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An American Spy (Milo Weaver 3) [Kindle Edition]

Olen Steinhauer
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Praise for "An American Spy"

"Stunning. . .Readers are irresistibly drawn into Weaver's dogged struggle to unravel a complicated game of cat and mouse. . .Steinhauer is at the top of his game--but when isn't he?"
--"USA Today

""The action is lickety-split and spiked with exceedingly satisfying spy craft."
--"The New York Times

""Not since Le Carre has a writer so vividly evoked the multilayered, multifaceted, deeply paranoid world of espionage, in which identities and allegiances are malleable and ever shifting, the mirrors of loyalty and betrayal reflecting one another to infinity. In this intensely clever, sometimes baffling book, it's never quite clear who is manipulating whom, and which side is up."
--"The New York Times Book Review

""This ambitious, complex story spans the globe. Even when the intricacies of its plot are most challenging, we are fascinated and swept forward. Steinhauer has been likened to John le Carre and rightly so. Both men carry readers deep into a rival spy agency, one Soviet, one Chinese. . .Zhu may in time be to Weaver what the Soviet spymaster Karla was to le Carre's George Smiley. Olen Steinhauer's Milo Weaver novels are must-reads for lovers of the genre."
--"The Washington Post"

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Praise for "The Nearest Exit
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""The Nearest Exit" [is] a terrific second installment in Olen Steinhauer's 'Tourist' spy series about Milo Weaver, a brooding CIA operative with all the right lone-wolf tendencies. . . . Milo's company is at least as valuable to the series' appeal as is his flair for international trickery."
---Janet Maslin, "The New York Times" (Notable Book of 2010)

"Weaver is the novel's gem. . . . In many ways this is a classic spy novel, but it's Weaver's angst that lifts the book to a compelling level of freshness."
---"USA Today

""Steinhauer delivers another winner in "The Nearest Exit", a spy novel that asks deeper questions about the price we extract from individuals in the pursuit of the so-called greater good and the innocents who become collateral damage. It's a subject as relevant to a spy within the CIA as it is to any of us: That's a point that---through the prism of Milo's humanity and the dangerous web in which he finds himself enmeshed---Steinhauer makes abundantly and thrillingly clear."
"---Los Angeles Times"

Praise for "The Tourist"

"Here's the best spy novel I've ever read that wasn't written by John le Carre. . . . It's a complex story of betrayal anchored by a protagonist who's as winning as he is wily."
---Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly
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"Remember John le Carre . . . when he wrote about beaten-down, morally directionless spies? In other words, when he was good? That's how Olen Steinhauer writes in this tale of a world-weary spook who can't escape the old game."
---"Time"

"The kind of principled hero we long to believe still exists in fiction, if not in life."
---"The New York Times Book Review" (Editor's Choice)


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2297 KB
  • Print Length: 397 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250036976
  • Publisher: Corvus (13 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VVK2HS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good as The Other Two 12 May 2012
Format:Hardcover
The first thing that you need to know - but Amazon does not make clear - is that this is the third book in "Milo Weaver" trilogy.

So, before you read this one, read these two:

1: The Tourist
2: The Nearest Exit

I have to say that these two books were amongst the most entertaining works of fiction that I have read in a long time. I like reading Custler (when he writes his own books), Clancy (ditto), Grisham, King and the other usual suspects, and I think that Steinhauer has the imagination, research skills and literary skills to hold his own among these greats.

However, I found An American Spy to be quite disappointing. The quality of the dialogue and narrative are as exceptional as they were in the other two novels, but I felt like Steinhauer had simply run out of steam with this one.

The book progresses quite slowly, and when the action finally starts the author uses a series of vignettes to tell what is admittedly a complex plot from the perspective of the main characters. For me, the problem with this is that you end up having to read quite a bit that you already know (because you've just read it from someone else's perspective), while the critical bits of information you need in order to piece things together are actually few and far between. I just didn't like it - it felt like padding, although I don't think for a minute that this is what it was intended to be. It's totally subjective - you may really enjoy it. I did not.

I won't give away the plot line, but suffice to say the story picks up where it left off in the previous book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Le Carre has a rival 2 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I leave the synopsis and detail to the other reviewers. This is a classic spy vs spy novel set in the 21st century. Initially the Chinese names and the multiplicity of characters is confusing but the author uses an interesting technique with recaps where the actions as seen from different characters are retold this giving the reader an overview not revealled to the players.

