Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1) by Jason Matthews

Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1)

Now a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton! From veteran CIA officer Jason Matthews, the electrifying, New York Times bestselling modern spy thriller, Red Sparrow.In contemporary Russia, state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova has been drafted to become a “Sparrow”—a spy trained in the art of seduction to siphon out information from their marks. She’s been assigned to Nathaniel Nash, a CIA officer who hand...

Details Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1)

TitleRed Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1)
Release DateFeb 20th, 2018
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Spy Thriller, Espionage, Mystery Thriller, Cultural, Russia, Suspense, Audiobook, Contemporary

Reviews Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1)

  • Heather Fineisen
    While I was reading this, I kept going back to my Goodreads account and looking at the reviews, perplexed, but coaxed to keep reading. I finally came to the conclusion that this is one of those books that appealed to most, but not to me. Dominika is a training to be a Red Sparrow, a Russian female seductress agent, and she also has the gift of synthesia, or seeing colors in an aura around people that reflects their spirit, a mood ring sort of thi...
  • Bibi
    *Random thoughts* So happy that I persevered to the end, considering that nothing actually happened. Not a damn thing that wasn't predictable or contrived. CIA, FBI, Russian FSB, espionage, red sparrows-Russian secret agents who learn the fine art of seduction and sex, ubiquitous food recipes(why?), double agents, a lot of spy-speak and countless acronyms. Additionally, our protagonist- Dominika- is a synesthete (the ability to see auras depicte...
  • Kemper
    Maybe we Americans were just a little bit hasty when we said that we won the Cold War? ‘Cause it’s seeming more and more like that we were really just leading at halftime. Modern Russia with Vladimer Putin running the show is essentially the Soviet Union with a better public relations department, and the old spy games between their Foreign Intelligence Service and the American Central Intelligence Agency are back with a vengeance. Young and a...
  • Paromjit
    This is the first in the Red Sparrow trilogy of which a film with Jennifer Lawrence is set to be released in 2018. Jason Matthews brings all his experience of being a spy with the CIA to bear in this well plotted espionage thriller. His descriptions of the workings of the American and Russian intelligence agencies bear all the hallmarks of the politics, paranoia, intrigue, quandries and motivations that shape the organisations. Set in the contemp...
  • Orsodimondo
    MR. FLANAGAN Sono d’accordo con il critico del NYT Charles Cumming: inserire Putin tra i personaggi di questo romanzo è un errore, in qualche modo ne mina la credibilità – come lo sono le ricette gastronomiche a chiusura di ogni capitolo, meno l’ultimo, sia perché smontano la suspense sia perché la ricetta più leggera è pari a diecimila calorie. È vero però, proprio come scrive Charles Cumming, che questi sono errori marginali.L’e...
  • Trudi
    Think the Cold War is over? Think again. I'd always had somewhere in me (I mean, really, who doesn't?) an interest in Soviet history and everything Red Army, KGB, Iron Curtain, and Gulag. It's one of the greatest stories ever told after all -- the rise and fall of a mighty and murderous political and geographic monolith that aggressively absorbed many nations and languages and religions into its insatiable machinery in a quest for ultimate global...
  • Esteban
    I very nearly despaired of finishing this book a couple of times.In one review they compared this book to John Le Carre, I don't think so! That was the MAIN reason I picked it up and gave it a go.So slow, so boring, so full of words that said almost nothing. Sometimes you get a book very rich in words which tells a rich story, this was not the case, it gave me the impression of the author's infatuation with his capacity to link words in sentences...
  • Bob Milne
    Like the coldest, most diligent of intelligence officers, I have been patiently sitting on the secrets of this book for nearly 6 months now. I was quick to accept when Simon & Schuster Canada proposed the mission - to review, and to be a part of the tour - and gave it a read almost as soon as the ARC arrived on my doorstep. It reminded me of the cold-war espionage thrillers I read growing up, and I drafted my review right away, while the source m...
  • Jennifer
    "Her name was Dominika Egorova. She was a ballerina, an officer in the SVR, a Sparrow trained to bend others’ minds. She loved and was loved in return." I rarely read spy thrillers, but when I heard Jennifer Lawrence was cast for the film adaptation of Red Sparrow, I put it on my TBR list asap. At first, I almost didn't finish this book. Like I said, I don't typically read this genre and I didn't find myself easily engaged in the writing styl...
  • Darwin8u
    The next generation of spy-turned-spy novelist is here. Joining Graham Greene*, Somerset Maugham*, Ian Fleming, John le Carré*, James Church, (and maybe -- if my suspicions are correct -- Robert Littell and Olen Steinhauer too), Jason Matthews shows most interesting spy fiction is actually written by former spies/intelligence officers. While not close to being a great espionage novel (using recipes to separate the chapters seems a little overcoo...
  • kartik narayanan
    Read the review of the Red Sparrow Trilogy at my blogRed Sparrow is an okayish spy thriller. The best thing is its sheer authenticity and 'grounded-ness' of the day to day clandestine operations similar to the way the Pike Logan books feel authentic in their action due to Brad Thor's background. While I am no spy (or am I?) or spec ops warrior (maybe?) and cannot obviously vouch for the authenticity, Jason Matthews and Brad Thor communicate this ...
  • Megan Johnson
    This is a tough one - on the one hand I actually really did enjoy the story, but on the other hand it was kind of a tough one to get through. When it comes to illicit affairs, strategizing on who can screw the other harder, and that flavor of crazy drama - I am THERE for it. But to be totally candid with you, I feel like that drama was there in this book but it was taken away from by endless "intelligence" talk. I know this is a story of espionag...
  • Bettie☯
    How to do The Mendacious: Dec 2015... and Trump is great, Blatter should get the Nobel, so what if we lied about being in Ukraine and such a shame that black box was broken but the economy is doing well...Description: In today’s Russia, dominated by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence. Drafted against her will to become a “Spar...
