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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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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 03-28-09
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 03-28-09 Member Since 2015

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    I suppose most of us that listen to audio books are on the lookout for new authors that we might enjoy. There are so many here in audible.com. Often you don't read a book because of bad reviews others write when you're really not sure if it would be good or bad. I'd never heard of Steinhauer and read somewhere here in audible.com, maybe the home page, where Nelson DeMille, another author I think, said this was a really good book. Well, I read it and I agree it is a really good book. Interesting character development, interesting twists and turns, you find yourself likeing some of the different characters. Just before typing this review I saw Steinhauer has other books here in audible. I'll have to check them out.

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    Egon Wayne, NJ 03-24-09
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    "Good story, delivery only fair"

    The story is interesting, but the author has made it so complicated by trying to put too much into it, that it loses some of its edge. In other words, much of the narrative should have been edited out. But, on the whole, it's a worthwhile read.

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    Bernie Las Vegas, NV, USA 03-22-09
    Bernie Las Vegas, NV, USA 03-22-09
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    "Interesting plot . . . twists. Thumbs up!"

    At first, it was difficult to get used to the word inflections and cadence of the narrator. I started to regret the purchase and darn near stopped listening, but once I was able to accept the narrator's style(took about an hour)the book became the spy thriller it was reviewed to be. Once I got used to the narrator, I couldn't stop listening to seee what would happen next. Seems to me that the author has set Milo up for a great series; can't wait for book II. Bottom line is this: Great story, average storyteller/narrator - but still makes for an above-average listening experience. I would recommend it.

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    James Chicago, IL, United States 03-21-09
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    "homage"

    A homage to "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold."
    Complicated but excellent view of the Western spy machinery today... thrilling.
    very well matched to the reader

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    Michael Lake Forest, CA, USA 03-18-09
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    "Follow the Bouncing Ball . ."

    CIA, Homeland Security, Agents and Double Agents. A fast moving story. One you have to pay attention to as it expertly brings together seemingly unrelated events to an unexpected climax.

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    Consumer Queen Chicago, IL 03-15-09
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    "Creative Twist on Espionage"

    It can be a rather fractured story-line for audio; remember the names of the characters, places, and time periods in which they fit. The book is engaging, absorbing and considering the topic, inventive. Do not read the book if you are not prepared for a sad ending, which compelled me to write.

    Highly recommended.

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    Alexis Richmond, CA, USA 03-12-09
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    I found myself torn over this audiobook. The genre is one of my absolute favorites. I was drawn to the author because at Amazon, he was consistently touted as "heir to Le Carre." But the plot seems to me very cliched, and I had some difficulty liking most of the characters. On reflection and careful review of the reviews, I have come to suspect that my problems may have been with the narrator, not the author. At any rate, it was well worth the time invested, and it is important to support younger authors with promising careers. I'll be watching to see the reactions of other Audible customers.

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    "Really BAD!"

    I love listening to audible books and have listened to over 100. I rate most of the books I listen to 4 or 5 stars, but this book is poorly written and read. The story line is anti-american and just plain boaring. There are so many good books out there, don't waste your money on this one.

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    tinaswfl 04-07-09
    tinaswfl 04-07-09
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    "listen carefully"

    this was one of the best books i've heard in awhile. certainly lives up to its excellent press reviews. the author deals with a complex interplay of myriad espionage and counter espionage agencies that are active around the globe and personal motivations that inevitably affect how these programs are carried out. i was interested from the beginning and couldn't stop listening. the book did require some careful listening, but i thought the narrator was excellent at differentiating the characters and keeping the story flowing. this is more a thriller of motivation and interaction than shoot 'em up, but there's plenty of action, too.

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    Eric Westbrookville, NY, United States 04-05-09
    Eric Westbrookville, NY, United States 04-05-09 Member Since 2008
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    "If you like confusion..."

    This is the book for you....just not the typical suspense novel that you are used to. I had to listen to some sections twice to understand what just happened.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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