The Red Sparrow - Jason Matthews

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Jason Matthews is a retired officer in CIA's former Operations Directorate, now the National Clandestine Service. 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 and, as Chief in various CIA Stations, managed covert action projects against the Weapons of Mass Destruction programs of the world's Rogue States and collaborated with foreign liaison partners in counter terrorism operations.

And if Jasons bio alone has not moved you to get a hold of a copy of his book the reader should know that Jason has created a bleak rich atmosphere with colorful characters that will eventually throw you into unnerving present-day Russia, where Putin's influence is omnipresent. Utilizing its ripped-from-the headlines topics (Russia as an unstable superpower led by an autocratic and power-mad Putin), its real life spy craft (from thumb-drive surveillance worms to traceable Russian spy-dust to futuristic space-based weapons systems), and its thrilling international action (RED SPARROW is set in Moscow, Helsinki, Athens, Rome, and Washington, D.C.) this is a highly engaging clever enjoyable must read.