I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
Another kindle best seller, some variety of thriller I suppose. Many people stating in their reviews that it was gripping and one of the best books they had ever read. I loosely agree, the book did become a little obsession of mine, but only after I was approximately 60% of the way through. Prior to this point, I found it a mess of words and a tangle of back stories. I understand that it was necessary to give the reader some history, but I feel the stories lost their meaning and emphasis. I personally struggled to see how a lot of it was relative, like the introduction of new characters.
It is the story of an American secret agent coming out of retirement to answer a presidential plea to save the world. It is very Dan Brown-esq, all one has to do is flood the reader with fancy words, technology and science and BAM they will feel the thrill of an apocalyptic storyline. Not so easily done I am afraid, this book lacked substance; mainly from the characters. A lot of information was dropped, but not all of it explained.
I do have a few gripes about some of the content too, so many sweeping statements were made about all different types of people, but especially non-Americans. Can Hayes really be that ignorant? There wasn’t even any tangible evidence to support the claims. I particularly did not enjoy his take on the middle east, or the Australians for that matter. But perhaps I am underestimating Hayes, as a British author is he making a very poignant point about the insular American point of view?
That being said, I think the end of the book truly showcased Hayes’ ability. I quite enjoyed it and was gripped to discover how it ends.
Would I recommend this book, No.