by Jason Matthews
Scribner (Simon and Schuster)
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Description: Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow. She despises the men she serves, the oligarchs, and crooks, and thugs of Putin’s Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington’s most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.
As she expertly dodges exposure, Dominika deals with a murderously psychotic boss; survives an Iranian assassination attempt; escapes a counterintelligence ambush; rescues an arrested agent and exfiltrates him out of Russia; and has a chilling midnight conversation in her nightgown with President Putin. Complicating these risks is the fact that Dominika is in love with her CIA handler, Nate Nash, and their lust is as dangerous as committing espionage in Moscow. And when a mole in the SVR finds Dominika’s name on a restricted list of sources, it is a virtual death sentence…
The Good Stuff
- Author obviously knows his stuff, you can really tell he lived some of this life. Very authentic
- Dominka is a hugely intriguing and likeable character - quite the feisty little thing (she kinda overshadows Nate)
- One of my favorite thing about this series is the secondary characters
- Edge of your seat action throughout most of the story
- Enjoy the recipes, but kinda wish they were written out in full, I NEED to make them
- My love for Marty Gable has no ends, he is utterly delightful and gets some of the best lines
- Does a fabulous job of setting the mood of a scene
- Interesting historical information about Russia and the United States and their various intelligence offices
- I eagerly await the next installment of this smart and sexy spy saga - and now off to the store to find some ingredients
- Did I mention how much I love Gable
- Great realistic relationships between many of the characters
- Excels at dialogue between major characters
- Villains are so despicable, you are on the edge of your seat waiting for them to get their just desserts
- I would love to sit down with Mr. Matthews to listen to him tell tales of some of the real life stories that inspired his fiction
The Not So Good Stuff
- Ummm when did I miss that Dominika's mother died. Could be me, I was moving while I was reading this, so it could have been something I missed.
- A wee bit repetitive at times and tad sexist at times (which doesn't fit with the main female character)
- I feel very hungry after each and every chapter
"Gable put the photo down "Handsome looking bunch. You're adopted then, or what, forceps delivery?"
"And after five meetings, despite the grandmotherly exterior the imaginative Angevine saw the ancient Soviet venom or show trial and gulag, of politburo and mass graves in birch forests."
"..and his Athens DCOS Marty Gable has asked him to reserve some time for a protracted counseling session when Nate returned to Station to discuss his lack of professionalism, his disregarding instructions, and, in Gable's words, his being 'a dumbassador from the Republic of stupid."
I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review