilogy, #3)
Release DateFeb 13th, 2018
GenreFiction, Thriller, Spy Thriller, Espionage, Mystery, Cultural, Russia

Reviews The Kremlin's Candidate (Red Sparrow Trilogy, #3)

  • Meredith
    4.5 starsThe final book in the Red Sparrow trilogy is intricately plotted, packed with tension, and filled with twists and turns. I am sad this series is over, but the good news is that it ends on a solid note! Numerous individuals are trying to promote Putin’s agenda, while the CIA crew of Forsyth, Benford, and Gable work to take him down. Dominika and Nate fight to be together, but as always there are competing forces in their way. Do they s...
  • Paromjit
    Ex-CIA man Jason Matthews brings his considerable experience and expertise to this final part of the Red Sparrow trilogy, lending it an air of real authenticity in its echoes of events in our contemporary world. CIA agent, Nathan and Russian ex-ballerina, Dominika, return for the last time with the lovers facing the gravest of dangers in a setting that moves from one colourful location to another, including Moscow, New York, Sudan, Hong Kong and ...
  • ChopinFC
    Boy this book pissed me off at so many levels!!I guess I've yet to encounter a book/trilogy that profoundly disappointed me as much as this. Based on the current 'Hollywood' "Red Sparrow' movie in theaters, the book continues the saga between Dominika a Russian operative and Nate, a CIA operative who fall in love and spend the best part of 3 books reconnecting in high secretive spy missions, etc. I swear this last book was the best by far, I was ...
  • Matt
    In this, the final novel in a high-impact trilogy, Jason Matthews seeks to take the story in a new and interesting direction, while tying up some loose ends and leaving others to dangle without resolution. Dominika Egorova remains a highly-placed mole in the Russian Government, having climbed the ladder within the SVR and rumoured to be the next director. In an early chapter flashback, Dominika remembers using her wiles and other newly honed ‘S...
  • Christine
    The Kremlin’s Candidate concludes the fabulous Red Sparrow spy trilogy. I have spent the last week in the company of Nate and Dominika, slowly falling in love with this complex and global tale of espionage. Red Sparrow and Palace of Treason must be read before The Kremlin’s Candidate. They all follow on beautifully from each other and establish a base of characters in the Russian intelligence service and the American CIA.I must admit that I f...
  • kartik narayanan
    Read the review of the Red Sparrow Trilogy at my blogThe Kremlin's Candidate is an excellent conclusion to the Red Sparrow Trilogy. It has a great story, intricate plotting and an ending that will stay with you long after the book is over. Without getting too much into spoiler territory, let me just that The Kremlin's Candidate is an exploration of the various themes that pertain to Dominika - her upbringing, Sparrow school, her rise in the SVR -...
  • Greville Waterman
    I put this book down with great regret and - without giving away any spoilers - not a few tears as well.This is the final part of the great trilogy of novels relating the relationship between Nate (or Neyt), Nash and Colonel Dominika Egorova, the FSB Counter Intelligence chief who has been a CIA asset for many years.The author's working knowledge of the espionage game is again apparent and shines through and the book is relentless in its exciteme...
  • Patrick
    In my opinion, a five-star series with a one-star conclusion. I absolutely hated the ending - some may love it, some may say it's more realistic as to what really happens in the world of the CIA. That's probably true, but still, I hated the way it ended. The first two books I put up there as among the very best I ever read - but the ending of this book, well, I wish I would've stopped and pretended it didn't happen. I am very curious to see how o...
  • RoseMary Achey
    There seemed to be a good deal of superfluous material that slowed or bogged down this read. The story had an engaging plot and I enjoyed reading about the internal workings of US and Russian counter intelligence agencies.
  • Kristine
    I"M ANGRY! I even read the reviews before I started this last book, there were no warnings. I would have been perfectly happy to stop at the second book. There was no warning with the direction that this book was going to go.Not cool.
  • Pamela
    The Kremlin’s Candidate is the final installment in The Red Sparrow Trilogy- how I am going to miss these richly drawn, multi-dimensional characters. I savored every word! This trilogy depicts 21st century spy craft in all its intrigue, dangers, and suspense. All the scenarios ring true ( even Russia’s ploy to cause disruption and chaos in elections)! The author has nailed it! The first installment, RED SPARROW, is now released as a major mot...
  • Jill Mackin
    Definitely a great CIA/FSB thriller. You can certainly tell it was written by a former CIA Operations officer. Lots of twists and turns.
  • Michael Martz
    'The Kremlin's Candidate', the 3rd in the Red Sparrow series by Jason Matthews, is yet another intricately crafted thriller with strong writing, good dialogue, and great 'tradecraft'. I'm sad to see this series end but getting there has been very satisfying. The plot involves a bit of a race to see which spy, Russia's or our's, ascends to the top spot in their respective country's spy organization first. Whoever 'wins' is in a position to identif...
  • Ron S
    Retired CIA officer Jason Matthews wraps up his Red Sparrow trilogy centered around Russian counterintelligence agent Dominika Egorova. The first two books received high critical praise and comparisons to le Carre; the plot is plausible, the characters compelling. Unfortunately, the seeming sheer implausibility of the current U.S. political climate is such that fiction with authenticity seems dull by comparison. A movie version of Red Sparrow, th...
