The Tourist, by Olen Steinhauer a Spy book that is a total page turner
The Tourist, by Olen Steinhauer,
If you never heard of Olen Steinhauer, you must put him on your must read list. The important contingency is, that you must like spy novels, provided you like a good contemporary espionage novel you will be calling this a classic soon. The Tourist is a fast paced spy novel with characters that you learn to love, hate and feel sorry for. The twists and turns are unexpected, so it is not your typical story that you figure out the answers. Ironically when you are wrong you are not disappointed.
The main Character is Milo Weaver a “retired Tourist” who wants to have a family life….the story starts in Budapest, Hungary and off we go…. The plot is very fast it has deceit, betrayal, trust, family and on an and on…. (I am not going to spoil it for you) All I can say, it is not a James Bond type Spy saga. The characters all have issues and challenges they need or want to overcome.
I first read Olen Steinhauer’ second book, “The Nearest Exit”, and then I realized it was a Trilogy. I could not wait to get on the internet and try to find “The Tourist” (the 1st book and then get the 3rd “American Spy” ) All I can tell you is I could not wait to go read the 1st and then the 3rd book. My average time was about 3 nights per book. They are page turners and you cannot wait to get to the end. Ironically when you are finished you are sad that you read it and now you are done!
Now if this did not catch your interest, let me share another nugget with you: George Clooney’s Production Company acquired the rights to make it into a movie. Like him or hate him you know the movie will be good tooJ my guess he will direct it and play Milo Weaver the main character!
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