The technique works well engaging the reader and holding their interest. The twists and turns are as convoluted and devious as Le Carre's Smiley stories.

Get this and you won't be disappointed.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A ride to enjoy 14 Mar 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I like a spy thriller that takes me on a ride and whilst this, is the third title by the author to feature lead character Milo Weaver, its my first outing with Olen. What I received for my time was a thriller that grabbed me for a seat of the pants ride with a lead character who was not only gripping but one that almost threatened to break my neck if I left the book too long.

Add to this a story that kept moving with multi-faceted twists and turns, a whole host of problems alongside never being sure what was relevant and what was smoke with mirrors and overall I was in heaven as I turned each page to read what the hero was up to. Finally add to the mix a writing style that grabbed me with solid prose, great dialogue and of course a set of prose that just didn't let up like the pace and it was a tale all in that was satisfactory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Yellow Peril comes full circle 25 Mar 2012
By Joseph Haschka HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
As a young lad in the late 1950s and early 60s, I learned to read voraciously. Several of my favorite books were those of Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu series. Recently, I re-read the first installment, The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, after many decades. Now, the plot seems a little silly, though it delights me no end that the series as a whole has since been condemned by the Political Correctness Police as promoting a racist and stereotypic picture of the Chinese. (Oh, puhleeeze; it was written in 1907. Get over it!) In any case, the plot of the series is the ongoing confrontation between the British Empire's colonial police commissioner Nayland Smith and the evil genius Fu-Manchu, the latter being the mastermind of a shadowy Chinese conspiracy to bring down the Empire and, perhaps also, the United States. (Rohmer kept strategic specificities of the threat hazy, but, presumably, the Empire's Far Eastern jewel-in-the-crown colony - India - was on the front line of exposure. It was, after all, shortly before the First World War and the Empire was at its height.)

In those bad old days of the Cold War, the chief villain of Western espionage thrillers was, of course, the Red Menace of the U.S.S.R. led by the KGB. The Yellow Peril had somewhat receded into the background having been emasculated by World War Two and the subsequent Maoist revolution. After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, nothing has really taken its place in spy fiction; al-Qaeda makes an occasional appearance, but it's too stateless an enemy to really get traction in the genre.

Now, with the emergence of China as an economic, and potentially military, power to threaten the U.S.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Obviously a 'photo copy'??? 10 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Small light print and smudges on title pages. low quality paper but the book is GOOD (which is up to the excellent author of course)

Enthralling and eminently readable, attention to detail - you actually personally 'know' the characters and locations.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What a Slog!
I think this book is well written and the plot does twist and wind about. But, oh dear, what a long haul to battle through it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by dixie dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as usual from Mr Steinhauer
Although I had already read the first two books in the series (The Tourist and The Nearest Exit), I decided I needed to refresh my memory (as at least two years have passed since... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Over the hill or Over Kill?
For me Steinhauer is a cracking novelist but I think he has run out of gas with Milo. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two installments (Tourist and Nearest Exit)but in this book,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by atticus
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
Steinhauer should be better known - Le Carre fans should enjoy these books, and should look for his other books too.
Published 14 months ago by GRB
5.0 out of 5 stars If Jason Bourne had been just a ordinary chap.
Milo Weaver is like finding out your dad was a spy. He is definitely not James Bond or Jason Bourne, but much more likely to be realistic.
Published 16 months ago by Mr. Ronald W. Wild
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better
This is the final volume of the Milo Weaver saga, and is a triumph. Excellent writing, sympathetic characters, superb pacing and a sense o f weary realism. Outstanding series.
Published 16 months ago by Bill Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Story
Book 3, the final chapter in the Milo Weaver trilogy

The final volume has a complex story that deepens as the plot moves forward spanning the globe going into and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Toni Osborne
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing novel
I had never read any of this authors previous work, and I won't bother now. Very disappointed by a convoluted and confusing plot. Read more
Published on 29 April 2012 by rolfie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I have now read a few Olen Steinhauer books and I'm very impressed with the author. His stories are well thought through. Read more
Published on 18 April 2012 by Luages
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