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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  5,966 ratings  ·  936 reviews
A pulse-racing international thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats and The Accident.

It s 3:00 am. Do you know where your husband is? Meet Will Rhodes: travel writer, recently married, barely solvent, his idealism rapidly giving way to disillusionment and the worry that he's living the wrong life. Then one night, on assignment for the award-winni
Hardcover, 433 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Crown
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Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
* I received my copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review

4.5 stars!!!

Have you ever requested a book in the heat of the moment and went back and thought "Crap, why did I do that???? This is not my typical read AT ALL!" I'm ashamed to say that's what I did with this book, but perhaps the best mistake I have made this year! I don't typically read a lot of spy thrillers, however, the last few I have read have caused me to rethink that.

Our story starts with Will Rhodes, who is a tr
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Chris Pavone writes quasi spy thrillers that are set in the publishing world. I've read Pavone's two earlier books, and quite liked The Expats but wasn't crazy about The Accident. Unfortunately, I wasn't thrilled with The Travelers. It's a clever concept but lagged in the execution. I don't want to say much about the plot to avoid spoilers, but essentially the book focuses on Will who is a writer for a travel magazine, who gets entangled in a web of spying intrigue. I say the concept is clever b ...more
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is so much fun!

The Travelers follows Will Rhodes, a travel writer who gets caught up in an international spy game, and doesn't know who to trust. I would summarize it as Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets The Firm (with a little Jason Bourne thrown in).

The spy stuff was a thrill to read, but I also appreciated Pavone's insights into the world of magazine publishing and travel writers. There were some entertaining globe-trotting scenes, and I liked the colorful descriptions of the people Will met a
“Informants can be helpful, but they are never infallible. All tools can break, or be turned into weapons.”

----Raymond E. Feist

Chris Pavone, the New York Times best-selling author, pens yet another heart-gripping thriller, The Travelers, that unfolds the story of a travel journalist who travels to Argentina for his assignment where a beautiful Australian women makes him an undeniable offer that is surely going to change the course of his life by throwing him onto the face of a dangerous glob
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately I could not get into this book although many readers have enjoyed it and given a higher rating of four to five stars.
I received this book for free through Bookstr’s (formerly the Reading Room) giveaways.

I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4.

When I first started this book I didn’t find it that interesting. It was a bit of a muddled mess. There were so many characters’ perspectives it was hard to keep track of it all. About halfway through, the book finally started picking up. The story finally started making more sense and had the action I was looking for.

Overall, this wasn’t the most perfect thril
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. A big thanks to LibraryThing for an ARC copy.

Will Rhodes is a writer for Travelers magazine, traveling all over the world for stories that will lead tourists to all the best hotels, restaurants, and hidden gems. Will's wife Chloe has worked there too but now her job has her travelling less often. The point is, the couple hardly ever see each other and time differences prevent them from connecting on the phone. Chloe really has no idea what Will is up to while gone; but we readers know
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spy novel fans
Recommended to Thomas by: LibrayThing
Shelves: librarything, spy
This was an interesting book. I thought that the characters were complex and the relationships were complicated by lies, some long term and some short term. The plot moved along briskly and most of the threads were resolved, with one left open for another book. It was not a cliffhanger ending.
Will Rhodes, a travel magazine writer, who is living in a half finished house missing doors and some walls, because he wants everything to be perfect. He is in debt and cannot afford perfect. He
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
*I received this from Net galley for an honest review.*

After 12% of the book, I honestly don't know if I can go further on with this book. I don't understand what direction it's going in, nor do I care for a lot of what's happening. I get glimpses of some kind of covert thing going on, but it's never delved into. They're more like fleeting glances.

I know I only got 12% into the book which isn't much at all but I found myself skimming through most of the pages and pushing myself to finish a page
Don Gorman
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
(2) I got into this book because the first two efforts by this author were just great. This one did not quite live up to that standard. The first half of the story is so disjointed you needed to leave bread crumbs to find your way around. Confusion reigns. You can guess too easily what really happens at the end as well. Thank goodness the action gets wild and wooly for the last 100 pages or so or this would have been a real loser. Pavone has a lot of talent, I think he just got lost or too cute ...more
Joanne Robertson
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I obviously had a moment of madness one day and got a bit "click happy" on netgalley, as I recently looked at my dashboard to find that my "wish to read" had been granted! I don't remember wishing for this book as its not my normal genre but I am so glad that I did as its lead me to a true storyteller!

The Travelers of the title is a travel magazine where Will Rhodes works. He has a fabulously exciting job as a travel and food journalist, while his wife Chloe stays home, although she does still w
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
THE TRAVELERS is the first novel I’ve read by notable author Chris Pavone. I will read more of his work. This is a page turning thriller of espionage and double-crossing. It’s a thriller that kept me guessing until the end.

Will Rhodes works for a travel magazine called, “Travelers”. He’s married, trying to have a baby, in debt, and basically loving his life as a journalist who gets to go to exotic lands and write about beautiful places. He meets interesting people. He eats incredible food and dr
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
To say you have to suspend your disbelief when reading The Travelers by Chris Pavone might just be the understatement of the century. It would be much more helpful—and the events in the story much more realistic if you had spent the entirety of your life in a bomb shelter unaware of the workings of modern man and have recently emerged (ecstatic that the world is not a burning nuclear wasteland) to find this entertaining and very silly spy novel.

Will Rhodes is a globetrotting travel writer unawa
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I definitely recommend this book but with a cautionary note. Do not imbibe any stimulants before or during the act of reading this book. You definitely won't need any.

