Red Sparrow

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 elicit 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.

Red Sparrow - Jason Matthews Summary

Red Sparrow is a 2018 American spy thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence and written by Justin Haythe, based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Jason Matthews. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jeremy Irons. It tells the story of a Russian intelligence officer, who is sent to make contact with a CIA officer in the hope of discovering the identity of a mole. Matthews, a former member of the CIA, advised the production on the depiction of spying. Based on historic Soviet sexpionage and contemporary Russian use of kompromat, filming took place in Hungary, Slovakia and Austria. Jennifer Lawrence studied with the New York City Ballet to prepare for her performance. Red Sparrow premiered at Newseum in Washington, D.C. on February 15, 2018, and was released in the United States on March 2, 2018. The film grossed $151 million worldwide, becoming a modest box-office success, and received mixed reviews from critics, who described it as having "more style than substance", and criticized the film's length and over-reliance on graphic violence and sex, while praising Jennifer Lawrence's performance...

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Red Sparrow - Jason Matthews Book Reviews (813)


Hats Off!5 star

Finally an author I can get behind. I’m excited to read the next two books in this trilogy and hope that there are plenty more to come. My only recommendation to anyone reading this review is skip the movie and pick up this book instead. 55


Waste of time / money1 star

Its very very very bad i love Jennifer but her acting wasn't that good she was acting like a robot during the movie... i dont recommend this movie at all 15


Gripping exciting stunning book!!!5 star

Could not put the book down!! You simply must have this book!!! Period. 55


Longest run-on sentence this year?3 star

One sentence consists of 243 words. Yes. I counted. 243 words, without a period. Near the end. When he’s driving to the swap... Frankly I didn’t love this book. I didn’t hate it, but I found it mediocre. It has its moments, but then digresses into long, rambling narratives... up and down... 35


Great read, too bad he sold it be made into an awful movie5 star

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. 55


Red Sparrow5 star

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! 55

henrycupcake .3.

first i get to know this book is because of jennifer lawrence5 star

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! 55


Loved it5 star

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. 55

Deacon Dukes

Awesome! Four and a half stars!4 star

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. 45

Hill country Andy

Red Sparrow5 star

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! 55

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