Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

Red Sparrow

By Jason Matthews

  • Release Date: 2013-06-04
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 634 Ratings
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Now a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton!

From the New York Times bestselling author and veteran CIA officer Jason Matthews comes the electrifying 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 handles the organization’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 valuable mole in Moscow.

For fans of John le Carré and Ian Fleming and featuring “high-level espionage, pulse-pounding danger, sex, double agents, and double crosses” (Nelson DeMille), Red Sparrow is a timely and electrifying thriller that is impossible to put down.


  • Great read, too bad he sold it be made into an awful movie

    By Daisydewdrop
    Read three of the books, really good. Was excited to see the movie from the first book and was so disappointed. Terrible. Didn't the author ask to read the screen play before he agreed to sell the movie rights? What a mistake. Now I doubt any of the other books in the sequel will be made or will be any good either.
  • Red Sparrow

    By Artymusician
    Outstanding book!!! I loved this book, and really enjoyed the additional touch of recipes that brought me back to reality after an exciting and sometimes brutally scary event in the book. I also loved the politics that helped me understand the really tough and difficult lives of spies. DIVA is an awesome protagonist, who must also have a brilliant purple aura herself!
  • 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