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An American Spy (The Tourist #3)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  3,483 Ratings  ·  345 Reviews
In Olen Steinhauer's bestseller The Tourist, reluctant CIA agent Milo Weaver uncovered a conspiracy linking the Chinese government to the highest reaches of the American intelligence community, including his own Department of Tourism---the most clandestine department in the Company. The shocking blowback arrived in the Hammett Award--winning The Nearest Exit when the Depar ...more
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Published March 13th 2012 by Minotaur Books
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Where is Milo?

With the first two books in this series, "The Tourist" and "Nearest Exit", Milo Weaver brilliantly takes center stage as a CIA agent who works for a secret sub-division known as the Department of Tourism. Milo is a different kind of spy, suicidal, smart and sometimes funny in a sad defeated kind of way. He is good at handling his assignments even if it is an an unorthodox fashion. He is given the minimal amount of information on his assignment which make them even more difficult. H
I tried very hard to like this book more than I did, but in the end it was just okay.

The problem was the multiple points of view of the various characters. I typically do not have issues with authors trying to tell a story from different perspectives, but this story got way too convoluted, and that's saying something, in a genre known for convolutions. The double meaning of the title didn't even thrill me.

I have no problem with non linear plots, but Steinhauer's attempt to show the motivations o
switterbug (Betsey)
In Steinhauer’s third installment of CIA double-secret operative Milo Weaver, Milo is cutting his losses due to the violent vanquishing of the Tourist department, and trying to make a go of civilian life. His wife and daughter matter more than his ties to the CIA. His former boss, Alan Drummond, is inconsolable and guilt-stricken. The few Tourists (a liberal euphemism for “trained assassin”) that remain alive are scattered around the globe, and one in particular, Leticia Jones, has enigmatic res ...more
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the "Tourist" series and by far the weakest. Also had a most unsatisfactory ending and when i finished it i could not help but think that the only reason this book was written was to set up the coming sequels.....we deserve better from Steinhauer as he is a much better writer than this. Also not much in this book for fans of Milo.
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steinhauer continues to explore both the mechanics of spy craft and the moral tension inherent in the trade using Milo Weaver as his lens. With this third volume in the series, Weaver is no longer a Tourist but can't escape the gravity of its destruction.

What from so many angles seems like violence and betrayal fueled by revenge turns out to be each side attempting to turn events to their advantage. Steinhauer plays the story out giving the reader the perspective of a number of characters from
Robert French
Rarely do I get an opportunity to read a series in order and at the same time, but was able to check out from the library all three books of Olen Steinhauer' Tourist series at the same time. I enjoyed both The Tourist and The Nearest Exit and was looking forward to An American Spy with anticipation. But, compared to the first two books in this series, "An American Spy" was disappointing. Perhaps it was because I had just gotten home from a visit to the hospital and surgery. The narcotic painkill ...more
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
. . . Ten pages into An American Spy and I was dazed and confused. I pondered how I would ever be able to comment on this book and then it hit me: Olen Steinhauer was leading me through a muddled maze that was carefully constructed to confound me at every corner. The only way I could personally travel through this spy vs. spy story was to passively surrender myself to the action.

I just let it wash over me;

I didn't try to figure it out (it was literally driving the protagonists crazy trying to pi
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I waited so long to read this since I loved the first two books but I was not disappointed. Lots of twists and turn many of which I did not anticipate. Milo Weaver is one of the few agents left alive after the clever master criminal Xin Zhu exterminates his secret group by having the agents kill each other. His former boss Alan Drummond wants revenge and disappears in London while using one of Milo's aliases. It only gets more complicated with many colorful characters. The novel ...more
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Already world-weary, Weaver now has a bullet hole in his gut
“An American Spy,” the third installment involving our principled but reluctant hero Milo Weaver at first seems to lack some of the feints and flourishes that made “The Tourist” and “The Nearest Exit” so compelling.

This time and in the beginning the espionage thriller just doesn’t quite match the craft and subtlety of the previous two. The narrative, a global game of cat-and-mouse, doesn’t really kick in until half-way through. Once it
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, thriller

This is my first visit to this series, but I never felt too ignorant about past books or too overwhelmed by backstory insertions to enjoy this spy novel on its own.

