I usually don’t buy into the hype surrounding books, unless they are recommended by good friends, and ‘I am Pilgrim’, is a perfect example. I’ve had it on my Kindle since the beginning of the year almost, and I wanted something quick to read this week, so I decided to give it a go. Well, it certainly lived up to its expectations of a quick and fun read!
The basic premise follows a “retired” CIA black ops agent, who believes that he has left that world behind and is going to settle down in Paris. However, he is called in for one “last mission” to go to Turkey deep undercover in in order to investigate a link with a bioterrorism plot. In order to stay in Turkey undercover, he guises himself as an FBI agent investigating the suspicious death of a rich American. The story follows several points of view throughout, but the two main ones are that of Scot, the CIA agent, and Saracen ,the bioterrorist.
This has already been reviewed by Urania, and I agree with her on the point that sometimes this novel felt disjointed with regards to the plot being a little too neatly tied up in places. There is only so many times you can say “Oh, what a coincidence”. However, I have to give Hayes his dues in regards to his characters. Most of them were fairly well fleshed out compared to your average thriller. I did feel that there was an aspect of Scott’s character that Hayes could have expanded on, but really, that would have taken the book from the thriller genre to the drama genre. The same applies to certain aspects and plot points in the character of Saracen. Maybe a spin off book could be written?
All in all, it was an entertaining read for the end of the Summer. I would be happy to recommend this to anyone. Terry Hayes is definitely an author to keep an eye on.
I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller