I am Pilgrim

I am Pilgrim

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Terry Hayes

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  • Publisher: BANTAM PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 704 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 240mm x 49mm | 904g
  • Publication date: 18 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0593064941
  • ISBN 13: 9780593064948
  • Sales rank: 17,678

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Can you commit the perfect crime? Pilgrim is the codename for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. And it will take him to a rundown New York hotel room where the body of a woman is found facedown in a bath of acid, her features erased, her teeth missing, her fingerprints gone. It is a textbook murder - and Pilgrim wrote the book. What begins as an unusual and challenging investigation will become a terrifying race-against-time to save America from oblivion. Pilgrim will have to make a journey from a public beheading in Mecca to a deserted ruins on the Turkish coast via a Nazi death camp in Alsace and the barren wilderness of the Hindu Kush in search of the faceless man who would commit an appalling act of mass murder in the name of his God.

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Terry Hayes is a former journalist and screen-writer. Born in Sussex, England, he migrated to Australia as a child and trained as a journalist at the country's leading broadsheet. At twenty-one he was appointed North American correspondent, based in New York, and after two years returned to Sydney to become an investigative reporter, political correspondent and columnist. He resigned to produce a prominent current affairs radio program and a short time later, with George Miller, wrote the screenplay for Road Warrior/Mad Max 2. He also co-produced and wrote Dead Calm, the film which launched Nicole Kidman's international movie career, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and a large number of TV movies and mini-series - including Bodyline and Bangkok Hilton - two of which received international Emmy nominations. In all, he has won over twenty film or television awards. After moving to Los Angeles he worked as a screen-writer on major studio productions. His credits include Payback with Mel Gibson, From Hell, starring Johnny Depp, and Vertical Limit with Chris O'Donnell. He has also done un-credited writing on a host of other movies including Reign of Fire, Cliffhanger and Flightplan, starring Jodie Foster. I Am Pilgrim is his first novel. He and his American wife - Kristen - have four children and live in Switzerland.

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By Paul D 10 Aug 2013 5

This is a massive book of over 700 pages and from the outside looks like a mighty tome what you get is a book that is an absolute pleasure to read. It is easy to stick all the clich�?�©s in this review; gripping, page turner, grabs you by the throat, a bestseller. It is all those things and more, easy to see why this should be the book for your summer holidays sitting on the lounger relaxing with a page turner.

Written by a British born Hollywood scriptwriter Terry Hayes, if has brought all those elements of excitement that he has crafted in his day job and created a book that is every inch a blockbuster. This has it all as Pilgrim, a nom de guerre, has elements of James Bond, Jason Bourne and George Smiley mixed in.

The book neatly in four parts sets how a deep cover American Intelligence Agency has found himself in New York stuck in an investigation of a murder, based on a book he had written on how to commit the perfect crime. It builds up the characters and back story of our hero Pilgrim and his search for a terrorist Saracen.

This like all good heroes Pilgrim ticks all the boxes he is a highly intelligent Harvard graduate with a doctorate, he is a loner an outsider who has the respect of those that actually matter. We learn that he has worked all over doing whatever is required whether it is killing in Red Square Moscow or in a CIA covert prison in Thailand. He likes to have complete command of the facts and uses his skill craft to gain the information he requires.

Saracen is a clean skin as they say in intelligence circles but like Bin Laden he has been radicalised in Saudi Arabia by the execution of his father and he becomes devoted to Allah and becomes one of his soldiers in the jihad against the Soviet aggressor in Afghanistan and from their his continued service to Allah across Gaza, and Lebanon is his cover as he makes his way to Germany to carry out his plan to attack the far enemy, the USA.

This is a brilliantly woven tale with a brilliant concept for a plot and in the 21st century has a chillingly credible ring to it. Our two protagonists are well crafted and the detail is excellent so through the writing you have a brilliant image of what they look like and how they act and interact with others.

Sometimes as a reader you need to step back and take a breath before carrying on reading as the detail is fantastic and the story keeps moving forward. Those pauses are worth it as you delve back in to the story and feel the anxiety of Pilgrim in his search for his nemesis. This is a book that will be no doubt be turned in to a film but I doubt it will ever beat the book as the writing and the imagery it creates is second to none.

If buying this book you will not be disappointed, borrowing it you will want to buy a copy. It is a thrilling read and worth every penny and certainly earns its stripes as a thriller par excellence.

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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 "I Am Pilgrim is a 21st century thriller: a high concept plot, but with finely drawn protagonists. The plot twists and turns like a python in a sack. The style is visceral, gritty and cinematic...A satisfying and ambitious book, written with skill and verve" -- Adam LeBor The Times "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