It always seems to me that a spy novel writer has to balance the complexity and layers of his plot with understandability. I can still remember people complaining about "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold" as being too obtuse to figure out, but now that the genre is well established, it probably wouldn't seem so complicated in retrospe
Ellen Keim
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book four stars based on the strength of the series as a whole, but I actually thought this one was the weakest. Or maybe it just had the weakest ending. What puzzles me is why there isn't a fourth book in the series--this one begs for a sequel. I'm not ready to leave Milo Weaver and especially not so up in the air.

However, I still enjoyed the book, if only to see what kind of mess Weaver gets into this time--and of course, how he gets out of it. I was disappointed that he isn't as
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
review for PW:

The start of this fine new thriller, the third to feature Milo Weaver, is convoluted, and those who haven’t read Weaver’s previous outings, The Tourist (2009) and The Nearest Exit (2010), might be a bit at sea. But solid prose and excellent characterizations keep the narrative alive until the plot’s cogs really start to mesh. Weaver is no longer a member of the deeply clandestine CIA’s “Department of Tourism”; in fact, the Department has been shut down, 33 agents have been killed i
Terry Parker
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Won this in one of the giveaways - Never read any of the author's other books, but I think I will have to go back and search them out. A very well paced read.

Good read with action, double-crossing, suspense, second-guessing, triple-crossing, abduction and interrogation, quadruple-crossing, and all sorts of spy stuff. The characters seem pretty real, in actions and reactions. Milo Weaver is a guy that seems so normal that you can't picture him being the key to everything happening. And not readin
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third installment of the Tourist "adventures" is just as complex, thrilling, and detailed as the other two. While Milo is "The" Tourist, an especially secret CIA asset, he's not the only one in these tales.

Early in this book we meet two others, one enemy and one frenemy. Milo doesn't make an appearance until later. But that's o.k. because he might be the least interesting of the folks in this tale.

As with the previous books the plot, motivations, and actions are so complex as to be irrelevan
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was thrilled to receive this book as a Giveaway. I had read the first two and greatly enjoyed them so I was very eager to read Steinhauer’s latest.

In this third installment of the “Tourist” series, we find that, no matter how hard he tries, Milo Weaver cannot lead a normal life. Since the decimation of the former Department of Tourism, a secret CIA-based organization, and a near-fatal attempt on his life, Milo has been looking for a normal life with his wife and daughter.

However, a number of e
Deborah Gray
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've done this backwards. It's the third in a series and I haven't read either of the first two. Although I'm sure I would have benefited from background and character development, I still did not feel a lack of context and was able to fully immerse myself in this story.

It's a complicated spy thriller, where desperate former boss drags CIA trained assassin, Milo Weaver, back into a world he desperately wants to leave, for the sake of his family and his sanity. But ends up drawn in for exactly th
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. I haven't seen or read the first two books in the series and I highly recommend getting caught up as this book references events in the other books often. I had a hard time getting into the book, and honestly probably wouldn't have finished it if I wasn't motivated to write this blurb about it. Towards the middle of the book I was getting it, and everything started to make sense. My overall review is that it was a good book that involved all ...more
Mar 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy-espionage
Obviously if you are reading this you are a fan of Milo Weaver and I cannot imagine reading this book without reading the previous two books in the series. The American Spy picks up directly after the previous book leaves off dealing with the aftermath of the destruction of the Tourism department. The book takes a while to get going as Steinhauer devotes the first 80 pages of the novel to telling the story from the point of view of the Chinese characters who all have similar sounding names which ...more
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This book is the third installment in Olen Steinhausers novels featuring Milo Weaver, the reluctant spy.

I have to admit that I had a hard time getting into this book. I had not read the first two novels in the series, and I felt like I was lost. The novel has many intricacies and is complex enough that you may need some more introduction to the plot line.

