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The Kremlin's Candidate

Red Sparrow Trilogy, Book 3
Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (245 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Is Moscow pulling the strings? Urgent, topical and shot through with insider knowledge, this is thriller writing on a grand scale. 

Russian counterintelligence chief Colonel Dominika Egorova has been a recruited asset of the CIA - stealing Kremlin secrets for her handler, Nate Nash - for over seven years. In the dazzling finale of the Red Sparrow trilogy, their forbidden and tumultuous love affair continues, mortally dangerous for them both but irresistible. 

In Washington, a newly installed administration is selecting its cabinet members. Dominika hears whispers of a closely held Kremlin operation to place a mole in a high intelligence position. If the Kremlin's candidate is confirmed, the Russians will have access to all the names of assets spying for the CIA in Moscow, including Dominika's. 

Dominika recklessly immerses herself in the palace intrigues of the Kremlin, searching for the mole's identity and stealing as many of President Putin's secrets for her CIA handlers as she can before her time runs out. 

With a plot ripped from tomorrow's headlines, The Kremlin's Candidate is a riveting listen and a thrilling conclusion to the trilogy that began with Red Sparrow and Palace of Treason

©2018 Jason Matthews (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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So sad it's over!

The third book was as good as the first two. Why a trilogy? This story could go on with more adventures. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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Incredible

An incredibly well written trilogy. The story line, the journey, the attention to detail, the recipes. I have a massive void in my life now.

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Comments from the couch 🛋

I’ve listened to all three books and have ( obviously) enjoyed them all. Have even tried a few of the recipes 😂

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rollicking good story with much to ponder

Meaty, well researched and engaging..it really makes you wonder if we humans ever learn from our past

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Read all 3 !

Started with the first book then had to find the next 2 !! Loved the characters! Worth it!

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Does not disappoint

I love this series, well written, well narrated... I did not want it to end!

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good read

the follow on from the previous two book was excellent thoroughly enjoyed the journey. this third book is read by someone who doesnt know how to pronounce some basic English words. clearly the producers have the same difficulty as they would have picked it up and presumably corrected them. the Australian accent was a little too bogan.

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great listen

The book was well read, much better performance than book #2. captivating story, bloody awesome!

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Fascinating and horrifying.

Brilliant trilogy. Keeps the listener on a tight string with unexpected turns and twists. Close to my imagined reality of the world of spies. Enjoyed both narrators.

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Great Read

Loved this final chapter. Can't wait for the movie sequals. Excellent story of spies love and espionage.

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  • John
  • 09-10-2018

Annoying gimmick

Inserting a recipe at the end of each chapter is an annoying gimmick made worse listening to the audio book. Spoiled the whole book

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  • Safjoe
  • 29-07-2018

Brilliant writing craft!

A fitting end to a great trilogy. Sad ending but such is the nature of the fiction and the not so fictional, real world reality, that the entire story is modelled on. I look forward to day I get to meet my own blue eyed dancer with planetary resolve, animal intentions, an almost imperceptible limp, and warm hearted obsession. Dominika was indeed a lovely character to get to know.

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  • Julian
  • 21-05-2018

Recipes are not necessary!

Great book, great story, great characters!! BUT, completely irrelevant recipes are not needed; especially when they dont even include quantities or any really meaningful cooking instructions.

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  • Marisia Robus
  • 07-04-2018

Stunning conclusion to the trilogy

There were some aspects that were too similar to the other 2 books, like her wanting to get the Sparrow out but the Sparrow being murdered ..... again?
The end was very sad, but good book overall.
At least the narrator is good

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  • I. A. Wright
  • 10-03-2018

Needs a better reader

What did you like most about The Kremlin's Candidate?

Good, interesting story.

What did you like best about this story?

Mostly gripping, with fewer detailed sex scenes than in the previous two books, which seemed like simple padding.

How could the performance have been better?

A better reader who understands how not to maintain a boring tone and how to pronounce borrowed foreign words.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

She's a killer who loves her country enough to betray its government.

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  • John 04
  • 10-04-2018

Best of the series.

The series has grown as you engaged with the characters. Really impressed with the tradecraft.

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  • Buyergalore
  • 14-02-2019

Brilliant

Please please ditch the recipes. Such a waste of time and space. Awful idea honestly.

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  • T.
  • 23-01-2019

Brilliant

I was intrigued by red sparrow,so I read book two and three. So good is the story and it’s reading that I’m disappointed it’s over. The Kremlins candidate leaves you wanting more, I’ve recommended it to friends who also love it.

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  • Alan in Europe
  • 04-01-2019

Good story, extremely irritating narrator

I liked the story but gave up on the narrator after two hours and returned to my Kindle. I have persevered with other narrators in the past but I could not handle this one despite the many five star reviews. Perhaps to American ear Jeremy Bobb is fine but I found his delivery mechanical and monotonous and his pronunciation of Russian names and words extremely annoying. I have lived in Russia and this murdering of the beautiful language in tolerable.

That being said the novel's plotting is intricate and intriguing and the author knows how to inform and maintain suspense. Although the characters were somewhat stereotyped and Vladimir Putin portrayed as a simple bad guy this did not overly detract from the overall pleasure.

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  • catherine kerr
  • 17-12-2018

Wonderful

My tears are falling.... the characters are so real. I have listened to all three books and would highly recommend them all.

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  • darren
  • 10-12-2018

Wow!

What a trilogy, all three books were exceptional, kept me hooked all the way, would recommend to anyone who enjoys a great thriller, just a shame it finished.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-12-2018

Engaging till the end

From the very first book I was amazed to learn how many gripping turns a story can have. The main characters are very well developed , true to their core and shine light on the story from all sides. I can recommend this book. Especially the reader , Jeremy Bobb, does a fantastic job. His voice matches the vibe of the story.

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  • Triathelite
  • 15-11-2018

Straight from the headlines...

A fantastic final book to the best trilogy I’ve read in some time.
Tense, twisted. Fantastic fiction woven around espionage in a way that just could be true.

Bitter sweet but can not fault this or its predecessors.

5 Stars.

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  • Inventor
  • 08-11-2018

Best of this great series by far.

Red Sparrow (book 1) introduced the main characters and had a pretty strong story (if you can, as I have, ignore the awful, shallow and inaccurate movie rendition of it). The second book? Meh. Decent story but I couldn’t get past the reader on Audible, just disappointing with poor pronunciation and ludicrous character voices. The Kremlin’s Candidate sees a return to a great reader with the gravitas necessary to carry this story. The plot goes far beyond either of the earlier two books, taking us deeper into the layers of distrust and betrayal on both sides of the new Cold War. Not to mention the consequences that await officers who fall foul of their counterparts- or even their colleagues. Read them all, but if you’re in a dip by the middle of book two, know that there’s much better in store in this book. And did I mention? Leave the movie alone. It’s not a patch on the book.