This, the second of the Red Sparrow books, continues where the previous one left off, and offers more of the same. It’s written by a former CIA officer, so much of it has the ring of truth — though obviously much of it is made-up nonsense as well. It’s hard to tell sometimes which is which. Violent, sexy, and profoundly hostile to Vladimir Putin, what’s not to like? I look forward to reading the third and final volume in the trilogy.