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The pulse-pounding sequel to the best-selling, Edgar Award-winning Red Sparrow that The New York Times Book Review called "terrifically good": Star-crossed spies Dominika Egorova and CIA agent Nate Nash return in a cat-and-mouse race to the finish.
Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow and the Center, the headquarters of her service. She finds things worse than when she left. She despises the men she must serve, 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 in one of the tsar's palaces. Complicating the risks is the fact that Dominika is in love with her CIA handler, Nate Nash, and their lust is as dangerous to both of them 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. She must face off alone against her psycho boss, who's got an eight-inch knife up his sleeve.
Just as fast paced, heart pounding, and action packed as Red Sparrow, Jason Matthews' second novel proves he is "an insider's insider and a masterful storyteller" (Vince Flynn, number-one New York Times best-selling author).
©2015 Jason Matthews (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
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4 out of 5 stars
By Bruce P. Woodward on 10-23-16

Narrator's inconsistency

Would you listen to Palace of Treason again? Why?

No, but I never listen to any book a second time. When I know the plot and how it ends I just can't get into going through it again.

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How come the narrator pronounced one of the main character's name in the first book (Red Sparrow) one way which seemed much more Russian than he did in this book. Drove me nuts and just can't fathom why.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael Barach on 11-28-15

Outstanding second novel that builds on his first

Would you listen to Palace of Treason again? Why?

Jason Matthews' prose is at times almost poetic. He strings beautiful words around compelling characters with plots that wrap ever tighter. This second novel is even better than his first, Red Sparrow, and Jeremy Bobb's narration continues to be outstanding. Mr. Matthews has built a terrific franchise with this cast of characters, and I look forward to consuming anything else he publishes. The combination of outstanding writing around the classic spy genre provides great pleasure.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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