  • katwiththehat
    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 ...
  • Darren
    Awful Writing and No Command of Fiction CraftI abandoned this book after 90 pages. I don't care if the plot eventually improved; the writing is terrible. For one, there is a lot of needless description. He describes plateware and names the fancy cologne a character is wearing. Who cares? Don't waste my time with the research you did on trivial nonsense. He even describes an airport terminal as containing shops and restaurants. Really? Why waste w...
  • Meredith
    Captivating spy novel with some romance mixed in. I highly recommend. I can't wait to read the Palace of Treason.
  • Monnie
    After seeing trailers for the just-released motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton and learning that it's based on a book of the same name, my husband decided to give the book - the first in a trilogy - a try. Then he told me it was very, very good.Whether or not we watch movie remains to be seen (pun intended), but I knew I wanted to read the book first. I also knew it's close to 600 pages - not easy to fit into a stack of a...
  • Bob
    4 1/2 Stars -- Definitely Worth Reading But You'll Need To Be Patient With ItI received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and the publisher in return for an honest review, which follows.I am an avid reader of thrillers and am particularly of espionage thrillers. So, I figured that Red Sparrow would be "right up my alley." However,the book's slow pace during the first hundred pages orso kept me undecided as to whether I was liking it or not. Thi...
  • Marty Fried
    I enjoyed this a lot. It's a real spy vs spy story with Russians against Americans in fairly modern-day times, with Putin as the Russian president. It's mainly about recruiting moles for each side, with a twist of two spies trying to recruit each other. To make it more interesting, one is a beautiful Russian spy who is very capable. She started out as a dancer, but a competitor knocked her out of that, by breaking her leg. Her uncle was a high-ra...
  • Patricia Williams
    This book was a very hard read for me. I liked the story and I liked the two main characters but there was so much information in the book, it took me forever to get through it. The basic story was very good and I do want to see the movie and would read the second installment of the story, hoping that the author would not have to put so much information in the other books since you have the background. There were even recipes at the end of every ...
  • Cullen
    I really wanted to like this book, since I feel like I've exhausted all the great espionage and this was getting a lot of buzz because the author is former CIA. I made it just past the halfway point before I had to give up. The initial 100 page of setup was a struggle because virtually every paragraph about the heroine mentions how sexy she is. Then she goes to sex school to really sex up her sexiness. She also has a nearly magical power to read ...
  • Skip
    4.5 stars. An excellent spy thriller. To quote the NY Times: "there hasn’t been a first-rate American spy novelist who claims to have worked as an intelligence officer ... until now ... he has turned his considerable knowledge of espionage into a startling debut." A newly trainer Russian spy, Dominika Egorova, is supposed to recruit Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer, handling the Agency’s most important Russian mole. However, she is an inde...
  • Veeral
    Jason Matthews, the author of this book, is a former CIA officer, and unfortunately, he can't keep his bias in check. At all. The CIA are good guys in this book. ALL of them (okay, maybe bar one or two minor characters). Well, Latin America would beg to differ, Mr. Matthews (and many other parts of the world). It's CIA, not NASA. Get off from your high horse.The Russians on the other hand, are EVIL, except those who have turned against their coun...
  • Valerie Frankel
    No, this author is not the next Le Carre, Graham Greene, or Len Deighton. Yes, he does have considerable knowledge of CIA operational strategies and techniques. But that isn't enough to craft a good story - you also need some believable characters that you can get involved with. I found too much of this book to be trite and stereotypical, from the dark, menacing, unattractive Russians to the fatherly, dignified, handsome Americans. And too many R...
  • Sonia De la rosa
    Un thriller de espías muy adictivo, con un ritmo ágil y con momentos de tensión que hace que no encuentres el momento de dejar de leer. El libro esta narrado de una forma muy visual. Te da la sensación que estás viendo los seguimientos, los encuentros entre el controlador y su agente doble. Se nota que su autor es un antiguo agente de la CIA por la forma que explica las técnicas de reclutamiento de los agentes dobles. Los protagonistas me h...
  • Libby Chester
    I haven’t read a great number of spy novels, but I was very captivated by this one. The movie comes out in March and I wanted to read the book first. ‘Red Sparrow’ by Jason Matthews begins in Moscow with CIA agent, Nathaniel Nash running a covert operation with his Russian double agent known as MARBLE. With a near escape from surveillance teams, we are introduced to the great game between Russia and the US, the post Cold War game of intelli...
  • Christine
    I hardly know where to start with the Red Sparrow Trilogy. I am still in shock. I am totally in awe. This week, I have read all three books and have fallen in love with Dominika and Nate. This is such a powerful and gripping spy trilogy. Soon everyone will recognise the name. The first book has been made into a movie, which will be out in the cinemas in 2018. We get to see the world of espionage, the danger and the excitement, all with a modern d...
  • Amorak Huey
    A decent spy story hampered by an excruciatingly slow start. Takes 100+ pages for the two main characters -- Nate of the CIA, Dominika of some Russian agency -- to end up in the same city, and even longer before they end up in the same bed. It's a tedious courtship.The third act is pretty exciting, with the high stakes and cool tradecraft stuff you want in a spy novel, but there's far too much backstory before we get there. And Matthews seems uns...
  • Jim Leffert
    People often praise a book by saying “I couldn’t put it down”. My experience is that the better books are the ones that I’m not tempted to plow through in a single sitting. Happily, Red Sparrow is a book that I could put down, first because it is a well-plotted, character-driven, and authentic sounding spy novel, and second, because if I had continued to read it too close to bedtime, I would have been too jumpy to get to sleep! Jason Matt...