With cover art reminiscent of a James Bond opening credits, Red Sparrow brings back an American “enemy” from the Cold War. Instead of the USSR the spy game written by Jason Matthews pits American assets against the new Russia which is sort of like the old Soviet Union. Matthews brings reality, or a least as much as he can divulge, as a former member of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service.
The story pits the Russian red sparrow against a young CIA operative. In a “must win” battle the two agents find themselves in a unique struggle for more than their nation’s intelligence capabilities. The novel was very enjoyable and built to a climactic end. There is enough room for many more novels featuring the main characters. I look forward to many more books from this author. By the way the “agents” are spies!