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Palace of Treason

(Red Sparrow Trilogy #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  18,633 ratings  ·  1,297 reviews
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 m
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Scribner
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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 alread…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 a…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
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
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
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 craft is ju
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 Carré, Frede
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 suspen ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“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
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
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 every one of the
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 seems to be the only
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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, Dominika E
Jul 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
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 frustrated with
Steven Z.
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
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 yo
Jennifer Rayment
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 a
“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 wrongdoing. To
Michael Martz
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 challenging to keep
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 04, 2018 added it
Shelves: fiction, russia
Another pulse-pounding read filled with double-crosses, romance and treachery.
Naim Peress
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent follow-up to a great book. Most sequels are duds but not this one. The characters are very interesting (even the dead spirits). Even Vladimir Putin gets a star turn as a key villain. The twisted relationships are very interesting. The love story between Dominika Egorova and Nathaniel Nash grows and matures and starts to have growing pains. Jason Matthews’s prose is also excellent. This book and Red Sparrow (the first book in the series) should be required reading on how to w ...more
Nick Brett
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
So, I Read the previous book “Red Sparrow” and thought it was okay but was immensely irritated by the author’s vanity project of including recipes at the end of each chapter.
Anyway, I picked up Palace of Treason by mistake, I really wasn’t going to bother with the series but somehow I recognised it as an author I knew and a book I hadn’t read so I just got it. And it has sat there for about five years daring me to read it and I’d ignored it until this pandemic pushed me towards reading books I h
Jun 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
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 interest in what was going on. That was the beginnin
RoseMary Achey
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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
Schuyler Wallace
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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 So

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