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Palace of Treason

(Red Sparrow Trilogy #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  16,435 ratings  ·  1,178 reviews
Red Sparrow is now a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton!

The thrilling sequel to Red Sparrow—CIA insider Jason Matthews’s compulsively readable New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner—featuring Russian spy Dominika Egorova and CIA agent Nate Nash “shimmers with authenticity. The villains are richly drawn...the scenes of them on the job are beyon
Audiobook, 448 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Simon Schuster Audio
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June Not necessary. Palace of Treason inducts a character or plot line with brief background to avoid ambiguity, which can be redundant for ones who…moreNot necessary. Palace of Treason inducts a character or plot line with brief background to avoid ambiguity, which can be redundant for ones who already read Red Sparrow.(less)
LeAnne: GeezerMom Still on the second book and am treating it as 'commercial fiction' as the whole aura thing, the humor, sex, and action aren't exactly literary. But…moreStill on the second book and am treating it as 'commercial fiction' as the whole aura thing, the humor, sex, and action aren't exactly literary. But as for the accuracy of the various ops, this writer seems to pull out his inside knowledge. I'm on the section about the seismic flooring in the Iranian uranium enrichment plant - the details are spot on!

As for the earlier comment about the Syrian civil war, yes - it did start in 2011, but there was a build up of tension tied to a giant influx of new people into the area that started in 2001. The trigger was pulled in 2011, you're correct, but the barrel started being built a decade earlier. This writer is pretty accurate about everything but the silly auras.

This image of the timeline might help.
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I'm going to do a spoiler tag for info on the Book of the month club stuff, which is where I got this book.

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Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Having taken the time to check out this interesting espionage series, I am intrigued to see where Jason Matthews intends on taking things with Nate and Dominika. He does not disappoint in this middle novel, the true ‘meat’ of the trilogy. After a harrowing end to the first novel, Dominika is back in Russia, working hard for the SVR and helping to run a discrete but highly important mission. Using a ‘Sparrow’ under her, Dominika is able to obtain top secret Iranian nuclear documents from a high-r ...more
Jul 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?

This book follows the first in the series, Red Sparrow, which was a superbly realistic, fast paced thriller of U.S./Russia espionage, outstanding for a debut. Unfortunately here, overshadowing a somewhat intriguing and suspenseful plot is the author's adoption of highly annoying and lazy literary crutches, apparently for the sake of expedience.

#1: The talking ghosts of dead former associates (a gaggle of 3 now) who follow and talk to the U.S.'s female Russian
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-4
In this sequel to “Red Sparrow” Dominica is back in Mother Russia, trying to keep her head above water, spying for the Americans, while Nate Nash, her handler and former lover has no idea what has become of her. A new source is developed for the Russians, and suddenly, both Russian intelligence and the CIA are clambering to get their hands on the information about a secret nuclear program in the making.

This series is so amazingly written. The details and depth of knowledge in the spy
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost 2 years ago to the day, Jason Matthews unleashed Red Sparrow on the world. It was a fantastic spy thriller that evoked all the drama, intrigue, and mystery of the cold war classics - updated with a contemporary flair for sex, violence, and politics. It was a unique read, but also a refreshing reminder of what the genre used to be all about.

I am pleased to say Palace of Treason actually improves upon the first. It still has the feel of a cold war thriller - equal parts John le
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
An excellent sequel to Red Sparrow by CIA insider Jason Matthews. Russian spy Dominika Egarova is back at work in Moscow working for the CIA's Nate Nash, working to undermine the usurper, Putin. Meanwhile, there are moles in both countries trying to out the opposition's assets as well as thwart Iran's desire to build nuclear weapons. The biggest battle is between Egarova and her psychotic boss, who has worked his way up from being a torture specialist at Lubyanka prison. Good and mounting suspense, wit ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Palace of Treason” is the second book in the highly regarded Red Sparrow spy and espionage trilogy by Jason Matthews, a retired officer of the CIA’s Operations Directorate. He completed the trilogy earlier this year along with the release of the first one as a major Hollywood movie with Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton in the lead roles. I read the first book about a month or so ago, letting it linger in my memory until I was ready to jump back in with my full attention. Let me say, the firs ...more
LeAnne: GeezerMom
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn't want the skinny on what makes Putin tick? This commercial spy novel is excellent in its touch on contemporary issues. I was reading a section one evening where the US had convinced an Iranian physicist to leak important details about a new and vastly superior centrifuge system which would speed up production of uranium enrichment. They used blackmail to hasten his decision-making along, and that technique along with others in the preceding novel in the trilogy seemed extremely believ ...more
kartik narayanan
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the review of the Red Sparrow Trilogy at my blog

I had a blast reading Palace of Treason. It has everything you need from a spy thriller - sex, violence, mind games and betrayals; with the same authenticity as Red Sparrow.

