Red Sparrow (Scribner Books), the first book in Jason Matthews’ trilogy is a seductive tale of espionage and intrigue just ripe for Hollywood. Sparrow is a dark thriller about a Russian ballerina-turned-spy who infiltrates “Sparrow School,” a facility where students are taught to use sex as both a weapon and information-gathering technique.

The book is a thrilling ride of suspense and emotion, it’s no wonder Hollywood actually did come knocking on Matthews’ door in 2013 with offers of turning his words into a cinematic masterpiece that book lovers and movie-goers, alike, will find engaging. Red Sparrow, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton, makes its theatrical debut today on the heels of some very mixed, but mostly favorable reviews across Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb and Washington Post.

The release of the film comes two weeks after the February 13th release of the final book in the trilogy. The Kremlin Candidatepoised to be Matthews’ third bestseller in a row, is already getting buzz in and around Hollywood. For his finale, Matthews pulled from current U.S.-Russian conflict to create a fictional “what if” that leaves readers pondering the past and contemplating an uncertain future.

From Moscow to D.C. to Hong Kong to New York and the Sudan, Matthews’ points to the blurred lines between danger and power, when the temptation of absolute power corrupts absolutely.

While there is still a bit of time before we get final word on what fans of Matthews’ work think of the film, it is unknown at this time if there will be a sequel to the first. What we do know for certain that the public agrees: this final book is worthy of consideration.


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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 intelli­gence, 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 SparrowPalace of Treason, and The Kremlin’s Candidate. He lives in Southern California.


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