The Tourist, Steinhauer’s first contemporary novel after his award-winning historical series, was a runaway hit, spending three weeks on the New York Times best seller list and garnering rave after rave from critics. Now faced with the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to turn back to his old job as a “tourist”.
Before he can get back to the CIA’s dirty work, he has to prove his loyalty to his new bosses, who know little of Milo’s background and less about who is really pulling the strings in the government above the Department of Tourism—or in the outside world, which is beginning to believe the legend of its existence. Milo is suddenly in a dangerous position, between right and wrong, between powerful self-interested men, between patriots and traitors—especially as a man who has nothing left to lose.
©2010 Olen Steinhauer (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
I have read every one of Olen Steinhauer's audio books that are available to Canadians and love them all. The are all complex, have unusual plots and interesting locations. However, to trully understand and enjoy this audio book to the full, you must first read The Tourist which is the first book in the Milo Weaver series.
I recently started listening to Mr. Steinhauer's latest book, An American Spy, and realized that I would need to re-read The Nearest Exit in order to follow the intricacies of the plot. What a pleasure to listen to this book again. It was so fresh, with a plot elegantly woven and characters that intrigued. Please don't hesitate to listen to this book - it is definitely worth reading once - and yet again.
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I read The Tourist early in 2009 soon after it came out and I rated it as one of my top fiction books that year. These are both spy books. They are post 9/11 spy books, so they are not wrapped up in cold war like the original Borne books. They are as good, or better, than Robert Ludlum’s version of Borne. In many ways I would compare them to the movie version of Borne. They are consciously post-cold war. Like the movie version of Borne, the bad guys are both inside and outside the US government and the controllers of “the tourists” (the black-ops arm of the CIA) may be as bad as the bad guys they are trying to defeat.
The Nearest Exit follows right on the heals of The Tourist, but you do not realize it at first. I listened to this on audiobook and so I may have missed some of the written clues about the changing timelines. I was about half way through before I finally put all the clues together and remembered enough of the first book (it has been over a year) to finally figure out what was going on. From that point, it was much clearer and much more enjoyable book.
I often read several books at a time. But this one I listened straight through, more than 12 hours in just 3 days. I do not read many spy books, but these are good. I am a fan of tainted heroes. Milo Weaver, the hero of these books, is definitely not perfect, but he also is not one of those tainted heroes that you just do not want to like. He has a struggling marriage and devotion to his daughter. He is less of a super-hero than Borne. I am not a fan of heroes that walk out of serious car accidents like nothing happened. Weaver gets hurt, gets blindsided by other spies, etc. There is a clear ending in this book, but an opening for another sequel. I hope it is being written.
The audiobook narration was good, but was a different narrator than the first book.
An excellent sequel to The Tourist. David Pittu's narration was perfect. I hope they use him for An American Spy
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I've listened to all of the author's books on Audible and this is his best so far. It's tighter than the others, is well written and flows well. There were lots of twists and turns in an internatinal setting that made the book interesting and kept my attention. The character of Milo Weaver is a good one. I wonder at times how much of the European life descibed is the life lived to an extent by Steinhauer. If there is another in this series I'll look forward to it.
I have listened to every Steinhauer book that has been produced for Canadian listeners. This book was excellent: great characters, great story and great narrator. Highly recommended.
This story--the whole series--is like driving by a car wreck. Part fascination, part horror. A huge helping of pity. But I'm wholly invested in rooting for Milo. I like him. I'm repulsed by him. I don't understand him.
When a writer can do that to their reader, they've got skills.
Gud listen . . too many location changes for me and can't always keep the character names straight. . . but then I am getting old and senile. Definitely worth the price.
Laughter is the best medicine, but if you are laughing for no reason, you may need medicine.
This isn't a John LeCarre book and it isn't a Robert Ludlum book. It's more of a compromise between the two with much of the deeper intrigue of LeCarre with the understandable action of Ludlum. Spy novels are my weakness and this fits in just nicely with my tastes. If "The Company" by Robert Littell is your genre then this may not be for you but for the rest of us it's a great ride!
Best book I've read or listened to all year.
Erika Schwartz was the most unique and riveting female character. Warning: Angelina Jolie won't play this character, unless she puts on 200 pounds. Also, the main character evolves into the most fascinating spy since George Smiley. Just when you think you know who he is, something changes. I picture Kevin Spacey playing him.
This guy is a terrific reader. He has no tics that interfere. Every voice is distinct. All the foreign accents are genuine. All the foreign languages are correctly spoken. His reading is hypnotic.
This book is the climax of the trilogy but it could be read alone. it's well worth reading thru the other two to get to it. Every moment is gripping. The suspense is nearly unbearable.
Don't start it unless you can entirely give over your life to it. Don't listen while driving -- you may have to pull off the road. Don't listen while going to sleep -- you'll never get to sleep.
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