There is a main plot but it is for name's sake. It takes back seat to the shenanigans of the returning characters from Red Sparrow - Dominika, Nate, Benford, Zyuganov etc. And Putin plays a bigger part in this story. This cast of characters is excellent and
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This book wasn't as satisfying as Red Sparrow, and probably partly because of the audio format, I was ready for it to be over before it was.

The good parts - Putin as a character is fantastic and complex and probably the best part of the novel. As Domenika finds success in uncovering traitors, she gets pulled closer into his circle at the same time that someone is trying to uncover her double work.

I really like the auras and ghosts, although it's a bit uneven because Domenika seem
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Without a doubt, the Red Sparrow Trilogy is one of the most exciting set of spy thrillers I have ever read. I happily finished The Red Sparrow and moved onto Palace of Treason, to see where the action takes us next. I do not think Palace of Treason can be read as a standalone. The beauty of these books is the growth in the writing and the character development. The books transition easily from one to the next.

For those of you not in the know, the Red Sparrow Trilogy follows CIA asset
Otis Chandler
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Otis by: Elizabeth
Shelves: fiction, thriller, spy, russia
Another fast paced thriller that I couldn’t put down. Matthews takes the story of Nate and Dominika even further and to places I couldn’t have predicted. As with the first Red Sparrow, book two feels like an insight into what spy craft must really be like.

I found it very interesting to learn more about the types of reasons that traitors justify their treason. There were people like LYRIC who loves his country but thinks those running it deserve to fall. People like TRITON who are fru
Jul 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Is it possible that the author just described a person with dark skin as like an orangutan? I must have misread that - it couldn't be right. And that the character representing the purest of evil is a "dwarf," referred to throughout the book as "the dwarf"?

I stopped about a third of the way through this novel, disgusted with the stereotypes such as the ones above, and annoyed with the simplistic "Americans good" "Russians bad" formula. Additionally, the character development, which had been rel
Steven Z.
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those who enjoyed Jason Matthew’s first espionage thriller, RED SPARROW, his second venture in this genre is as exceptional as the first. Matthews, a veteran of thirty three years in the CIA as a Chief of Station, a clandestine operative collecting national intelligence, a recruiter in many dangerous regions of the world, and many other roles has overcome the problem of following a successful first novel, with a second, PALACE OF TREASON, that in many ways is more interesting and presented i ...more
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two years ago I named Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews my favorite book of the year. I am naming Palace of Treason my favorite book of this year. As much as I loved RS I love PoT even more. Lots of sex, violence, gore and characters that you care about. I highly recommend to anyone who loves a great spy vs spy novel but you absolutely have to read Red Sparrow first . 5 Stars
Harry Casey
I was disappointed in this book. It is nowhere near as compelling as Red Sparrow, which I liked a lot. There are too many characters to keep up with and too many inane situations. The continuous confrontations are infantile. Also, Mr. Matthews seems to believe that everyone who is short of stature is evil, while those who are tall and beautiful are our saviors. Enough with the stereotypes PLEASE.
“Dvorets v Izmene,” said Dominika under her breath.
Benford looked over at Nate, one eyebrow raised.
“Palace of Treason,” Nate said.
“Works for me,” said Gable.”

Palace of Treason, the thrilling follow up to Red Sparrow, places Captain Dominika Egorova in a place both advantageous and dangerous. She’s in a position of great importance within Moscow and is able to provide vital intelligence to the CIA, however, she isn’t beloved by all and a few alarming individuals suspect her of wrongd
Selina Kyle
This novel was addictive.

It lacks the soul-crushing insights that I have come to associate with spy novels that are written by former spies, but what Matthews doesn't share emotionally he makes up for with a broad view of life in Counterintelligence.

