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The astonishing story of one man's breakneck race against time…and an implacable enemy.

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid.

A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square.

A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard.

Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan.

A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

One path links them all, and only one man can make the journey.

Pilgrim.

©2014 Terry Hayes (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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  • B.J.
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 08-08-14

Please let this all be fiction.

Before I downloaded the book, I saw where another reviewer warned that it takes about 9 hours to get into it. That was VERY helpful info. I easily could have put it aside those first hours. I kept at it because of the warning and I'm very glad I did.

Hayes takes his time setting up the characters and the scenario. The first part of the book sounds and feels like non-fiction. It's interesting - because of the history and insight it provides - but it can be a little dry. It really lays a foundation so you can understand what makes people who they are. And then it turns into a rip-roaring page-turner.

I normally don't go for thrillers, but this one is exceptional. There's an expert pacing to everything that keeps you engaged even when there's no action. Hayes has a way of foreshadowing that also keeps the ball rolling. The characters are well formed, flawed and interesting. There's enough history thrown in that sometimes the events feel entirely plausible. Perhaps that's what makes it so engaging - and terrifying.

It all adds up to one thing: this is definitely a credit-worthy summer read.

156 of 166 people found this review helpful

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Wow

Would you consider the audio edition of I Am Pilgrim to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print but the reader had great voices for the characters and made a palatable difference in how it was presented.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The intricacies of the story were amazing and pulled the story together masterfully.

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best books I've every read. Such attention to detail and keeps the story going to the very end. Really great.

53 of 57 people found this review helpful

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Great story, great reading

I am Pilgrim is the thriller I have been looking for. It seems to me that the last decade has not produced very many great thrillers. Hayes' story I hope opens the door to a new wave of thrillers that don't rely too heavily on the protagonist having super human abilities. This story instead relies on old fashioned Ludlum style spycraft cunning.

What I liked here was the complexity of the tale. It weaves in and out of time, characters, plots, and it all hold together. I can't tell you how many authors I have read or listened to where the act of taking on multiple characters or timelines destroys what would have been pretty decent. Hayes pulls it off.

Ragland might be my new favorite narrator. I feel that he might have been a little too boyish for this character, but I gotta applaud him. First class story telling ability.

I highly recommend this book.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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curse you Terry Hayes...

I'd been warned. I didn't believe the lady on the NYC subway. I should have listened close to the subtle hint. This isten is almost 23 hours long and I couldn't PUT it down! *grumble* *sigh* Well done Terry Hayes.

I re-listened to this to act as moderator for a Goodreads online book club. It is just as good the second time around. Less urgency of course, but just as good.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Greg
  • North Alabama
  • 11-10-14

On par with Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn

If you could sum up I Am Pilgrim in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining. Enlightening. Compelling.

What about Christopher Ragland’s performance did you like?

Superb; Outstanding. Easy to listen to. The cadence of his reading, and his timing and intonations, dignify the story and make it even more compelling. His womens’ voices actually sound like women. I was slightly off-put by Ragland's attempts to effect the voice of a dangerous, experienced operative in his mid-thirties, as he does in this book’s many first-person passages, because his voice’s timbre sounds like that of a 22-year-old. This was by no means a deal breaker, for his narration is in all other regards so much better than other narrators'.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but it had a "deliciousness" of its own. It deserves savoring.

Any additional comments?

One of my favorites. Get This Book!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great story,great narration

The best thriller I have ever listened to or read.
I am 82 and have been reading mysteries and thrillers for over 60 years. The story is intense and so well narrated you can't stop listening.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Smartest Novel I've Heard or Read in Long time

You have to hang with this for about 9 hours before things start rushing at a rapid pace. During the first 9, I almost gave up numerous times because it seems so scattered and disconnected with no plot. But, you should trust the author. It is all related and set-up for the show: the race to try to prevent a realistic terrorist threat to spread vaccine-busting small pox in the USA.

93 of 107 people found this review helpful

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Best audiobook this year

Would you listen to I Am Pilgrim again? Why?

It is complex thriller with a seemingly plausible plot. It is engaging, exciting and doesn't insult one's intelligence. I highly recommend and plan on listening to it again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the characters were great.

What about Christopher Ragland’s performance did you like?

Just a damn good narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is suspensful.

Any additional comments?

I wish I listened to this audiobook on a nice long drive.

47 of 55 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic

What a lovely discovery. I am a fan of Terry's screenwriting and this book is a fantastic and well written yarn that manages to entertain on every level. Nuanced characters, dynamic plotting and well turned language. Enjoy it!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Waltham, MA, United States
  • 08-27-15

An engaging mystery/ terrorist thriller

This is a long spy thriller / mystery, but I enjoyed it to the end. An interesting first person narrator got my interest early. He is a young, brilliant guy with an interesting life story, and I liked him a lot. The plot has many strands which do eventually come together. The prime strand is a terrorist plot against the United States, with a fascinating terrorist. There is a stretch in the second half where not a lot happens, but then it kicks into overdrive for the final 5 hours, which are riveting. I liked the many twists and turns, and the many interesting characters. It could have been a little shorter, but still, overall, it is a very satisfying, smartly written thriller.

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