“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 global agenda against one's country.
It’s 3:00am. 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-winning Travelers magazine in the wine region of Argentina, a beautiful woman makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Soon Will’s bad choices—and dark secrets—take him across Europe, from a chateau in Bordeaux to a midnight raid on a Paris mansion, from a dive bar in Dublin to a mega-yacht in the Mediterranean and an isolated cabin perched on the rugged cliffs of Iceland. As he’s drawn further into a tangled web of international intrigue, it becomes clear that nothing about Will Rhodes was ever ordinary, that the network of deception ensnaring him is part of an immense and deadly conspiracy with terrifying global implications—and that the people closest to him may pose the greatest threat of all.
It’s 3:00am. Your husband has just become a spy.
Will Rhodes is a travel journalist for a multi-million dollar travel magazine called The Travelers. He has a wife, Chloe, who too works for the same magazine. Will travels around the world writing about new places and new stories, similarly, on such a journey to Argentina, he met a mysterious and extremely beautiful claimed-to-be Australian woman, who arrests both his heart and mind from the first go. Little did he knew, that this mysterious lady would make him an abominable offer that he can't refuse. And within a night he gets promoted from being a travel writer to being an international undercover agent. His new missions make him doubt his own travel magazine and the nature of their business and global network across the world. That is when he realizes he might be working for the wrong side, as one mission after another turns into a life-threatening one.
Well, this is the first time that I read anything by the best-selling author, Chris Pavone and what to say, oh my fan, I became an instant fan of his writing style. And I'll definitely be looking out for his previous novels, which I hear is extremely brilliant!The plot is a complete pot-boiler, millions of twists and turns which will leave your brain more twisted if you try to build the puzzle, so guys leave it to the author, he will guide you with his brilliance to the end of the complicated maze.
The writing style of the author is emphatic and laced with suspicion and in-depth knowledge beyond the scenes. The narrative is thoroughly engaging and it kept me on my edges while anticipating with fear about Will's fate. The pacing of the story is really fast as there are a number of characters who schemes and plots their own agenda to survive among the rest. The huge cast of characters that Pavone has created is tastefully spun and their depth was eventually unrolled with the progress of the plot.
Will's demeanor is inspired a lot from reality. He is like an every day New Yorkian, who does not suspect much about life around him, but when he starts having second thoughts about his new profile, he uses his wit and intelligence to get to the bottom of the twisting mystery. On the other hand, the female characters are not well-developed, moreover, they are lacking an in-depth back-story that would have helped me to comprehend with their complex mind-set. Although, in general, the characters did not stand out in an impeccable way to make me root for them.
The settings of the book are excellent, the story took me to so many countries and places across the globe and so before picking up a copy of this book, don't forget to put on your travel shoes. From the streets of Paris to London to Iceland to New York to middle of the Mediterranean ocean on a yacht to many more, the story shifts from one destination to another and each time the author has captured the details of these places with great vividness. When Will was journeying from one country to another, every time I felt the adrenaline rush inside me. Well, in a nutshell, I will say that the story is grueling and compelling enough to keep the readers hooked till the very end.
Verdict: Well you must grab a copy of this riveting pot-boiler that will keep you guessing till the very end.
Courtesy: Thanks to the author, Chris Pavone's publicist, for providing me with an ARC of the book, in return for an honest review.