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Palace of Treason: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2015; vuoden 2015 painos)

– tekijä: Jason Matthews (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Red Sparrow (2)

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"From the bestselling, Edgar Award-winning author of the "terrifically good" (The New York Times) Red Sparrow, a compulsively readable new novel about star-crossed Russian agent Dominika Egorova and CIA's Nate Nash in a desperate race to the finish. 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... Just as fast-paced, heart-pounding, and action-packed as Red Sparrow, Jason Matthews's second novel confirms he is "an insider's insider...and a masterful storyteller" (Vince Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author)"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Palace of Treason: A Novel
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It has been about eight years since Jason Matthews “The Red Sparrow” (RS) was published with some fanfare. I read it early on and liked it, but not enough to rush out and buy the second book of the trilogy when it was introduced. During the pandemic year three events related to RS occurred and as a result I decided to read #2, “Palace of Treason” (PT). First I finally began to notice trailers and ads for the movie version of RS, starring Jennifer Lawrence. Very appealing, glossy, eye-catching. The, Matthews passed away as the result of illness. The obits were very complimentary of his writing career and dwelt considerably on his years as a CIA agent; I had under-rated him. I decided to watch the movie RS and liked it, particularly the scenery, the leading actress, and the plot. While it occasionally fell back and relied a bit too much on the current popular millisecond action scenes, it did so with a frequency barely tolerable to a 70+ year old. I did not care at all for the casting of the leading man who all too often appeared to be coming off a week-end drinking binge, but it not deter me from my decision.

PT is too long, by at least 150 pages. But there is a lot of good spy stuff here. Matthews has clearly injected the basic plot with a lot of genuine CIA action, particularly training to recognize tailing by a team of 20+ agents. Some of it is predictable, and there seems to be too many missions that get fouled up at a critical moment. The basic storyline is that he is an agent for the CIA and she is an agent for the Russians. He “turns” her, or does he? She comes under suspicion by Putin and other Ruskie bad guys, but manages to convince the “red (pun) team” that she is loyal to Mother Russia….more than once. It’s interesting to me that the author manages to weave this basic plot through more than one book, though it really started to feel a tad old by the end of PT. And the author did seem to have painted himself into a corner 100 pages or so from the end of PT such that there was only one possible climax.

This is a 3 ½, not a 4 star. And Matthews was a good solid spy fiction writer, not quite a Deighton, LeCarre, or Littell but close. Will I read #3, “The Kremlin Candidate”? I don’t know. ( )
  maneekuhi | May 24, 2021 |
Good spy novel and sequel to "Red Sparrow" - however, I felt the characters were too black/white: Russians were either good-natured (very few) or evil and/or corrupt (most of them). In contrast, American characters were either honest and good (most of them) or stupid/bumbling (very few; note: not evil). In retrospect, this may have been a flaw in the first book too, and maybe I didn't pick it up.
That said, the book advances the development of the two main characters and sets up the third book well. It's entertaining and engrossing and again delves into the "tradecraft" of spying. I would recommend reading this book if you read the first book in the series (Red Sparrow) and liked it; if you haven't read that, you should definitely give "Red Sparrow" a try. ( )
1 ääni kapilgupta | Dec 14, 2020 |
These first two of the trilogy really aren't bad books, but the cliched, chauvinistic stuff is really, really dated. However, the plots are extremely complicated with added complications, so I get pretty well stuck half way in wholly interested to see how it all turns out. They do get pretty engrossing and fast-paced. And, a tremendous amount of tradecraft. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
I liked the first book in the series. This one I found hard to get into. But once I allowed myself to buy into the story, it flew along. (With a little editing it could still have flown faster.) I think it lacks the verisimilitude of the first book, and the sex scenes—even one involving Dominika and President Putin—are a bit much. ( )
  breic | Jan 5, 2019 |
The Palace of Treason, Jason Matthews-author; Jeremy Bobb- narrator

The Palace of Treason is the second book in a series of three that the author has written about espionage, the type of espionage that could very well be taking place today, in the real world, since the United States and Russia are actively engaged in spying on each other all of the time.

Dominika Egorova has risen up the ranks in the Russian Intelligence Service. Her life and limb have often been threatened, but even as others are gravely injured and die, she seems miraculously to survive each time. She rises to fight for what she believes in for another day. Trained as a Sparrow, she uses her feminine wiles to get information from susceptible dupes.

Her handler and sometimes lover is Nate Nash who works for the American Intelligence Service known as the CIA. The agents in the service are dedicated to keeping Captain Egorova alive, for Diva is a double agent, also working for the CIA. Even as she rose to the rank of Captain, in Russia, obtaining her own division to run, and becoming a valuable asset to Putin, she continued to pass information in and out of Russia. The CIA is determined to protect her, as they protect the life of each agent they use in their efforts to keep America safe. The agent’s life is sacrosanct to them.

Dominika uncovers information that is extremely valuable to the security of the United States. Using a system that enables the safe transfer of secrets in and out of Russia, she is able to warn them of upcoming dangers. She learns that Iran, with Russia’s help, is secretly planning to develop weapons grade uranium in a facility hidden from the UN watchdogs. Using the skills she learned in Sparrow school, she develops a relationship with Yevgeny, the man who is the right hand of her archenemy, Zugurov, her irrational and vicious boss who is bent on eliminating her from the picture since she presents a severe danger to his dreams of success. She keeps besting him at his own game, and thus, she has caught the eye of Putin. Zugurov's right hand man, Yevgeny, whispers secrets to her during their lovemaking, sessions, secrets that Zugurov keeps from her to prevent her from achieving further success in the spy game. Through Yevgeny, she learns that there is a mole in the CIA, a mole named Triton, a traitor who intends to reveal her identity along with other valuable government documents.

There is a great deal of action and intrigue as the story travels through parts of the United States, Russia and Europe. There are spies everywhere, but the Russian spies, in particular, seem to be particularly brutal, defying age old unwritten rules that were supposed to keep them from deliberately harming diplomats. They engage in extremely violent methods to root out information from the foreign agents, methods of torture that sicken those that have to witness and/or carry them out for the monsters that order them to do so.

The first book was a bit better than this one. It seemed to proceed more smoothly. Additionally, it didn’t contain as many unnecessary prurient references, even with the chapters about the training at Sparrow school. The recipes continue and they break up the tension that the story creates. The narrator does an admirable job interpreting each character and they are easily discernible throughout the novel. ( )
  thewanderingjew | Sep 25, 2018 |
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"From the bestselling, Edgar Award-winning author of the "terrifically good" (The New York Times) Red Sparrow, a compulsively readable new novel about star-crossed Russian agent Dominika Egorova and CIA's Nate Nash in a desperate race to the finish. 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... Just as fast-paced, heart-pounding, and action-packed as Red Sparrow, Jason Matthews's second novel confirms he is "an insider's insider...and a masterful storyteller" (Vince Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author)"--

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