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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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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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Poorly written and sexist. Different author?

Where do I start with this book? I was looking forward to it, but it was honestly like it was either written by a bad ghost writer, or the author simply stopped caring and just wanted it over with. The inconsistencies (like Nate’s aura changing colours) aside, the complete change in personalities and total utter abandonment of all the trade craft so meticulously described in previous books was completely unbelievable. The author also sounds like he swallowed a thesaurus, I actually started laughing at the dialogue. Was the editor asleep at the wheel?

The author is repulsive in the way he describes women. Women are either sex objects or asexual, no in between. In one scene the author literally describes a highly intelligent, successful woman as nothin more than “shoes and a dress.” Nate of course has to have sex with literally Every. Single. Female. He works with. God forbid he actually be professional.

The ending was an abomination. I’m not against unhappy endings but this was the most ridiculous, unrealistic ending. Please don’t waste your time.

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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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3rd book sadly not up to scratch

I was irritated by the story in this the 3rd book in the series. It was like there was a new writer. I was dross every time I was reminded about the facts from previous book. It was too often. Endless talk in this book about Deva’s chest and physical attributes.
I listened to all 3 books, one after the other. Sadly this was disappointing.
Voice and I performance good.

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Not bad. But not a 10.

Story was good. Was a few things that were a bit unbelievable though and the reading of the recipes was really annoying!
If the recipes annoy you too I found that skipping to the next chapter works as the recipes are read at the end of each chapter.
I did feel like I connected with the characters. The narration was also very good.
Also just for your information Mr Author, the Australian abbreviation 'FIGJAM' actually stands for 'F#*k I'm Good Just Ask Me'. It's the word Good not Great! No one says F#*k I'm Great! They say F#*k I'm Good. 👍

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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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  • kathryn
  • 07-08-2018

amazing

very good plot. kept me gripped until the end. I'm sad I've finished the trilogy.

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  • Sarah Wishart
  • 04-08-2018

Exceptional

an exceptional trilogy, thoroughly enjoyed it, gripping and intriguing from start to finish. highly recommended

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  • Lin Becker
  • 02-08-2018

Extremely enjoyable and satisfying trilogy

The final book in the trilogy is very well written with well developed characters that one has come to know and support. The narrative moves along at a nice pace and complex sub-plots. I particularly enjoyed the introduction of Agnes, the Polish-American spy and her interaction with Dominika, now the Director of SVR. The ending was very satisfying because I didn’t see it coming. I will miss these characters unless Jason Matthews changes his mind and writes another novel.

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  • mr i m gerrard
  • 24-07-2018

Gripping to the last page.

Fantastic trilogy, gripping, funny and great recipes after every chapter. Highly recommended and looking forward to the next one.

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  • Kemi
  • 15-07-2018

It's Ok

Its ok-ish as a conclusion but it wasn't as thrilling as the first two. I guess it may have been because I new it was the last in the current series. I listened to it because I needed to complete the trilogy.

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  • R. BARBER
  • 01-07-2018

Too many flaws, to be plausible

as the book went on it, it became more and more implausible, which was disappointing. The recipes in a book can be ignored, not in an audiobook....

still well told and if you suspend logic is a good yarn

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  • Nick Anderson
  • 21-06-2018

amazing!!

absolutely loved all 3 books in this trilogy and was disappointed to finish them... I want a 4th book!!

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  • Nic78
  • 17-06-2018

Thoroughly enjoyable

A good story and flowed well from previous books. Loved the character tonalities used by Jason.