Red Sparrow is now a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton!
The thrilling sequel to Red Sparrow—CIA insider Jason Matthews’s compulsively readable New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner—featuring Russian spy Dominika Egorova and CIA agent Nate Nash “shimmers with authenticity. The villains are richly drawn...the scenes of them on the job are beyond chilling” (The New York Times Book Review).
Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service despises the oligarchs, crooks, and thugs of Putin’s Russia—but what no one knows is that she is also working for the CIA. Her “sparrow” training in the art of sexual espionage further complicates the mortal risks she must take, as does her love for her handler Nate Nash—a shared lust that is as dangerous as treason.
As Dominika expertly dodges exposure, she deals with a murderously psychotic boss, survives an Iranian assassination attempt and attempts to rescue an arrested double agent—and thwart Putin’s threatening flirtations. A grand, wildly entertaining ride through the steel-trap mind of a CIA insider, Palace of Treason is a story “as suspenseful and cinematic as the best spy movies” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)—one that feels fresh and so possible, in fact, that it’s doubtful this novel can ever be published in Russia.
Matthews follows 2013's Red Sparrow, which won both the Edgar and Thriller awards for best first novel, with a sequel that's every bit as good as his debut. CIA case officer Nate Nash and Capt. Dominika Egorova of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) are still in love, and their relationship threatens to undermine a CIA scheme to sabotage the Iranians' secret uranium enrichment program. Dominika is a mole within the SVR, providing valuable intel to the Americans, especially after she wins the personal approval of President Vladimir Putin. But Dominika has a jealous rival within the SVR, Col. Alexei Zyuganov, a sadistic psychopath who will do anything to thwart her career. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., a disaffected CIA officer, in retaliation for being passed over for promotion, starts feeding the Russians information that could lead to Dominika's exposure as a spy for the Americans. Authentic tradecraft, a complex plot that steadily builds tension, and credible heroes and villains on both sides make this a standout. Recipes at the end of each chapter provide some welcome relief from some brutal violence. Seven-city author tour.
Great read. Mesmerizing, rivoting
Loved the plot, hated the writing. I’m bowing out of the last installment
Seriously the plot was great, the characters really good and I loved learning some of the operational terms. But during a couple of sex scenes the overwrought language had me laughing out loud (“Then the couch started spinning, and the walls collapsed, and the picture windows exploded, and the roof caved in.”). And some of the terms, used once, were just annoying (“Nate picked Dominika up at dusk at a CPU—car pickup”) and explaining other acronyms by using characters voices just annoying (“Additional SRAC training,” said Dominika. “That means short-range agent communication, no?”). I did find the perfect character to sum up my opinion though on the excessive use of the acronyms: “McGaffin shook his head, said, “Speak English,” and withdrew.” Just a peek into the language would do, you don’t have to bowl us over
Palace of Treason is fantastic sequel to Red Sparrow. Mr. Matthews makes the characters come alive. I found myself on the edge of my seat during the exfil of the old Russian. Both Palace of Treason & Red Sparrow would make great movies. Looking forward to your next project.