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Praise for An American Spy
“Stunning. . .Readers are irresistibly drawn into Weaver's dogged struggle to unravel a complicated game of cat and mouse. . .Steinhauer is at the top of his game—but when isn't he?"
“The action is lickety-split and spiked with exceedingly satisfying spy craft.”
—The New York Times
“Not since Le Carre has a writer so vividly evoked the multilayered, multifaceted, deeply paranoid world of espionage, in which identities and allegiances are malleable and ever shifting, the mirrors of loyalty and betrayal reflecting one another to infinity. In this intensely clever, sometimes baffling book, it’s never quite clear who is manipulating whom, and which side is up."
—The New York Times Book Review
“This ambitious, complex story spans the globe. Even when the intricacies of its plot are most challenging, we are fascinated and swept forward. Steinhauer has been likened to John le Carre and rightly so. Both men carry readers deep into a rival spy agency, one Soviet, one Chinese. . .Zhu may in time be to Weaver what the Soviet spymaster Karla was to le Carre’s George Smiley. Olen Steinhauer’s Milo Weaver novels are must-reads for lovers of the genre.”
—The Washington Post
Praise for The Nearest Exit
“The Nearest Exit [is] a terrific second installment in Olen Steinhauer’s ‘Tourist’ spy series about Milo Weaver, a brooding CIA operative with all the right lone-wolf tendencies. . .Milo’s company is at least as valuable to the series’ appeal as is his flair for international trickery.”
—Janet Maslin, The New York Times (Notable Book of 2010)
“Weaver is the novel’s gem. . .In many ways this is a classic spy novel, but it's Weaver’s angst that lifts the book to a compelling level of freshness.”
“Steinhauer delivers another winner in The Nearest Exit, a spy novel that asks deeper questions about the price we extract from individuals in the pursuit of the so-called greater good and the innocents who become collateral damage. It’s a subject as relevant to a spy within the CIA as it is to any of us: That’s a point that—through the prism of Milo's humanity and the dangerous web in which he finds himself enmeshed—Steinhauer makes abundantly and thrillingly clear.”
—Los Angeles Times
Praise for The Tourist
“Here’s the best spy novel I’ve ever read that wasn’t written by John le Carré. . .It’s a complex story of betrayal anchored by a protagonist who’s as winning as he is wily.”
—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
“Remember John le Carré . . . when he wrote about beaten-down, morally directionless spies? In other words, when he was good? That's how Olen Steinhauer writes in this tale of a world-weary spook who can't escape the old game.”
“The kind of principled hero we long to believe still exists in fiction, if not in life.”
—The New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)
An American Spy is my first read of an Olen Steinhauer book, but the third book in the Milo Weaver series.
The story was a bit convoluted and too much focus was placed on the Chinese characters, however intriguing they may have been.
The book starts off well enough but by the time I had finished the book I had no idea what I had just read.
It was a very enjoyable thriller. Very complicated plot that kept you guessingPublished 1 month ago by yildiz
Milo Weaver (CIA) uncovers a conspiracy that links to the Chinese government (Sam Kuo, Xin Zhu & lots of others). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tony R. Parsons
Great series - I really like the Milo books.
Olen is one of my favorite spy authors.
Good read and catches you from the first chapter.
Intricate plot, even more than the first two volumes. Kept me guessing until the end. All the Chinese stuff was a little tedious at times but totally necessary for the story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Flora
Treachery and double-dealing, an aging, obese Chinese spymaster, moles plus Milo. A terrific end to "tourism". But more to come?Published 3 months ago by Walter P. Roura
A bit slow in beginning but then it exploded. Need to read previous two books to fully understand what us happening in this one.Published 3 months ago by Lorraine