See my #book #review for I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes & discover if you’d like to #read it yourself!

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I Am PilgrimProduct Details: This astonishing debut espionage thriller depicts the collision course between two geniuses, one a tortured hero and one a determined terrorist, in a breakneck story reminiscent of John le Carré and Robert Ludlum at their finest.

PILGRIM is the code name for a world class and legendary secret agent. His adversary is a man known only to the reader as the Saracen. As a young boy, the Saracen barely sees his dissident father beheaded in a Saudi Arabian public square. But the event marks him for life and creates a burning desire to destroy the special relationship between the US and the Kingdom. Everything in the Saracen’s life from this moment forward will be in service to jihad.

At the novel’s opening, we find ourselves in a seedy hotel near Ground Zero. A woman lies face down in a pool of acid, features melted off her face, teeth missing, fingerprints gone. The room has been sprayed down with DNA-eradicating antiseptic spray. All the techniques are pulled directly from Pilgrim’s book, a cult classic of forensic science written under a pen name.

In offering the NYPD some casual assistance with the case, Pilgrim gets pulled back into the intelligence underground. What follows is a thriller that jockeys between astonishingly detailed character study and breakneck globetrotting. The author shifts effortlessly from Pilgrim’s hidden life of leisure in Paris to the Saracen’s squalid warrior life in Afghanistan, from the hallways of an exclusive Swiss bank to the laboratories of a nefarious biotech facility in Syria.

The inevitable encounter between Pilgrim and the Saracen will come in Turkey, around the murder of a wealthy American, in a thrilling, twisting, beautifully orchestrated finale.

Personal Experience: I received this book as a “perk” from Klout several months ago. I have been naughty and didn’t get the review done as quickly as I should have. I’ll explain in a moment.

Political and legal thrillers are not usually my cup o’ tea, so I wasn’t really sure I would get into this book very easily. I had already heard many great things about it, but being a bestseller does not mean that everyone will enjoy it. We all have our favorite genres and storylines that keep us captivated.

With this in mind, I dove into the book on a rare night of peace and quiet. (Hey, both the kiddo and the hubby went to bed early!) I wanted to like it… I really did… so I kept plowing through until I’d gotten in about 50 pages and could take no more. It was slow and skipped around a lot. I was bored and felt like I’d wasted my time. I set the book aside for greener reading pastures and decided this review was probably not going to happen.

Pilgrim and I were not through with each other, though. It waited there on my bookshelf until it drew me back in on a rainy day. I felt an obligation to at least try and finish it to follow through with my review. And, with dread, I picked up the weighty novel once again.

I’m not sure what happened between page 50 and 60 that changed everything, but I got hooked and couldn’t put the book back down. It lay open on the counter as I cooked meals. I read the short chapters during commercials while watching TV with my family. I risked car sickness to read on trips. I needed to know what happened next at every turn of the page.

The synopsis above explains it all as well as I could without giving away details. Let me just say that even if you think you won’t like it or if you’ve stated it and stopped… pick it up and get reading. You won’t be disappointed!

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