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Urgent, topical and shot through with insider knowledge, the final thriller in the Red Sparrow trilogy is writing on a grand scale. 'Matthews beguilingly blends the fun and sexiness of Ian Fleming with the more procedural, information-rich approach of John le Carre and Frederick Forsyth' Sunday Times 'A provocative and timely novel exploring the notion of Russian influence in the US's corridors of power' Guardian Russian counterintelligence chief Colonel Dominika Egorova has been an asset of the CIA for over seven years. She has also been in a forbidden and tumultuous love affair with her handler Nate Nash, mortally dangerous for them both, but irresistible. In Washington, a newly installed administration is selecting its cabinet members. Dominika hears whispers of a Russian operation to place a mole in a high intelligence position. If the candidate is confirmed, the Kremlin will have access to the identities of CIA assets in Moscow, including Dominika. Dominika recklessly immerses herself in the palace intrigues of the Kremlin, searching for the mole's identity and stealing secrets before her time runs out. With a plot ripped from tomorrow's headlines, The Kremlin's Candidate is a riveting read and a thrilling conclusion to the trilogy than began with Red Sparrow and Palace of Treason.
Although written by an ex-CIA agent with all the right background and knowledge at his fingertips, this sequel to the electric Red Sparrow reads like pure pulp or James Bond on adrenaline, ever courting the bounds of reality in a clever, devious way. The affair between CIA maverick Nate Nash, and trained seductress and now double agent Russian beauty Dominika Egorova continues as they attempt to protect their sources and networks and her own treachery against the ruthless henchmen of the KGB, always barely a step ahead of their cruel adversaries and risking their lives at every turn, even if it means betraying each other. This is a world where love has no place and scruples always have be set aside in the interest of the Great Game of spying. Frantically-paced with chase and action sequences in fifth gear, it’s never less than unputdownable. Some readers might find the recipes at the end of every chapter, as in the initial volume, a pleasant bonus.