When I see the name Chris Pavone, I know that I am in for one heck of a journey and this one did not disappoint. I did keep getting confused with all the characters at the beginning. I'm not sure if it was just me since I didn't read it all in one sitting or what. However, once I did get to sit and read it without distraction, I st
Ron S
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: espionage, spies, thriller
A slow moving thriller very much in the mold of the things are not as they appear school of story-telling. A travel writer is recruited to work for the CIA, and the trip down the rabbit hole begins. The characters are well thought out, and the story unfolds in fairly believable fashion, with a refreshing absence of Ludlumesque absurdities. Unfortunately, Pavone suddenly starts to heap in violence and stretches our credulity towards the end of the book, as though reminded that he was writing a th ...more
Ray LaManna
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This novel received great reviews from many sources... however, I found it very confusing. Granted that it is about travel writers who travel...but the number of locations and especially the constant flashbacks left me wondering where I was and whom I was with most of the time. I did not find it overly satisfying.
Liz Barnsley
Another solid read from Chris Pavone - enjoyable and clever. Full review after the hols. :)
Mal Warwick
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In his third novel, The Travelers, Chris Pavone weaves a tale so baffling that you’re likely to be shocked again and again as the truth at the heart of the story gradually floats to the surface. Once again, as in his previous books, Pavone’s subject matter is espionage. The scene shifts rapidly and frequently from New York City to Mendoza, Argentina, Falls Church, Virginia, Paris, Capri, Istanbul, and other spots around the globe, including the Spanish Pyrenees and rural Iceland. The suspense is ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was a huge fan of Chris Pavone's previous books and greatly enjoyed this latest addition. The story moves at a quick pace. Much of the action is psychological, not unlike Pavone's other books. While the story's twists aren't entirely unpredictable, the results are satisfying.

Will Rhodes, a travel writer, makes a few poor decisions and finds himself at the mercy of a mysterious woman. Coerced into following her lead, Will may, or may not be working as an intelligence agent. As he completes his
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2016
Will Rhodes has an almost perfect job. He is an award winning correspondent for The Travelers, an upmarket travel magazine catering to the super rich. His latest assignment is at a luxury hotel in Argentina nestled beneath the Andes; it means that he is sampling fine wine and superb food, and watching the polo. But what starts as an innocent flirtation with a pretty girl he recognises from elsewhere, suddenly becomes far more deadly, and he realises that he has been the target of an operation.

Scott Bell
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff. Nicely woven spy story where everybody seems to have competing-and hidden-agendas. The putz at the center of the story, Will, is the kind of endearing loser we all want to root for. Sinister bad guys who might be good guys, earnest good guys who might be bad guys, lies, betrayal, deceit...Pavone does a great job putting it all together.

Points off for writing in present tense, a prose style which always seems to call attention to itself, and a couple of more points off for some really
David N
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Pavone has delivered a taut, intricately plotted twister, with 3 dimensional characters you really care about. Lots of twists and turns with a plot that slowly unveils to the reader and the main character simultaneously. Fast paced but just enough line played out at each turn to keep you hooked.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Will Rhodes is a travel writer, has the dream job everyone wants. Will receives an offer he cannot refuse. He becomes involved in espionage and does not know who to trust. No one seems to be who they really are. This novel is not my usual genre. It was very interesting with all the twists and turns and a surprise ending.
I tend to be a bit more critical in my reviews of spy novels since much of them are derivative in following a basic formula or plot line. Although this novel wasn't entirely unique, I did enjoy the constant movement and jumping around of international locales and characters, which lent itself to a fast-paced, edge of your seat story. However, the cost of this sublime erraticism was little to no character depth and development, which is what I look forward to the most in any work of fiction. So.. ...more
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
It’s been awhile since I’ve come across a book who has failed to meet my hopes/expectations. And could you blame me especially with the title The Travelers? With a title like that, along with its summary, I was thinking I’d be reading a book full of excitement, fun, suspense, and thrills. So imagine my disappointment when almost halfway through the book I realized that I’m going to be finishing this book just to find out what the hell is going on and how everything fitted together.

Chris Pavone
Terri Wino
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you to both.
I'm rounding up to 4 stars on this one, even though I would really rate it more of a 3.5 or 3.75.
The story starts out strongly and immediately sucked me in and made me want to find out what the hell was going on, based on the prologue alone. Definitely a great start to the book. For me, this book was three distinct parts. The first part was great.
Unfortunately, the middle part of the book did lose
I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review.

First, I must say this is not my usual type of book. I don't usually read spy thrillers. I was captivated by the blurb on the back. Will Rhodes, travels the globe writing about exotic, beautiful places for a magazine called, "Travelers." He finds himself in a sticky situation in Argentina and then forced to become an informant of sorts. Nothing is what it seems, no one it what they seem.

I liked the idea of the book. The writing is quite g
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While I have rated this book at 5 stars, I really am basing this on my enjoyment of the tale...not so much on literary value to the universe. It is a very fun spy novel with many twists and turns that kept me very engaged with the story. Not a page of fat or filler anywhere....all meat. Sex, mystery, intrigue, murder, mayhem, international travel & intelligent colorful dialog. These are the ingredients that keep me reading every day...even when I should be doing more important things.
Jon Zelazny
Jun 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chucked
If you're looking for a good, contemporary spy thriller, don't believe the blurb on this one. Seven chapters in, and there's still no spies, nor anything I remotely consider "thrilling" or "pulse-racing."

I'm outta here.
Hard to feel sympathetic to a protagonist who cheats on his wife!

Here is a link to my review:
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CHRIS PAVONE is author of four international thrillers: THE EXPATS (2012), THE ACCIDENT (2014), THE TRAVELERS (2016), and THE PARIS DIVERSION (2019). His novels have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and IndieNext; have won both the Edgar and Anthony awards, and have been shortlisted for the Strand, Macavity, a ...more

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