TGIF: Red Sparrow

Red SparrowBlurb from Goodreads: In the grand spy-tale tradition of John le Carré comes this shocking thriller written with insider detail known only to a veteran CIA officer.

In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency’s most important Russian mole.

Spies have long relied on the “honey trap,” whereby vulnerable men and women are intimately compromised. Dominika learns these techniques of “sexpionage” in Russia’s secret “Sparrow School,” hidden outside of Moscow. As the action careens between Russia, Finland, Greece, Italy, and the United States, Dominika and Nate soon collide in a duel of wills, tradecraft, and—inevitably—forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but those of others as well. As secret allegiances are made and broken, Dominika and Nate’s game reaches a deadly crossroads. Soon one of them begins a dangerous double existence in a life-and-death operation that consumes intelligence agencies from Moscow to Washington, DC.

Page by page, veteran CIA officer Jason Matthews’s Red Sparrow delights and terrifies and fascinates, all while delivering an unforgettable cast, from a sadistic Spetsnaz “mechanic” who carries out Putin’s murderous schemes to the weary CIA Station Chief who resists Washington “cake-eaters” to MARBLE, the priceless Russian mole. Packed with insider detail and written with brio, this tour-de-force novel brims with Matthews’s life experience, including his knowledge of espionage, counterintelligence, surveillance tradecraft, spy recruitment, cyber-warfare, the Russian use of “spy dust,” and covert communications. Brilliantly composed and elegantly constructed, Red Sparrow is a masterful spy tale lifted from the dossiers of intelligence agencies on both sides of the Atlantic. Authentic, tense, and entertaining, this novel introduces Jason Matthews as a major new American talent.

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Book Beginnings on Fridays


Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.


Twelve hours into his SDR Nathaniel Nash was numb from the waist down. His feet and legs were wooden on the cobblestones of the Moscow side street.

The Friday 56

Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted at Freda’s voice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Here’s the blurb from Page 56:


Nothing happened for another terrifying minute. Dominika opened one eye to see Ustinov’s face hanging above hers, eyes open, tongue visible in an open mouth. The indistinct black figure loomed over them both, unmoving, speckled by the pink dots.

I’d seen this movie and was fascinated by it! I loved the way everything came together in the end, even though I didn’t understand why things were happening the way they were at the time.

I would definitely see this movie again, just to pick up on all the little bits that I missed the first time.

I’ve just started the book. I know, I’m doing it backward, right? Most people read the book and then see the movie.

So far, the book is good but certainly not a quick read. There is terminology and spy code that I find make it slightly complex. I’m a slow reader as it is, so it might be just me.

Thanks for reading and Happy Weekend!



14 Replies to “TGIF: Red Sparrow”

    1. When I started it, I knew exactly what you were talking about! lol It’s fairly close to the movie so far, a few differences but I’m only just starting really 🙂

      Seems I can’t seem to get my act together this week, whether its reading, writing or laundry. I feel stuck in neutral lol

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      1. Oh good! I felt like when I was trying to explain it before that I made no sense, lol. Better for you to see for yourself! Like I said, it’s just his first hand CIA background coming out, which I appreciate. I’d write it and they’d have to look things up in books first lol!

        That sounds like my week! I had 3 straight days were I was unproductive even though I had a million things to do and tried to do them. I did read 2 books..maybe 3..I know I did laundry several times, but other things needed done and I just felt stuck. I finally broke down crying one day and the other throwing things on my desk into the floor. I was just done. Maybe this week will be better for us both! 🤗🤞

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  1. It’s not just you, I think it’s spy books in general. When I read Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carré my progress was slow too because it was full of new information and was set in a world (world of spies and espionage) that wasn’t familiar to me at all. Take your time with it, if you enjoyed the film you’ll probably like the book too.

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

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  2. This sounds so intriguing! I love spy stuff. I haven’t seen the movie, but it sounds like I should. Maybe I will read the book first if you like it a lot. 🙂 Have a great weekend!


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