A completely unique addition to the chapters of this book are recipes for the various things the characters eat throughout the book. It adds an extra cultural layer to the background by really giving you an idea of what a room would smell like if you were eatin
Jennifer Rayment
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Gab
Michael Martz
Red Sparrow was a great debut for Jason Matthews, and Palace of Treason is even better. It's well-written, fast-paced, and the 'tradecraft' descriptions are fabulous. As a long-time spy novel aficionado, I've not been this excited about a new writer in the genre since I don't know when. Matthews is excellent and I cannot wait for the next installment in his series.

Although there's an incredible amount of action in this story, the characters are so well developed that it's not challen
May 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This an abandoned book -- despite my long held tradition that keeps me committed to give a chance to the entirety of the written work. In my view, there are great books, which are sui generis and therefore rare, and books great at doing what they set out to do, which are mostly genre books. If a book can distinguish itself in its given genre by a good yarn well told, then, it can be a great book. Just look at some of Le Carre's spy novels. But this spy story, even while having all the right elem ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star-books
If Red Sparrow was gripping then I've no words to describe Palace of Treason. What I'm sure of is that it was indeed an emotional roller coaster.
Packed with action, violence and sex, the book is detailed and realistic and I'm fascinated by the espionage world and how much Matthews knows and probably has gone through himself.
I'm really looking forward to the final installment, although saying goodbye to Dominika will be extremelly hard, as I've grown to love her very much.
Lee Mills
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Red Sparrow, but I REALLY loved Palace of Treason! From the first page the book took me on a roller coaster ride, and I was so sad when it was over. Great character development and the twists and turns could only have been written by someone who has been there. I look forward to the next installment.
Another pulse-pounding read filled with double-crosses, romance and treachery.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

DNF at about 25%

I really enjoyed the first book and was looking forward to this one as well. As you can probably tell by my DNF, book 2 was a fail for me.

What were the problems?


Well, in book 1, there was a lot of politics that was kind of beyond me, or at least that I kind of zoned out of, but it wasn't so much that I couldn't follow the story and I still enjoyed it. This one was even worse. I was drowning in politics and I lost inte
RoseMary Achey
If you are looking for a great contemporary spy novel Palace of Treason will fit the bill! A beautiful female Soviet spy is turned by the CIA and begins the dangerous job of reporting on Soviet/Iran nuclear plans. Very timely!
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-thriller
The Palace of Treason ( 2015) [named for the Kremlin] is Jason Matthews’ second novel, following his very successful Red Sparrow (2014, see review). Matthews is a retired CIA station chief and his exceptional knowledge of the espionage culture and of tradecraft makes his books remarkably credible and educational. This spy thriller is long for the genre—almost 500 pages—but it rolls along well.

Dominika Egorova is a Captain in the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). The protagonist in Red Sparrow, D
Schuyler Wallace

Jason Matthews is a master at concocting intriguing spy stories. His new novel, “Palace of Intrigue,” continues the adventures of Dominika Egorova and Nathaniel Nash who were introduced to readers in his Edgar Award winning “Red Sparrow.” This book is a stand-alone story of current international political events presented in totally believable prose by someone who’s been there.

Matthews, a retired CIA officer, with over thirty years of clandestine prowling around the world of international intel
Robert Intriago
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, espionage
A great follow through to his debut novel. It has been a long time since somebody has written a couple of novels that brought the “Cold War” espionage genre alive. Tom Clancy did with his original Jack Ryan novels but they tended to be on the armament side of the ledger. LeCarre was masterful at his trade craft and Fleming was superb at the sex and action. Mr. Mathews combines a little of all three but I think the tradecraft is above anything that I have read before. His ability to navigate the ...more
Things really got messy for Dominika in this one. She really walked a fine line with her colleagues in Russia. Part of me likes that she is now a favorite of Putin, but another part thinks this makes things so much more dangerous for her. I was so grossed out the by night visit and what he asked of her. The reward for a job well done will definitely make things interesting going forward for Dominika and working for the Americans.

Nate drove me nuts in this one. I didn't care for the c
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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 agains

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Red Sparrow Trilogy (3 books)
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  • The Kremlin's Candidate (Red Sparrow Trilogy, #3)
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