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ISBN13: 9781439177723
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This astonishing debut espionage thriller depicts the collision course between two geniuses, one a tortured hero and one a determined terrorist, in a breakneck story reminiscent of John le Carré and Robert Ludlum at their finest.

PILGRIM is the code name for a world class and legendary secret agent. His adversary is a man known only to the reader as the Saracen. As a young boy, the Saracen barely sees his dissident father beheaded in a Saudi Arabian public square. But the event marks him for life and creates a burning desire to destroy the special relationship between the US and the Kingdom. Everything in the Saracen's life from this moment forward will be in service to jihad.

At the novel's opening, we find ourselves in a seedy hotel near Ground Zero. A woman lies face down in a pool of acid, features melted off her face, teeth missing, fingerprints gone. The room has been sprayed down with DNA-eradicating antiseptic spray. All the techniques are pulled directly from Pilgrim's book, a cult classic of forensic science written under a pen name.

In offering the NYPD some casual assistance with the case, Pilgrim gets pulled back into the intelligence underground. What follows is a thriller that jockeys between astonishingly detailed character study and breakneck globetrotting. The author shifts effortlessly from Pilgrim's hidden life of leisure in Paris to the Saracen's squalid warrior life in Afghanistan, from the hallways of an exclusive Swiss bank to the laboratories of a nefarious biotech facility in Syria.

The inevitable encounter between Pilgrim and the Saracen will come in Turkey, around the murder of a wealthy American, in a thrilling, twisting, beautifully orchestrated finale.

Review:

"Screenwriter and producer Hayes (Payback) makes his fiction debut with an exceptional thriller that boasts an utterly credible narrator who has had so many covert identities he can barely remember his original name. Soul-weary Scott Murdoch (aka the Pilgrim) has retired from the top echelon of ultrasecret espionage, but duty and faith in the human spirit call him back into service. A lone-wolf Middle Eastern native whom the Pilgrim code names 'the Saracen' has a sure-fire bioterrorist plot to destroy the United States. In the cinematic chase that ensues, the action traverses the globe, from the Oval Office to the dusty trails of Afghanistan, each scene fleshed out in the smallest resonating detail (e.g., a Down syndrome child's laughter, the endless nausea of waterboarding). Like many pilgrimages, this one is painfully long and packed with unexpected menace, its glimpses of the goal fitful and far between, but readers will agree that this journey of body and soul is well worth the effort. Agent: Jay Mandel, WME. (May) " Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"The narrative is thrilling: the tension tightens with action....It's a murder mystery, an illuminating account of contemporary international politics and a study of an unusual man....An excellent thriller which as a first novel is really remarkable." Literary Review, UK

Review:

"The pages fly by ferociously fast. Simply unputdownable." Booklist

Review:

"Once you start this taut and muscular thriller, you won't be able to put it down." Library Journal, starred review

Review:

"Debut novelist Hayes brings well-refined storytelling chops to...[good] entertainment for readers with a penchant for mayhem, piles of bodies and a lethal biochemical agent or two." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Terry Hayes is the award-winning writer and producer of numerous movies. His credits include Payback, Road Warrior, and Dead Calm (featuring Nicole Kidman). He lives in Switzerland with his wife, Kristen, and their four children.

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Sheila Deeth, July 22, 2015 (view all comments by Sheila Deeth)
Author Terry Hayes has created a library of stories and character with this beautifully woven world-spanning mystery. Whole civilizations are at stake, and wholly real antagonists strive for large and small gains. Within it all, a man of mystery flees his past in search of self, only to find freedom is a concept as tenuous as self-determination.

One first-person narrator carries the tale. He’s a man of mystery, a man who has done great and gruesome deeds for his country, and this novel doesn’t gloss over the pain of gunshot, torture or terror. But the writing is spare and powerful, with no gloating over human mystery.

At first introduction, he’s solving a crime scene, creating a new antagonist from clues, like a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. Soon the character he’s made is real, and the scene is set to believe a wealth of other third-person tales, told through his investigation. These stories never feel like unnecessary digressions, even as they multiply; they provide real insights into the worlds and desires of the people this pilgrim meets -- which is what I meant by saying I Am Pilgrim contains a library of stories.

Every detail matters here. Every insight waits to be proven or shattered. Every coincidence bears its own consequence with unrelenting strength. And mistakes are just as deeply consequential as accidental successes, with just the right amount of foreshadowing to make it all seem real.

I Am Pilgrim is a long novel because it has to be, not because the writer set out to write long. It’s as tightly woven as a terrorist plot, as perfectly soluble as a Sherlock Holmes mystery, and as filled with world-spanning characters and insights as Lawrence of Arabia. It deserves all the accolades and bookstore displays it’s received. And I love it.

Disclosure: I delayed reading it because it was long. Now I’m wondering why I waited so long. I love this book.
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ewhatley, August 13, 2014 (view all comments by ewhatley)
You may have read books about agents in deep cover chasing terrorists all over the world, and this is another one. BUT, this is not an ordinary agent or an ordinary terrorist - they are both the best at what they do. This book is 600 pages of WOW. Action, suspense, great characters, nerve-racking situations, etc., it's all here and so well written. I loved that there was no gratuitous sex or romance, in my opinion they both waste pages. This is a must read for fans of suspense and/or espionage.
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Shauna B, June 30, 2014 (view all comments by Shauna B)
Holy smokes! What a tour de force this is! They are not kidding when they say this is a thriller. This book is not a "quick" read because I found myself wanting to re-read sentences and paragraphs over again just so the information would truly sink in and I could really experience this book. The writing is brilliant and masterful and packed full of suspense. Completely unputdownable and at 607 pages, I really felt immersed in this novel and found myself wanting more. This writer is a genius and I cannot wait until his next novel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439177723
Subtitle:
A Thriller
Author:
Hayes, Terry
Publisher:
Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Thrillers
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20140527
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
228.6 x 152.4 mm

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Product details 624 pages Atria/Emily Bestler Books - English 9781439177723 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Screenwriter and producer Hayes (Payback) makes his fiction debut with an exceptional thriller that boasts an utterly credible narrator who has had so many covert identities he can barely remember his original name. Soul-weary Scott Murdoch (aka the Pilgrim) has retired from the top echelon of ultrasecret espionage, but duty and faith in the human spirit call him back into service. A lone-wolf Middle Eastern native whom the Pilgrim code names 'the Saracen' has a sure-fire bioterrorist plot to destroy the United States. In the cinematic chase that ensues, the action traverses the globe, from the Oval Office to the dusty trails of Afghanistan, each scene fleshed out in the smallest resonating detail (e.g., a Down syndrome child's laughter, the endless nausea of waterboarding). Like many pilgrimages, this one is painfully long and packed with unexpected menace, its glimpses of the goal fitful and far between, but readers will agree that this journey of body and soul is well worth the effort. Agent: Jay Mandel, WME. (May) " Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "The narrative is thrilling: the tension tightens with action....It's a murder mystery, an illuminating account of contemporary international politics and a study of an unusual man....An excellent thriller which as a first novel is really remarkable."
"Review" by , "The pages fly by ferociously fast. Simply unputdownable."
"Review" by , "Once you start this taut and muscular thriller, you won't be able to put it down."
"Review" by , "Debut novelist Hayes brings well-refined storytelling chops to...[good] entertainment for readers with a penchant for mayhem, piles of bodies and a lethal biochemical agent or two."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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