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The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer
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Jan 05, 2011

really liked it

There have been many espionage thrillers published throughout history, but Olen Steinhauer’s The Tourist stands out of a majority of the crowd to join an impressive company. This novel has a plethora of twists and turns, which is a main staple of the genre, and gains a personal connection to the readers within its main character, Milo Weaver, a former CIA agent that reluctantly gets drawn back into the life he tried to leave behind. Milo does not have James Bond’s suave demeanor or Jason Bourne’s incredible skills, but instead he gives the reader a character one can relate to. He is a scarred man who has traded in his old life for a wife, daughter and normal American home, but is now forced to return. The idea may be a little cliché, but I still found myself fully invested in whether or not Milo lives to return to the life he loved or dies without the chance to say goodbye.

The Tourist’s plot is full of questions, betrayals and twists that leave you unable to put down the book; just when you get a feel for where the story is going, it jerks you completely in the opposite direction and you have to regain a sense of what in the world just happened. Steinhauer does exactly what he set out to do in creating an intense spy thriller that will keep almost anyone in his or her seat until reaching the end of the novel. While he is not quite in the same league as other, more established espionage authors like le Carré, Steinhauer proves to be an effective, skilled author of spy novels.
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