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I Am Pilgrim

I Am Pilgrim [Kindle Edition]

Terry Hayes
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"THRILLER OF THE WEEK. Delivers thrills and spills...A full tilt mix of Homeland, The Wire and The Bourne Ultimatum" Mail on Sunday "Rendition yourself into a pulsating thriller that never lets up as it carries the hero and the reader on an ever more desperate race between time and an all too plausible disaster for the world we live in. Great nail-biting stuff!" Robert Goddard "The narrative is thrilling: the tension tightens with action...It's a murder mystery, an illuminating account of contemporary international politics and a study of an unusual man...An excellent thriller which as a first novel is really remarkable" Literary Review "I Am Pilgrim takes the modern spy novel and pushes it screaming and kicking into the twentieth-first century. With a stunning sense of plot, beautifully detailed writing, huge ambition and even huger talent, Hayes has produced one of the most memorable novels of recent times. This is a frightening, pulse-pounding journey into the future of terrorism and the brave new world we've been ushered into. Amazingly assured and complex, this is one of the best debut novels I've ever read" Stav Sherez "Clever and compulsive - the best thriller in years" -- Deidre O'Brien Sunday Mirror

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The Day of the Jackal meets Homeland with a dash of Bourne - a debut thriller to take your breath away

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1101 KB
  • Print Length: 705 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0593064941
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (18 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (735 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond meets Reacher: a fantastic read 27 July 2013
By Manda Scott VINE VOICE
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If you spend enough time at literary festivals, you come to fear and loathe the 'goody bag' - a delightfully marketed sling-bag full of books you never want to read and don't quite know what to do with.

Until it isn't that: the goody bag at Harrogate Crime Fest last weekend contained a small 'taster' booklet that offered the first chapter of I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. I read it late on Saturday night, bought the book on Sunday and started reading it on Monday. I finished it late last night and it's been a fantastic week's read: a big, solid, chunky, fast-paced, rip-roaring thriller, the love child of a manic union between Jack Reacher and James Bond.

The pace and international flavour shouldn't be a surprise: from the start, this reads like the book of the film and that film will be a blockbuster. This is a debut novel, and (sorry, this is a cliche, but it's true) an astonishing feat that makes sense when we know that the author has been a journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald, covered the Watergate scandal and went on to be a screenwriter on such luminaries as Mad Max 2, Payback and Bangkok Hilton. So when we have Bondian 'hero escapes from insuperable odds' scenes set in giant warehouses with ships on gantries being sent hither and thither and our hero hanging by one arm, desperately trying not to be recognised by the Turkish police... it's easy to imagine it on a big screen with all the action and adrenaline and testosterone.

But the book isn't all that: the premise is clever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 18 May 2014
By steve
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A really enjoyable book kept me involved till the last page.Reminded me of the pleasure I got many years ago reading the james bond books.Best thriller I have read since norwegian by night.
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68 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 19 July 2013
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I started this book on holiday having read several other crime/espionage books in the course of the trip. This stood out head and shoulders above the rest and is with reflection the best book of the genre I have read for some years.

The narrative style is compelling and although the story builds through a complex plot you are pulled through it by short chapters, well selected hooks and a momentum to the plot that leaves you not wanting to switch the light out.

I can't recommend this book enough and although only just published I now want his next work!!
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am Pilgrim -Best Mystery Thriller of 2013 29 July 2013
Terry Hayes began his career as a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald, when as foreign correspondent in the US he covered Watergate and President Nixon's resignation, among many major international stories. He then went on to become a successful screenwriter, having written the screenplays for Mad Max 2, Dead Calm, Bangkok Hilton, Payback and From Hell. He lives in Sydney with his wife and four children. This is his first novel.

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Terry Hayes has redefined and claimed the genre of spy/ mystery/thriller as his own. He has written an exceptionally engaging, technically masterful and fast paced mystery debut novel - but given his credentials I am not surprised at the talent that is shining ever so brightly from under the cover of this compelling book. Simply stunning! Seven hundred pages were not enough to satisfy my intense involvement in this book! Even when I went to bed at night I could not get this story out of my mind, my brain forever thinking of what may happen next, how the terrorist plot would be enacted (there are no spoilers here), how the Pilgrim might be able to intercept and prevent this act of mass destruction. I could not figure it out, but it didn't stop me thinking about the possible scenarios as I tossed and turned in bed. By the time I finished reading this I was exhausted and emotional spent.

Never has a book had so much emotional influence on me. This was a roller coaster ride of intrigue, mystery and conspiracy theories. It was an eye opening account of how the machinery of anti terrorist activities operates and a grim but realistic account of how the rights of the individual are sacrificed for the welfare of the many.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this read! 6 Jun 2014
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A superior thriller. Well written, well drawn characters and unusual plot. I hope there will be a follow up.which I would buy without hesitation . Thank you Terry Hayes for a week of thrills and pleasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am pilgrim 30 May 2014
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This is by far the best thriller I have ever read. It is a real page Turner, gripping from the start. I would definitely read this again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have read in years, unputdownable 30 May 2014
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Brilliant from start to finish, I've lost sleep because of this book and it was worth it , if you take one book on holiday this year make it this one.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Game Changer 31 July 2013
Every now and again something comes along that is genuinely new, different and better.
This was definitely the case in 1953 when Fleming brought us 'Casino Royale',it was true in 1971 when Forsyth gave us 'The Day Of The Jackal' and happily it is true today with Hayes' 'I Am Pilgrim'.
What makes it stand out is its incredibly strong, absorbing and thrilling story.
The structure is amazing and will doubtless appeal to murder mystery fans, to thriller afficianados and to espionage devotees alike.
Comparisons are often futile but if forced to draw one I would say it's like putting Bourne, Bond and Milo Weaver into a blender and pushing the turbo button. It really is the book of the summer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional read
Couldn't put this book down. Brilliant, I didn't want it to end, really gripping, all the characters were excellent and it was written with a view from all sides. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Von
3.0 out of 5 stars starts well, but...
Good plot, but very long, with several incredible diversions, and took real effort to finish. Half the book would make a good movie
Published 4 hours ago by roger
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, unputdownable
The best book I've read in a very long time. Was lucky enough to take it on holiday by chance so ironically read it by the sea near Bodrum. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Sarah Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
At first I thought the book was going to be really disjointed but the author pulled all the threads together superbly and the result was an amazing high paced thriller. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Mrs Margaret Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A brilliant well thought out story held my interest until the end.
Published 18 hours ago by mike daniels
3.0 out of 5 stars Was this a dual venture?
There are parts of this book which are really well written, such as the descriptions of the life and times of "Saracen". Here the writing has depth and intensity. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by david leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Absolutely brilliant, one of the very best. It is only a matter of time before stories like this will become a fact. Really scary.
Published 1 day ago by Marian Colea
5.0 out of 5 stars Best debut I've read.
Since I've been using the Kindle Fire to read, trading up from the Paperwhite, I have found my reading time fall by a combination of social media and internet usage. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Have recommended it to many people
Well descripted and exceptionally thrilling novel. Slightly slow to start but then really gets going - couldn't put it down. Have recommended it to many people.
Published 1 day ago by Ann Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book loved it
Don't often review books although I read many but this one should be shared. Great storyline that just kept going ,read it you won't be able to put it down I couldn't !
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