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The Tourist: A Novel | [Olen Steinhauer]

The Tourist: A Novel

In the vein of John le Carré and Graham Greene, this contemporary international thriller follows Milo Weaver as he is drawn into a conspiracy that links riots in the Sudan, an assassin committing suicide, and an old friend who's been accused of selling secrets to the Chinese. Once the CIA and Homeland Security are after him, the only way for him to survive is to return, headfirst, into Tourism.
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Publisher's Summary

In the vein of John le Carré and Graham Greene, this contemporary international thriller follows Milo Weaver as he is drawn into a conspiracy that links riots in the Sudan, an assassin committing suicide, and an old friend who's been accused of selling secrets to the Chinese. Once the CIA and Homeland Security are after him, the only way for him to survive is to return, headfirst, into Tourism.

©2009 Olen Steinhauer; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[Weaver] is the perfect hero for such a richly nuanced tale." (Booklist)
"Superbly accomplished at both plotting and characterization....highly recommended." (Library Journal)

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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 05-15-09
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 05-15-09 Member Since 2008
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    "over rated"

    i liked the book, but judging by all the rave reviews I was ready for something new and mind-blowing. at times it was rather standard stuff, not like Day of the Jackal, or Spy Who Came in From the Cold, or Hunt for Red October, all novels which changed the playing field and i grew restless with it. it may make a good movie, though perhaps too much will have to be condensed and trimmed...but maybe at a break-neck pace you could make an almost strict actioner out of it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Buzz Scottsdale, AZ, United States 03-24-14
    Buzz Scottsdale, AZ, United States 03-24-14 Listener Since 2006
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    "Confusing and Unsatisfying"

    I know that Steinhauer has a legion of admirers, but I guess I'm not smart enough to be one of them. I simply couldn't follow the plot. It's one thing to be in the dark as events are occurring, but at the end, I do like to know how it all turned out, a desire that eluded me in The Tourist. Yes, there were several interesting characters and the action and motives, in isolation, did provide some excitement, but how it all fit together was something I, for one, never figured out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phil 07-08-13
    Phil 07-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "did not care for the book at all"
    What disappointed you about The Tourist?

    Topic of Suicide over and over at the first part of the book. Could not get past that.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something else.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James B Boerne, TX, USA 04-26-09
    James B Boerne, TX, USA 04-26-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Disappointing"

    Introducing information in bit and pieces and expansion of previously introduced events is a nice touch; on I haven't experienced to this extent before. I liked it.
    The ending left me cold. It was clearly intended to set up a follow-on book and diminished the story. This is the trap Patricia Cornwell fell into with her Scarpeta series. I don't listen to her books any longer and won't select the follow-on to this book either.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deb 03-28-09
    Deb 03-28-09
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    "Disappointing"

    After reading the reviews thought this would be great. It was disappointing - the first half didn't catch my interest. Then it picked up and intrigued me, but most of the time I didn't understand the whole premise, and still didn't at the end. So, in summary, it kept my interest enough to listen to the whole thing, but that's it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Clermont, FL, United States 05-16-09
    Terry Clermont, FL, United States 05-16-09
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    "Intrigue at its best!"

    So many twists and turns. One of the best spy stories I ever read. Olen Steinhauer is to intrigue what Stephen King is to horror. I must read more of his books. Starting today I think I will find another one to read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nick Chatham, IL, United States 04-14-09
    Nick Chatham, IL, United States 04-14-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Worth a listen"

    I liked the book. It was interesting, and an easy listen. I would have scored it as a 4 star book, but I couldn't stand the wife of the main character. I didn't think she was well written.

    Reader was a 3 out of 5 at best. Strange accents given to some of the characters (Wife Tina and Boss Granger to be specific)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard R 03-24-09
    Richard R 03-24-09 Member Since 2012

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    "Just Okay"

    I bought it because audible.com hyped it. It was billed as the new Le Carre, a spy novel for the thinking reader. It was just... meh. The author has that strange affectation to call the CIA "the Company", which nobody in the CIA or US government ever did. His geo-political scenario, built thinly on the Chinese demand for Sudanese oil, a Russian kingpin, and a rogue hit-squad in the CIA, is often laughable. This is an average spy novel, along the lines of Len Deighton or Robert Ludlum, often weak and thinly researched.

    The narration is very odd, and takes a while to get used to. A strange stop-and-start style by the narrator designed to impart meaning just sounds choppy and artificial. I nearly put it down, but persevered despite the poor narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pat La Mesa, CA, United States 10-28-09
    Pat La Mesa, CA, United States 10-28-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Not Le Carre"

    The L. A. Times review likened the book to a Le Carre novel. It certainly wasn't.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David A. Burrows Alaska 06-12-09
    David A. Burrows Alaska 06-12-09 Listener Since 2004
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    "Loved IT"

    I loved this book. The narrator was a little weak on some of the voices, but the plot and story were excellent. Definitely on par with Le'Carre

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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