Review of Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
By: Luna Lupine

I had another one of my black outs, and when I came to I found myself in front of a cinema. It was late at night and I was three towns away from my house, so I decided to catch a movie. After watching Red Sparrow, I was pleased to learn that it was based on a book by author Jason Matthews. After a brief search to learn more about him, I found out that he was a retired CIA Operations Directorate, no joke! After learning that the story that I watch became more interesting, and as they say the book is always better than the movie and with that I order the book (which I found out that it's the first in a trilogy), from Amazon Prime.

So, a brief synopsis offer is, Dominika Egorova, or "Red Sparrow", is a former Russian ballerina who is forced by her uncle to undergo espionage training for the Russian government at the Sparrow School, where people are trained to seduce their targets. Other key figures are Marble, a Russian double agent who provides intelligence to the CIA, and Nate Nash, a CIA internal-ops officer who recruits and handles intelligence assets for the agency.

Once the book came in the mail, I didn't even make it back into the house before I had it opened and was engaged.

To my pure delight, I find that this book is so much better than the movie with character that felt so real and how the author described the location your are there with them caught in the middle of the action! Combined, the experience creates a realistic feeling of deception, thrills and being double crossed by both the CIA and Russian's inner circle. Another wonderful addition to the read is how the author really knows the subject matter on a personal and intimate level, as the book is overflowing with information about how things work on both ends of the U.S. And Russian Intelligence agencies, that is not only fascinating, but aides in the creation of keeping the reader on the edge of their seat!

While many may think that this is a book only for men, you couldn't be farther from the truth, as this is a story for both sexes, as the reader is pulled into the lives of CIA agent Nathaniel Nash and Russian agent Dominika Egorova and their stories entwined and take you all the way through the book, even to the very end. One thing that the movie did well, but for obvious reasons was not able to include all of the plot twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing as to what is going on, who can you trust and who's really the bad guy in all of this, and the end, holy crap! It will knock you on you butt!

I think this is such a good book! If you like that sort of story-telling, where you are handed lots of information to be processed and put together, and enjoy it as it all unfolds then this book is for you! I give Jason Matthews' Red Sparrow four killer stars out of five! I've already placed my order for book number two in the series to find out what happens next!

All right, that's it for me for this month. I heard from through the grape vine that a large shipment of silver just arrived into my small village, and I need to make sure it's not for bullet production.