The Kremlin's Candidate - Jason Matthews

The Kremlin's Candidate

By Jason Matthews

  • Release Date: 2018-02-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
The Kremlin's Candidate book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 331 Ratings)

The Kremlin's Candidate Jason Matthews Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Red Sparrow is now a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton!

In the final, thrilling New York Times bestselling installment of the Red Sparrow Trilogy, Russian counterintelligence chief Dominika Egorova and her lover, CIA agent Nate Nash, must find a Russian agent about to be appointed to a very high office in the US government.

With a plot ripped from tomorrow’s headlines, Jason Matthews’s high-powered, seductive third novel not only continues the dangerous entanglements of Dominika and Nate but reveals with chilling authenticity how Russian espionage can place agents in the most sensitive positions of power. The novel opens with Russian president Vladimir Putin planning the covert assassination of a high-ranking US official with the intention of replacing him with a mole whom Russian intelligence has cultivated for more than fifteen years.

Catching wind of this plot, Dominika, Nate, and their CIA colleagues must unmask the traitor before he or she is able to reveal that Dominika has been spying for years on behalf of the CIA. Any leak, any misstep, will expose her as a CIA asset and result in a one-way trip to a Moscow execution cellar. Along the way, Matthews, a thirty-three-year veteran of the CIA and winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, sets vivid, unforgettable scenes in Moscow; Washington, DC; Hong Kong; New York; the Sudan; and Turkey, and introduces two cold-blooded killers: Iosip Blokhin, a brilliant Spetsnaz military officer, and Grace Gao, ravishing Chinese spy, master of Kundalini yoga, and Beijing-trained seductress.

Ultimately, the lines of danger converge on the spectacular billion-dollar presidential palace on the Black Sea during a power weekend with Putin’s inner circle. Does Nate sacrifice himself to save Dominika? Does she forfeit herself to protect Nate? Do they go down together?

This dazzling finale to Jason Matthews’s New York Times bestselling Red Sparrow Trilogy, called “a primer in twenty-first-century spying...terrifically good” (The New York Times Book Review), confirms the critical acclaim he received for the first two novels, praise that compared Matthews to John le Carré and Ian Fleming.

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User reviews about this book

  • Kremlins Candidate

    By Anords
    Loved it. Very compelling, despite some over-the-top moments. Like the first two books of the trilogy, the characters sometimes sound like they’re in Casablanca. Regardless, the plot is great, as are the meticulous details of modern spy-craft, which manage not to bog the story down. Here’s hoping for at least one more book!
  • Addictive nonstop read

    By Dug e dug
    I’ve just found the next Tom Clancy. The trilogy is non stop and unpredictable. The facts and technology blend well into a fantastic read. More,more,more,!!
  • Not up to the first two

    By shefguy
    After two books that detail the strength, smarts, and skill of Dominika, for some strange reason the author decides to treat her exactly like the schlubs she has been fighting up til now. In this book, she is the “busty ballerina” instead of the courageous hero. And there are more pathetic double entendres per page than in a middle school locker room. Did Matthew’s wife write the first two books of the trilogy while he wrote the last?
  • Great trilogy

    By Dancing Girrrl
    I loved this trilogy which was so well written and researched. It was a love story intricately woven in a web of espionage, deceit, international politics and so much more. I loved the romance (and respect) between the main characters. All three books were absolute page turners! If you love a terrific Russian spy novel, this one is it!
  • An excellent trilogy!

    By SBonner
    One of the best of it’s type.
  • The Kremlin’s Candidate

    By SPBerko
    Loved the first 2 books in this trilogy, but not this one. Author had a good story line but ruins it with way to much detail and description.
  • The Kremlin’s Candidate

    By Hula1940
    An exceptionally good read. The story is right on, with writing concise without wasted words. Fast paced and exciting.
  • Not like the first two in the series

    By the_garvers
    This third and last installment of the series about spies Nate and Dominika did not have the humor, dialog or character development strengths of the preceding two books. The plot devolved into a James Bond level of reality, with too numerous to count sex scenes that became tedious. I read the first two books in a couple of days - I forced myself to finish this one in 4 weeks.
  • The Kremlin’s Candidate

    By Artymusician
    Spoiler Alert!! Outstanding book, but not as good to me as the first book in the trilogy. I like happy endings, and while the protagonist will keep on providing intelligence for the US, I would have preferred an ending with Nate and Diva in a fairytale ending of one of her dreams with their children playing in the room. Also the third book of the trilogy seemed too good to be true with perfectly timed Navy seals appearing on the Russian coast. Still loved the books and could not put them down!! Great stories!! Great characters!!
  • Kremlins candidate

    By bytesyze
    Didn’t realize that KC was the 3rd of trilogy until we saw Red sparrow on the big screen. Wife got interested in actually reading RS —- I had read it and Palace of Treason a year ago And had to see how all characters evolved in KC! Not disappointed, another great read!

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