Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy, #1) by Jason MatthewsIn 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.
Why "Red Sparrow" Had To Be R-Rated
A top Russian ballerina Jennifer Lawrence suffers a career-ending injury and she is recruited into the secret corps of Sparrow operatives -- men and women trained to seduce enemy agents and extract intelligence from them. Her mission is to target a CIA agent but he's not easily swayed. Directed by Francis Lawrence.
Dominika Jennifer Lawrence , is a former ballerina recruited into the Sparrow program, where she trains to become a Russian Secret Service agent.
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The film has an R rating, and as director Francis Lawrence has repeatedly stated, it's a hard R. Of course, there are a wide variety of movies with R ratings. Sexually explicit romantic comedies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall , adrenaline-pumping action flicks like The Matrix , and slasher movies like Friday the 13th all carry the same rating, but they couldn't be more different. Red Sparrow certainly gives the latter a run for its intense money. Here's everything you need to know with only mild spoilers.