  • Nick Sanders
    Not out with a bang, but with a whimper.... After two thrilling parts of the trilogy, the third part is a vast disappointment. It's written as if Matthews had a thesaurus for breakfast each morning, and the plot develops in an alarmingly predictable way. And then, in just a few pages, it ends. Disappointingly, I must say.What a pity.....
  • Patrick
    What, What, WTF just happened? It ended, that's what, suddenly and abruptly. No spoilers here, just a quick recap of the final installment of the trilogy. "The next CIA director could well be U.S. admiral Audrey Rowland, a mole working for the Russians, in bestseller Matthews’s stellar conclusion to his Red Sparrow trilogy. If selected, Rowland would learn the identity of Diva, the code name for Gen. Dominika Egorova, a spy for the Americans wh...
  • Bonnie
    “The tenets of espionage were immutable—go forth and steal secrets—but technology was changing the Game.” In The Kremlin’s Candidate, the race is on to identify the Russian spy who is one of three individuals currently in the running to become the next CIA director. This was hands down my favorite plot line of the trilogy and is by far the most thrilling in how Matthews brought everything full circle. Retelling Dominika’s time when sh...
  • Skip
    Great beginning, recalling Sparrow Dominika Egorova bedding a female U.S. naval officer, who is blackmailed into becoming a Russian spy. Each of them enjoy meteoric career ascensions, with the naval officer shortlisted to become CIA director, and Dominika, head of the SVR. The tension as to which shall learn of the other's identity first is palpable. I think Matthews does a good job capturing the spy business and there are some interesting new ch...
  • Steven Z.
    Jason Matthews’s RED SPARROW set the bar extremely high in creating a unique approach to the espionage thriller. He followed that with PALACE OF TREASON which met the bar and may have raised it. Matthews, a retired officer of the CIA’s Operations Directorate who specialized in recruitment and obtaining national security secrets creates his scenes based on his vast experience with spy craft which is exemplified throughout the novel. In his thi...
  • Lorraine Meissner
    Why only three starsI anxiously awaited the final book of this trilogy only to discover that the author has changed his style of writing. I gave the first two books five stars each because they beautifully brought the reader along for the ride with clarity. The verbiage in this last book was rediculous! I'm an avid reader and have never had to research the meaning of a word more than once or twice in a book. When even kindle has no definition I k...
  • Denyse Cox
    Huge disappointment
  • Tracy T.
    Amazing trilogy. Loved them all. (audible review)Some great story telling and descriptions of espionage. There were some sad moments in this book, but the story was great. If you haven't read this series I totally recommend it. I don't want to say much about it and give any spoilers . Just know it was really good. Keeps your attention and is very insightful. As for the narration, it was okay. Not much of a female voice or accents but that's okay....
  • ashley | citygirlscapes
    ( 3.5 - 4 ) Originally posted on books aren’t really my go to, but I stumbled upon Red Sparrow a few years ago and Jason Matthews trapped me in his written web. Like with it’s follow up, Palace of Treason, Matthews brings another action-packed continuation with The Kremlin’s Candidate, reuniting me with the Dominika and Nate. Now that Red Sparrow is being made into a movie, I was curious to see how this se...
  • June
    Best of 3 installments! I was perfectly satisfied, with romanticized spy drama, globe trotting, ethnic recipes, culture immersion, ideology curse..., as if I were taking multiple mini-vacations...even after my beloved Bratok gone heaven...and archetypal Benford kicked out. I believed the worst Diva got were astride Putin.Then all of sudden, at the precipice, final chapter - interrogation turn to surgical dissection, recipe free but with full reli...
  • John Lamb
    Unfortunately, this wasn't as good as the first two books and ends the series on a sour note. Also, Matthews verges into Rocky Flintstone territory in some of the sex scenes: "The president had not forgotten how Egorova's nipples had responded to his touch, could not forget the faint scratching of the dockyard rivets swelling beneath the lace, and how her lashes fluttered in coy arousal." Rivets? Really?
  • cr
    I am disappointed! It is no “I am Pilgrim”...I was eagerly looking forward to the release of Mr. Matthews’ book, and once it appeared in my kindle I devoured it! It took me longer to think about writing this review than actually finishing the book. The writing, the story, the characters all flowed and stayed true to the story. Indeed, the amount of minutiae, CIA lingo, hopelessness directed this tale towards a tragic future where nothing bu...
  • Eric
    SPOILER ALERT!!! Fantastic book! I would have given it 5 star but the ending explicably horribly tragic. I cannot fathom why feature books in this series without one of the main characters and I see no reason to kill him off. It was enough to have killed off one of the main supporting characters earlier in this book but the author went way to far killing off one of the leashing characters at the end of the book for no apparent reason. I don’t r...
  • Rick
    Fantastic, surprising ending to the Red Sparrow trilogy. Early on I was worried that Matthews was stretched too thin, but as the book progressed, I found the numerous plot lines to be wonderfully executed. I loved that actions had consequences, that just because someone's a good guy it doesn't exempt them. Didn't want it to end!