The story did pick up steam for me though and despite some of the convoluted nature of the story, I loved the characters and the interesting
Adam Shields
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short review: I really like spy novels. This is the best series of any modern spy novels that I have read. The characters are much more nuanced and believable than the older cold war spy novels, but that also means that the good guys are not as good and the bad guys are not as evil. What many people will not like about this book is the way it deals with time lines. It tells about 1/3 of the story from a single character (not Milo Weaver) then from there flips around to a bunch of different chara ...more
Tom Tischler
After a Chinese Intelligence agent named Xin Zhu's son is killed he
blames the CIA's Bureau of Tourism which is another top secret agency.
He manages to infiltrate the Dept. gaining lntimate knowledge of its
workings and then turns the team of assassins upon each other. 33 are
killed and only 4 are left after this and the Dept. is dismanteled.
The first half of this book is full of Chinese plots and unpronouncable
Chinese names. The second half left me thoroughly confused as to what
did happen. The b
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recién termino de leer el libro. Me gusta la manera en que está narrado, donde te cuenta un suceso en varios capítulos, para luego volver sobre el tema y decir que en ese momento sucedía otra cosa, y así con varios hechos, los cuales se van entretejiendo hasta el final y hasta último momento no sabés bien qué es lo que pasó o está pasando. Mi única crítica es que al comienzo, 1/3 del libro es sobre los chinos, y con el final del segundo libro uno está esperando que aparezca aunque sea algo de Mi ...more
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third book in the Milo Weaver/Department of Tourism series; does help to read them in order as the background for this book starts in "The Tourist", the first in the series. The nefarious doings of the Chinese spymaster Xin Zhu comprise the first part of the book. Just when I was wondering "where's milo", he appears along with the other tourists who survived the bloodbath in "The Nearest Exit". Complex and conflicting story lines wind around and you're not sure who's doing what to whom until the ...more
Eric Pollard
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished An American Spy, Stienhauer's follow-on to The Tourist and The Nearist Exit. What a great set piece!
I approached Milo Weaver, the reluctant protagonist of the three novels, with some reluctance as his story of disaffection is a familiar one, you know, spy gains a conscience and struggles with his chosen profession. For Weaver the struggles run deeper; his trade is an inherited one, or more accurately, a genetic one. Family, deception, and failure are common themes throughout. Th
Kevin Scott
This was tough for me because I think I see what Steinhauer's trying to do--there's a bit of a Rashomonic approach to unwrapping the story, and I appreciate that more once I finish the novel than I did while reading it--but I'm not sure that this one stands up to The Tourist (maybe the best spy novel I have ever read) or the Neasrest Exit. At the same time, I know this is the third in a trilogy and find myself hoping Steinhauer keeps writing Milo Weaver novels (I guess it's a spoiler to say Weav ...more
Mar 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Much anticipated after the other Milo books, and this was a great disappointment. Sad to write that. The writing was dry, dry, dry, did not have a climax as much as a "partial explanation" and if you stick around and finish the book you'll find it really isn't finished, but in the middle of something unfinished. Boo.
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The follow up to "The Tourist" & "The Nearest Exit" as Milo Weaver recovers from wounds & the destruction of the Department of Tourism...Milo is caught up in an off-the-books operation to bring down THE Chinese "spy master"...Very John le Carré-like with all the twists & turns you'd expect...characters, on both side, you can come to admire & sympathize with...GOOD STUFF!!!
Mar 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a more than capable successor to the two previous Milo Weaver novels. There is a good amount of heavy lifting with this one also. Lots of Chinese names. Lots of things going on but moving slowly. I read somewhere that this is the last of the Weaver books. I hope not.
a bit of a slog....I really enjoyed his previous book The next exit (?) that followed The Tourist. But I find this one is hard to engage.....I'm hanging in there because I find it really puts me to sleep fast!! :) But really, sometimes these mysteries are so good they keep me awake!
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good. This is number 3 in a series. It read well as a stand alone but certainly makes you want to read the first two.
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Olen Steinhauer grew up in Virginia, and has since lived in Georgia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Massachusetts, and New York. Outside the US, he's lived in Croatia (when it was called Yugoslavia), the Czech Republic and Italy. He also spent a year in Romania on a Fulbright grant, an experience that helped inspire his first five books. He now lives in Hungary with his wife and dau ...more
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