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The Tourist (Milo Weaver) Mass Market Paperback – August 28, 2012
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This impeccably structured novel revolves around Milo Weaver and his battles for identity and meaning within the world of "Tourism". Forget digital cameras and souvenirs, however; Weaver and his colleagues travel the world on behalf of a clandestine US intelligence agency, combatting global organized crime, terrorists and other miscellaneous enemies of the United States. We first meet Weaver as a burned out shell of a man, whose soul is being destroyed by what the job demands of him. Its early pages dart back and forth across a six-year-timespan, introducing us to key characters in the drama to follow, from fellow Tourists to his boss Tom Grainger, from the woman he loves and marries to the woman whose investigation into the death of a hired killer Weaver has been hunting, nicknamed the Tiger, threatens to derail his fragile happiness.
Each of those characters is carefully drawn and feels as vivid and 'real' as does Milo himself in his struggle to extricate himself from a trap to implicate him in murder and treason. Who orchestrates that conspiracy, for what reason and how it is resolved is at the heart of the plot. Steinhauer never strikes a false note in his writing or cuts corners in the intricate plot. Early on, as Milo muses about his profession, "the truth was that intelligence work seldom, if ever, ran in straight lines. Facts accumulated, many of them useless, some connecting and then disconnecting." Steinhauer, however, keeps each fact relevant, and carefully scatters clues to the novel's denouement along the path that the reader will follow.Read more ›
Six years later, Milo is happily married to a woman whose life he saved, with a six year-old stepdaughter who adores him. Though he is no longer a "tourist," he is still working for the CIA, investigating "The Tiger," one of the most vicious killers in the world, an equal-opportunity assassin who has killed, among others, both an influential cleric in the Sudan and the French foreign minister. No one knows for whom he works. When Milo tracks him down, he learns that the Tiger has actually planned their meeting, deliberately leaving a trail for him because he wants to meet him. The Tiger wants Milo to find and kill the man who has commissioned all the international killings--and ultimately, the man who has arranged for the Tiger's own death.
The evolving action reveals much about the internecine squabbles within the CIA, between the CIA and Homeland Security, and between Congressmen and both organizations.Read more ›
People who are drawn to reading this are likely to have read some Le Carre, Ludlum, and even (in the case of the protagonists name, Milo) Kellerman. There is not an once of originality in this dreadful book.
I was coming off reading "The Expats" by Chris Pavone, which while not perfect I enjoyed immensely, so thought I'd stick with the genre for another go around- Fail. I'm really not that critical & generally pretty easy to please, but this really is awful- just don't.
The book often reminded me of the show Burn Notice, when the author would say things such as "when you're a spy you learn to look for the exits when you first enter a building". I even found myself using the Burn Notice character, Michael Weston's voice when reading.
My main criticisms are, too much of the book was simply two people talking to each other, for example during an interrogation, to explain or extend or rehash the plot. By the time you get to the last rehash it becomes just brutal to get through as you are on page 400. The ending was about what you would predict, no surprises, no insight. The last interrogation leading to the ending just seems unrealistic. The main antagonist was able to manipulate everyone yet falls for a simple ploy anyone can see through. The ending is an anti-climax, no climax at all.
I'm sorry, but to compare this to John le Carre, like the cover of the book does, seems more publisher's hype than reality.
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The hall of mirrors explained with reflections upon reflections upon reflections. This author plays the great game with the best of them.Published 22 days ago by skfitzp
Took a few chapters to make this a "do not out down". But it's all worth the wait. Great read.Published 1 month ago by dpitalue
Anyone who like spy novels will love this book. It is just great. Milo Weaver is always surprising the reader. Twists and turns abound.Published 1 month ago by Donald E Slaughter
I will not judge if Olen Steinhauer is equal to John le Carre but the job of a novelist is to keep the reader interested through plot and character development. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is the only Steinhauer novel worth reading. Something happened after this book - his work fell off a cliff. But this one is certainly worth reading. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pino
Not my "cup of tea" so I did not finish it, but am sure others will enjoy it.Published 3 months ago by nancy
I really enjoyed this book. Read all of LeCarre's novels when i was younger, been enjoying Alan Furst more recently. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Benjamin Grant
I personally think this is a great book. I plan on reading it again.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is fairly typical of the spy genre on some dimensions, but not to my taste. Milo Weaver is a tired and beaten personality, who seemed defeated on the very first pages. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JRP51