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Red Sparrow by Jason  Matthews
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really liked it
bookshelves: spy-fiction, mystery-thriller
Read 2 times. Last read March 23, 2018 to April 8, 2018.

This book taught me that a spy's life consists mostly of:
- traipsing around foreign cities at all hours of the night;
- eating;
- having amazing sex; and
- more eating.

Kidding aside, this is an entertaining and well-crafted spy novel. Dominika Egorova, a Russian intelligence agent who is also also a synesthete (look it up), is a fascinating character and I enjoyed the opportunity to get inside her head. The plot is satisfyingly twisty and the author's background as a CIA station chief gives an air of authenticity to the tradecraft described in the book, but the sex scenes are straight out of the Middle-Aged White Guy's Fantasy Generator.

The recipes at the end of each chapter are also a nice touch. I really want to try that caviar torte. Looking forward to eventually finishing the trilogy and checking out the film adaptation.

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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
February 4, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
February 4, 2018 – Shelved
March 23, 2018 – Started Reading
April 8, 2018 – Finished Reading
April 9, 2018 – Shelved as: spy-fiction
April 9, 2018 – Shelved as: mystery-thriller

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