‘I Am Pilgrim’ by Terry Hayes
It’s not often I open a book review like that but this book deserves it and the hype it’s had up to its release. This is a truly magnificent debut effort, both in terms of quantity (over 800 pages) but also in terms of quality, diversity, intrigue and suspense.
To my mind this is essentially three novels in one, with each having a different writing style, pace and emphasis but each interdependent – it would be impossible to read one without the others. The first introduces the world of international spies and terrorism and provides the initial intrigue. The second fills you in on the background, sets the scene and ramps up the tension. The third puts Pilgrim in the field: fast paced; action packed; with true thriller style.
I usually try to give a short synopsis of the book but I don’t want to spoil it for you and I also think I might fail. It’s too complicated, intriguing, and full of unexpected twists and turns. Suffice to say, if you have even a remote liking for a spy thriller – then read this book.
The principle of this story of spies and world terrorism is not unknown to anyone who has followed even a modicum of the news over the last few years but the details are meticulous, inventive and unique enough to deliver a book worth discussing earnestly over dinner and to start guessing who might play Pilgrim in the film. There will be a film, won’t there? There should be a film. But it would be long one! I hope it is…
Bookshelf Elf says 5 bacon butties and a pot of mayonnaise!
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