Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):

Can you commit the perfect crime?

Pilgrim is the codename for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation.

But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. And it will take him to a rundown New York hotel room where the body of a woman is found facedown in a bath of acid, her features erased, her teeth missing, her fingerprints gone. It is a textbook murder - and Pilgrim wrote the book.

What begins as an unusual and challenging investigation will become a terrifying race-against-time to save America from oblivion. Pilgrim will have to make a journey from a public beheading in Mecca to a deserted ruins on the Turkish coast via a Nazi death camp in Alsace and the barren wilderness of the Hindu Kush in search of the faceless man who would commit an appalling act of mass murder in the name of his God.
***Many thanks to Net Galley and Atria books for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***

This insomniac's opinion:

This is, most definitely, not my preferred genre. However, a Goodreads friend(shout out to Lori, whom I only "know" via that site and our shared love of books) rated it very highly, so I thought I would give it a try. I am trying to read books out of my usual genre this year to expand my mind, or whatnot.
This novel is intelligently written and obviously well-researched. The bioterrorism is shockingly real and made me feel more than a little bit scared for the future of our world. I'll admit that it took me awhile to get into the book, but once halfway in, I could not put it down. It was a brutally and unflinchingly honest look into a world full of terror.

Worth staying up all night to read?

Yes, if you don't mind being frightened with very real scenarios of terrorism.


4 stars.

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