I Am Pilgrim

I Am Pilgrim : The bestselling Richard & Judy Book Club pick

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The astonishing story of one man's breakneck race against time to save America from oblivion.
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A FATHER PUBLICLY BEHEADED. Killed in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square.
A YOUNG WOMAN DISCOVERED. All of her identifying characteristics dissolved by acid.

A SYRIAN BIOTECH EXPERT FOUND EYELESS. Dumped in a Damascus junkyard.

SMOULDERING HUMAN REMAINS. Abandoned on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan.

PILGRIM. The codename for a man who doesn't exist. A man who must return from obscurity. The only man who can uncover a flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.
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'The plot twists and turns like a python in a sack... Visceral, gritty and cinematic.' The Times

'A big, breathless tale of nonstop suspense.' The New York Times

'Simply one of the best suspense novels I've read in a long time.' David Baldacci

'An all too plausible disaster for the world we live in. Great nail-biting stuff.' Robert Goddard
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Product details

  • Paperback | 912 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 38mm | 976g
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552160962
  • 9780552160964
  • 13,232

Review Text

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
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The best thriller I've read in ten years... An astonishing piece of work -- Linwood Barclay 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 *
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About Terry Hayes

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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Rating details

135,694 ratings
4.26 out of 5 stars
5 52% (70,911)
4 30% (40,923)
3 11% (15,156)
2 4% (5,155)
1 3% (3,549)

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This is simply the most rivetting, thrilling and can't-put-it-down-book of the past ten years. I absolutely enjoyed reading it. Other thrillers have passages that are quite dull and boring and one is tempted to skip to the more interesting parts, to be admitted once again to the thrill of the ride. Not so here. We are having the ride of our lives and all we keep thinking is: What a story! I want more!show more
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