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The Travelers: A Novel Paperback – January 10, 2017
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Praise for The Travelers:
New York Post "Best Books of 2016"
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "50 best Books of 2016"
"The Travelers does confirm what Mr. Pavone’s first two books have established: that when it comes to quick-witted, breathless thrillers that trot the globe, his are top-tier."
–Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A Hitchcockian thriller… [Pavone] brings on a full slate of characters, sharply etching their dress, their moves, their motives, all the while evoking the world they occupy."
“Wit, suspense, great scenery, and a cast of dozens propel this well-paced escapade to its (literal) cliff-hanging conclusion; it’s like a “Spy vs. Spy” comic-strip done in 3-D.”
–Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
"Pavone continues his run of smart, elegant thrillers with The Travelers...written with wit and charm as well as satirical brio."
"Pavone established himself as a highly adept weaver of complicated tales of deceit and danger with an international backdrop and a seemingly innocent central character. This latest is his most effective to date."
– Financial Times
“[N]obody brings the human aspect of the spy world into focus better than Pavone, and his stellar writing carries the day.”
“Sneaky, insightful and surprising, Pavone's latest dazzles with its take on modern spycraft, with time for ruminations about the nature of work.”
– Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Another high-octane thriller…with chapters set in Dublin, Iceland, Mendoza and Paris that race along at dizzying speed, this book is all jet, no lag.”
“The Travelers moves at a brisk pace as Pavone ratchets up the action-packed suspense and infuses his plot with a rich view of far-flung exotic locales…With insight and a bit of wry humor, The Travelers will have readers wondering just what does he do all day?
–Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun Sentinel
“The Travelers puts Pavone’s excellent pacing on parade; it’s a fast, fun read, like binge-watching Alias.”
“Acclaimed thriller writer Chris Pavone seems to have another winner with “The Travelers,” a rock ’em-sock ’em adventure that takes readers from New York to exotic locales like Capri, Bordeaux, Paris, London, Argentina, Stockholm, Dublin, Edinburgh and Luxembourg before it comes to a climax in the boondocks of Iceland…The richly complicated plot keeps Rhodes (and readers) guessing until book’s end.”
–St. Louis Post Dispatch
“[One] of the most intelligent thrillers of the year. Engaging, complex, fully fleshed characters with believable backstories and narrative depth and elegance to go along with suspense and derring-do….”
–BOOKLIST, starred review
“With its intricate plot pinballing down dual, occasionally criss-crossing tracks, the story offers plenty of page-turning action in exotic locales…”
"A beautifully executed thriller."
–Shelf Awareness, starred review
“Making subtle commentary in the midst of a beautifully executed thriller and without sacrificing pace has become something of trademark for Pavone, and here he opens the door on the shrinking print journalism industry...Pavone constantly misdirects readers' suspicions until the bloody, adrenaline-soaked conclusion, and his smart maneuvering makes having the rug pulled from under a missed guess almost as fun as getting one right…The hard-earned resolution leaves plenty of openings for the sequel fans will surely demand.”
–Jaclyn Fulwood, Shelf Awareness
“The Travelers combines Pavone’s trademark Swiss-watch plotting with warm and human characters caught up in a deadly scenario that gets plausibly and inevitably more dangerous as each page turns. It’s hard to believe this is only Pavone’s third book – he’s already an automatic must-read for me.”
–LEE CHILD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Make Me
“I love Chris Pavone's writing, it's smart and elegant and brilliantly intertwines intrigue with menace.”
–PETER JAMES, International bestselling author of The House on Cold Hill
About the Author
CHRIS PAVONE is the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats and The Accident. He is the winner of the Edgar and Anthony awards for best first novel. He was a book editor for nearly two decades and lives in New York City with his family.
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I feel that Pavone is capable of so much more than what we're seeing. To date, his only well-fleshed-out character has been Kate in "The Expats", which also offers the only decent plot. I would love to see him put together another story that doesn't read like a "slap it together and get paid" type of effort.
Superficially, the story of Will Rhodes life as a travel writer should zing. He's getting out and about to some really interesting places, after all. But he's basically a lazy slob who is disappointed that he's not lived the wonderful life his imagination laid out for him, but so passive that his lack of self-assessed success is hardly surprising and I just wanted to shake him off the page and get him to do something proactive.
Counterpointing Rhodes' ennui is the mystery of the Travelers magazine itself, and especially his boss as the Grand Poobar of some secret, shadowy dealings or organization or Government Department or some such...it was taking so long to develop that I literally lost interest.
Now despite Pavone writing well, the prose is overwrought in too many places, describing items and events in too much detail and dripping with such ponderous intent that I found myself skipping paragraphs to get to the meat of the story. And yet it's the exact opposite in other places, skipping lively and delicately into Rhodes' emotional state as he falls headlong into lust on one of this trips. But that never made up for the ponderous stuff and my tolerance for that is low so I've given up reading at about the halfway mark.
I'm not sure what exact genre "Travelers" fits into. The Kindle blurb calls it "The pulse-racing international thriller of the year" but it did not set my pulse racing at any point. Rhodes is an anti-hero at best, a sad slob at worst, and just not that compelling to me. His boss seems cut from the era when 'harass' was two words and Rhodes is so disconnected from his wife she may as well be a cardboard cutout. Perhaps everything accelerated the very next page after the one I gave up, but a thriller has to thrill and this had none of that for me.
I still give this four stars because, even though it’s not to my taste, it’s a well written cat and mouse game. The plot is intriguing and I actually think this might make a killer movie.
So what didn’t work for me? First, the present tense writing. While this does tend to make the storytelling more immediate, in this case I didn’t love it. The other thing – and more important thing – is that I don’t sympathize with characters who think with their genitals.
The author does a great job with Will. He’s fully fleshed and well-drawn. And I hated him and really couldn’t care less if he ended up dead, divorced, or both.
The action is good. The plot is both logical and exciting. And the characters – even those I hated – made sense.
The book simply wasn’t for me.