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I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller Paperback – December 2, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2014: Two men, both attempting to remain invisible to the world around them, are unknowingly at odds. “Pilgrim” is an American intelligence operative who, despite wanting to retire to a “normal” life, stumbles upon the biggest case of his career. His story starts with an unrelated murder in a seedy New York hotel room and quickly escalates to a matter of national security. The events unfold in slow motion, and we see the past and present from both Pilgrim’s perspective and that of his unknown adversary, a man of single-minded devotion and incredible danger. In his debut novel, Hollywood screenwriter and producer Terry Hayes has concocted a riveting 600-page read that is part police procedural, part international spy thriller, and all ready for adaptation. --Robin A. Rothman--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
*Starred Review* It looks like the perfect murder: an unidentifiable victim—a young woman found in a low-rent Manhattan hotel, face down in a bathtub of acid, teeth removed, fingerprints and face gone, and a murder scene devoid of fingerprints, DNA, or any other identifiers. The homicide detective in charge, Ben Bradley, is a long time friend of Pilgrim, a retired CIA operative who has penned a textbook on criminal investigations that the murderer has apparently read. Pilgrim, retired and reclusive, is drawn into the case by Bradley and is quickly in the middle of an international manhunt moving through the United Kingdom, France, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan. This is more than just a murder mystery; there is also a biological threat against the U.S., which ties into the murder. The characters are skillfully brought to life in this action-packed worldwide adventure, and Pilgrim is a quick-witted and thoroughly fascinating protagonist. Growing up as the adopted son in a very wealthy family, he is a brilliant loner recruited by the Division, a top-secret black ops group that is eventually disbanded. His adversary here, another loner, nicknamed Saracen, grew up in Saudi Arabia, where his father was beheaded for criticizing the king; international politics makes for fascinating backstory. The novel is gruesome at times, but none of the violence is gratuitous, and unfortunately, it all feels quite real and believable. Don’t be put off by the length of this book. The story is tightly plotted, and the pages fly by ferociously fast. Simply unputdownable. --Stacy Alesi --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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While on the longer side, once you are in, you will FLY through this novel. Hayes does an excellent job of maintaining and building momentum, while keeping his pacing consistent and even. What I enjoyed most is that Hayes writes for the smart reader - the type of person who doesn't want everything explained but enjoys well-thought out details. With each chapter, you almost feel like part of the story, tagging along on Pilgrim's coattails as he races around the world.
Oh, and the characters! Pilgrim is by far one of the best protagonists I've encountered - clever, witty, self-deprecating, but all in a way that makes you wish you could go grab a drink together.
There is so much that I enjoyed about this novel but don't want to give away.... Needless to say, friends- please go and pick up a copy ASAP so we can discuss.
No idea how I failed to find this book for a year, but it certainly was worth the wait for me. This novel has the makings of everything you want in a spy thriller, except for the last chapter. What a disappointment, but I was able to hold it together.
'I Am Pilgrim' has no rivals. The author, Terry Hayes, writes about a US intelligence agent codenamed Pilgrim, retired from a very secret organization of the CIA. The President has knowledge of this group and not many more. Pilgrim aka several otter names has wiped his history from most documents, and retired at an early age at the top of his game. However, he comes out of the woodwork for a fascinating case that has stumped a colleague, Ben Bradley. Working with all the facilities available to him, we follow Pilgrim's every step, as he tells his story. It is one that stretches the credibility, but at the same time seems quite believable. He also tells the story of a worthy adversary from Saudi Arabia, named Saracen. He has quite a history that we become privy to, and we follow him as he becomes a jihadist doctor. His goal is to bring down his mortal enemy, the US, and his plan is so intricate and so well planned we can only admire him.
The author has given Pilgrim quite a background, and as an agent he is at the top of the heap. Pilgrim is capable of great cruelty, but he gains our empathy because of his extreme loyalty to his country. He is known as the best in the world, and that may be true. We learn all about how the US works in our secret society, and not all is complimentary. This is such a well,written novel, I was completely captivated.
Recommended. prisrob 10-10-14