The Kremlin's Candidate by Jason Matthews

The Kremlin's Candidate

By Jason Matthews

  • Release Date: 2018-02-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 201 Ratings
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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.


  • 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!
  • Awesome!

    By corydandrews
    I loved it, I hope he writes another series!
  • Kremlin’s Candidate

    By Super Clock
    Fast moving. Kept the reader’s interest, thus, had a hard time putting the book down. Recommend reading the first two novel prior to this book. When will his next book or trilogy become available.
  • Great book but...

    By ericandi
    SPOILER ALERT; Once again a fantastic book but the horribly tragic ending was far too much to bear. There was no need end the book like that. I would have given it 5 stars if it weren’t for the terrible ending.
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    By hjejruxuz
  • Good read. But!!!!!!

    By Tpr2
    The book is a good read the only problem that I have with it is that the author need to improve in detailing when he describes the love making scene. I had a hard time figuring out what he was talking about. Either he wanted to keep the book G-rated or that he knows nothing about having sex .