Publisher's Summary

A Russian honey trap agent targets a young CIA operative to uncover a senior-ranking mole at the heart of the Russian Intelligence service.
Dominika Egorov, former prima ballerina, is sucked into the heart of Putin's Russia, the country she loved, and spat out as the twists and turns of betrayal and counter-betrayal unravel. American Nate Nash, idealistic and ambitious, handles the double agent, codenamed MARBLE, considered one of CIA's biggest assets. He needs to keep his identity secret for as long as the mole can keep supplying golden information. Will Dominika be able to unmask MARBLE, or will the mission see her faith destroyed in the country she has always passionately defended?
Jason Matthews retired after 33 years in the CIA's Directorate of Operations as a clandestine operations officer and senior manager. Matthews lives with his wife Suzanne, herself a retired 34-year veteran of the CIA, in Rancho Mirage, California. Treason is his first novel.
©2013 Jason Matthews (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Not since the good old days of the Cold War has a classic spy thriller like Red Sparrow come along. Jason Matthews is not making it up; he has lived this life and this story, and it shows on every page. High-level espionage, pulse-pounding danger, sex, double agents and double crosses. What more can any reader want?" (Nelson DeMill)
"A great and dangerous spy-game is being played today between Russian intelligence and the CIA. Very few people know about it, including many of our politicians in Washington. But Jason Matthews does, and his thrilling Red Sparrow takes us deep inside this treacherous world. He's an insider's insider. He knows the secrets. And he is also a masterful story-teller. I loved this book and could not put it down. Neither will you." (Vince Flynn)
"I read till 11 and woke up at 5 am to finish this book in three days. If it doesn't supplant The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as the next mammoth read, and if it doesn't take its place alongside le Carré's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, the love of literature and jaw-dropping thrills really is dead.... I have not read a more exciting, gripping novel in a long time." (Doug Stanton, author of Horse Soldiers)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Mary-Alice on 24-10-2015


This was a fun book. It gave some interesting insights into the history of the relationship between Russia and the US, and into how intelligence operations with from an author who apparently worked for the CIA! I found some aspects of the characters a bit unbelievable (even for a spy novel!) and some of the twists predicable, but overall I still really enjoyed the book.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By john m blandford on 09-04-2018

A good story rather degraded by US bias

The story goes along at a good pace and is well read.If you can suspend disbelief about how ugly,fat and awful the Russians are and how nice the CIA is, it is a pretty good read.I doubt the ability to read the colour aura of the characters helps credibility of the whole.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ruth on 28-08-2017

Way too good

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I could not stop reading it. Did no work 'till it was finished.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, really engaging and readable with plenty of suspense

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Marisia Robus on 24-03-2018

I couldn't stop listening!

An exceptional story line, twists and turns that I did not see coming! The characters were developed excellent and I was floored when I found out who Marble was!
I lived each moment with her and Nath and the end broke my heart!
Can;t wait to read the next one!
Well done Jason Matthews

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By David on 30-08-2013

The Dan Brown of spy fiction?

What disappointed you about Red Sparrow?

An unbelievable story filled with cliches and stereotypes - Russia bad: USA good - is it really that simple?

What could Jason Matthews have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have a credible plot and at least some characters you can believe in.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Story was well-read - but the narrator didn't have much to work with.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Red Sparrow?

Cut out all the sex scenes - they were woeful.

Any additional comments?

I'd like to know how books as weak as this get published?

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21 of 22 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By J. M. Craig on 04-04-2016

Spy Story or Cookery Book

Jason Matthews can't seem to make up his mind on whether he wants to write a spy novel or a cookery book. The constant recipes and details of meals is very annoying

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23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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