- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 22 hours and 42 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 27, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J4X5TKA
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I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller Audiobook – Unabridged
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I appreciate when a debut author spends the time to fully develop characters instead of rushing from one action scene to the next. However, there is a fine line between "character development" and over-prodding. Hayes tip-toed the line a little too much for my taste in that regard, but that's the only reason I can't give this book 5 stars.
That being said, the plot and interwoven storylines were easy to follow. The reader does not get lost in the weeds as Hayes escorts us through the foundation of what will undoubtedly be a lengthy series of novels. His screenwriting background was up-front and center in Pilgrim... which I kind of appreciated. I found his experience with writing for the screen refreshing and, in a way, added to what I was visualizing in my head as I read the story.
First of all, the good things- The story is compelling and hard to put down. The plot is clever and filled with tradecraft. The characters are solid creations and Pilgrim is an excellent thriller hero. What is at stake is certainly great enough to warrant our attention. The problem rests more in the size of the book. This one comes in at almost 700 pages. There are so many side stories and minor plots which do little to add to the current narrative. The redeeming factor is that all of these smaller stories are compelling in their own right. A major problem lies at the conclusion and the technique Pilgrim uses as final leverage. For fear of giving anything away, all that will be said is that the technique is really silly and I wonder if it would have been enough to sway a ruthless killer like Saracen. The bottom line is that this debut effort is well recommended and a perfect summer read.
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