Jason Matthews is a retired officer of the CIA's Operations Directorate. Over a thirty-three-year career he served in multiple overseas locations and engaged in clandestine collection of national security intelli-gence, specializing in denied-area operations. Matthews conducted recruitment operations against Soviet-East European, East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean targets. As Chief in various CIA Stations, he collaborated with foreign partners in counterproliferation and counterterrorism operations. He is the author of Red Sparrow, Palace of Treason, and The Kremlin's Candidate. He lives in Southern California.
A great and dangerous spy-game is being played today between
Russian intelligence and the CIA. Very few people know about it,
including many of our politicians in Washington. But Jason Matthews
does, and his thrilling Red Sparrow takes us deep inside
this treacherous world. He s an insider s insider. He knows the
secrets. And he is also a masterful story-teller. I loved this book
and could not put it down. Neither will you. --Vince Flynn"
I read till eleven and woke up at five a.m. to finish this book. If it doesn t supplant The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as the next mammoth read, ad if it doesn t take its place alongside le Carre s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, the love of literature and jaw-dropping thrills really is dead. I learned more about the former Soviets and the new Russians, and about our US of A, than I ever gleaned from the hardest-working journalists today. Halfway through, I was afraid Vladimir Putin would find out I was reading Red Sparrow and have me arrested. I have not read a more exciting, gripping novel in a long time. --Doug Stanton "author of Horse Soldiers ""