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

Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1)

Soon to be 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 w...

Details Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1)

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

Reviews Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1)

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Meredith
    Captivating spy novel with some romance mixed in. I highly recommend. I can't wait to read the Palace of Treason.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Lit Bitch
    3.5 stars. This novel keeps you in a state of near paranoia. Who can you trust? Who is leading a double life? Does anyone every really tell the truth?I was very intrigued by the idea of this novel. At first I worried that the Dominika was going to be a knock off Bond girl, meant to fill a sexual or romantic need in the story. But I was surprised by her depth, character, and story. Through Nash was meant to be the protagonist, I was infinitely mor...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • James Hollis
    Jason Matthews’ Red Sparrow has been described as being in the grand-spy style of John le Carré. Indeed, Matthews has crafted a complex tale of intrigue, twists, turns and convolutions that undoubtedly inhabit the intelligence/counter-intelligence world.Red Sparrow is an exciting read. Although it is as deep and rich as a le Carré novel, the masterful pacing will easily catapult this author into a category whose books are a challenge to put-d...
  • 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...
  • Jeffrey
    What do spies really do in the real world? They really spend their time recruiting another country's government employees, soldiers, officers or those with access to its secrets to work against their own national interests for the spy's country. Sometimes the spy lures in a potential asset with money. Sometimes a potential asset comes to a country with secrets because of his agenda or because the secrets are perceived to be destabilizing. There a...
  • Max
    I almost never write reviews but I had to write one for the Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews. Regretfully, grudgingly, I'm giving this book 4 stars although many parts of this book deserve solid 5 stars. This is a very good espionage thriller, superbly written in a literary sense, with riveting, sometimes even mesmerizing plot, strong characters, either positive or negative, and appropriate, well-timed insertions of humor. In a word, all what in my ...
  • Charlene Intriago
    Excellent spy novel.
  • Steven Z.
    If you were going to create the proto-type writer of espionage thrillers you would want someone with experience in the art of spy craft. Someone who had engaged in clandestine collection of national security intelligence, who recruited operatives in the Soviet Union, Middle East, and East Asia. You would want a person who had been a CIA Station Chief, managed covert operations, and worked with American allies in counter terrorism over a career th...
  • Barry
    Red Sparrow is one of the finest espionage books that I have ever read. Jason Matthews is, in my fragment of a mind, the equal of Daniel Silva and Jean Le Carre', although their styles are all very, very different. The plot is intricate, complex and satisfying to read, the characters are richly crafted, realistic and diverse and the writing is straightforward yet eloquent. Red Sparrow does not rely on countless shootings, chase scenes, ambushes, ...