- File Size: 2805 KB
- Print Length: 449 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (June 4, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 4, 2013
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008J4PK86
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am an avid reader of thrillers and am particularly a fan 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 kept me undecided as to whether I was liking it or not. This is because it took me awhile to get used to the fact that Red Sparrow wasn't going to be a book filled with lots of physical action -- e.g., fist fights, gun fights, killings, dramatic car chases, etc.-- that I've come to expect from books of this type.
Soon after, however, I realized that Red Sparrow is an espionage thriller that is several notches above the typical book in this genre. It is filled with many fully dimensional, credible characters and location descriptions that make you feel that you are there experiencing all of the deceptions, schemes, and double crosses involving the various CIA and Russian intelligence agents and politicians --some of whom are moles for both sides. Further, it becomes quickly obvious that first-time author and former CIA operative, Jason Matthews, really knows his subject matter, as Red Sparrow is filled with an abundance of information about the inner workings within both the U.S. and Russian intelligence organizations that is not only interesting, it serves to create an atmosphere that keeps the reader shaking his/her head in wonder.
As if this isn't enough to entice you to read Red Sparrow, perhaps the following facts will convince you to do so: (1) two of its main characters, CIA agent Nathaniel Nash and Russian agent Dominika Egorova, will stay in your mind long after finishing the book, and will have you looking forward to the author writing at least one more book featuring them to find out what the future holds for them; and (2) its plot is filled with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing as to what happens next, and an ending by which you will most likely be very surprised.
Highly recommended to those thriller readers willing to be patient enough to finish a book that will ultimately make them consider Red Sparrow to be among the better thrillers they are likely to read this year.
I did find the relationship between Dominika and Nash a bit frustrating, and somewhat unrealistic. There was something of the Victorian novel about how they were both so awkwardly incapable of expressing their true feelings for one another, even when considering the constraints of the clandestine nature of their relationship. They were both so capable when it came to other things--hand-to-hand combat, deceit, etc.--yet so inept when talking about love. Yet, as we knew it would, love conquers all.
I wasn't sure if the author had constructed Dominika in the style of Salander from the Stieg Larsson series. She's not quite the superhero that Salander is, but she certainly comes from the same mold.
I'm also not sure if I'll read the second installment or not. There were parts of tis book I thoroughly enjoyed, but there were an almost equal number of sections I didn't. Since Dominika and Nate will ultimately prevail in whatever dire straits they encounter, and will certainly find the occasional stolen moment to surrender to their pent up lust, I'm not sure it's necessary to read the sequel(s) to confirm what I already know.
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