Today I am reviewing The Travelers by Chris Pavone. Thank you to NetGalley and Crown for the eGalley of this book in exchange for my honest review.
About the book (from the publisher): Meet Will Rhodes: travel writer, recently married, barely solvent, his idealism rapidly giving way to disillusionment and the worry that he’s living the wrong life. Then one night, on assignment for the award winning Travelers magazine in the wine region of Argentina, a beautiful woman makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Soon Will’s bad choices – and dark secrets – take him across Europe, from a chateau in Bordeaux to a midnight raid on a Paris mansion, from a dive bar in Dublin to a mega-yacht in the Mediterranean and an isolated cabin perched on the rugged cliffs of Iceland. As he’s drawn further into a tangled web of international intrigue, it becomes clear that nothing about Will Rhodes was ever ordinary, that the network of deception ensnaring him is part of an immense and deadly conspiracy with terrifying global implications – and that the people closest to him may pose the greatest threat of all.
My review: Chris Pavone has taken on the spy novel and given it new life. In The Accident and The Expats (both of which I reviewed; click on links) he firmly established himself as a fine writer. This, his third spy novel, is the best yet – and that’s saying something.
The story, deftly plotted with layers and layers of intrigue, introduces us to Will Rhodes, writer for the famed Travelers magazine. He is married to a former employee of the magazine, lives in New York City, works with his editor and friend, Malcolm, and travels the world to write the sort of story that all those who yearn to travel want to read. While in Argentina, he meets someone and makes a bad choice. From there, the story takes off as Will finds himself deceiving his wife and his boss as he is coerced into working for the CIA. At least, he thinks it’s the CIA. But as the story gets more and more complex, Will begins to doubt everything he’s been told.
Who exactly is Malcolm? Who are the two people who are Will’s handlers? Who are they working for? Where is his wife? Who is telling the truth and who is not? With every twist and turn in the story, a new question arises. What seems to be true flips into something else entirely.
I couldn’t stop reading.
Pavone’s writing is elegant and witty. I find I much prefer a spy novel that has a strong element of wit and Pavone gives us humor and intelligence in abundance. All in all, this novel is brilliantly written. It will leave you wanting more. Pavone is fast becoming one of my favorite writers.
About the author: Chris Pavone is the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats and The Accident. He is the winner of the Edgar and Anthony awards for best first novel. He was a book editor for nearly two decades and lives in New York City with his family.
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