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The Tourist (book)

8 Ratings: 2.9
A book by Olen Steinhauer

From Publishers Weekly   Starred Review. Edgar-finalist Steinhauer takes a break from his crime series set in an unnamed Eastern European country under Communist rule (Liberation Movements, etc.) to deliver an outstanding stand-alone, a contemporary … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Mystery, Thriller, Spy Novel, Olen Steinhauer
Author: Olen Steinhauer
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1 edition (March 3, 2009)
8 reviews about The Tourist (book)
review by . February 18, 2010
Once a Company field agent (Tourist), rootless, alienated and contemplating suicide, Milo Weaver now has a new identity, a CIA desk job and a family, but when he's framed for the murder of a colleague (and friend) he slips the leash and goes rogue, determined to clear his name.    Steinhauer keeps the pages turning as he unpacks a multi-layered story, dark with cynicism, betrayal, politics and violence. There is no black and white, no sharp dilineation of right and wrong. Milo …
review by . May 27, 2009
I like spy novels but The Tourist just did not cut it for me.  The novel was engaging enough but rather average.  It was not a real page turner. The plot revolves around a rather interesting, odd, but somewhat likable character Milo Weaver.  He was a "tourist" in the CIA, or an agent without a home, just kind of wandering around doing what needed to be done for The Agency.  Having spent years as an assassin, chasing down those who the CIA wanted chased down, and doing all the …
review by . May 26, 2009
I like spy novels but The Tourist just did not cut it for me. The novel was engaging enough but rather average. It was not a real page turner.    The plot revolves around a rather interesting, odd, but somewhat likable character Milo Weaver. He was a "tourist" in the CIA, or an agent without a home, just kind of wandering around doing what needed to be done for The Agency. Having spent years as an assassin, chasing down those who the CIA wanted chased down, and doing all the …
review by . April 10, 2009
Brief Synopsis:  The protagonist, Milo Weaver, is a former Tourist from the CIA. As a tourist, he traveled from country to country learning information, protecting USA interests, eliminating threats, and other cool spy stuff. Since retiring, Weaver has become a husband and a step father. He is brought back into the world of espionage when one of his friends is believed to be a traitor selling USA secrets. Although he has a difficult time justifying his intent in setting up his friend he …
review by . March 10, 2009
The "Tourist" is the most complex, believable, and engaging espionage novel I've enjoyed in more than 20 years.     A "tourist", in the parlance of author Olen Steinhauer is a member of an elite group of CIA espionage assets whose assignments can include anything from special surveillance to assassination. They never know when and if they may be contacted or activated, and they travel under multiple identities, but always as a nondescript businessman-tourist. When the novel opens, …
review by . February 26, 2009
BRIEF SYNOPSIS:  The protagonist, Milo Weaver, is a former Tourist from the CIA. As a tourist, he traveled from country to country learning information, protecting USA interests, eliminating threats, and other cool spy stuff. Since retiring, Weaver has become a husband and a step father. He is brought back into the world of espionage when one of his friends is believed to be a traitor selling USA secrets. Although he has a difficult time justifying his intent in setting up his friend he …
review by . February 11, 2009
Olen Steinhauer's has written a very impressive first novel! The proof - most days I will read about 30-40 pages of whatever book I happen to have in front of me. However, "The Tourist" was so encompassing that I could rarely pull away before I had engulfed about 100 pages!     The premise is a bit typical to a spy novel - all of you have read Robert Ludlum will be familiar with how the novel plays out. In fact, fans of the "Bourne" series will find some strong similarities. …
review by . January 25, 2009
In the interest of full disclosure, I must confess I rarely read this type of spy-thriller novel. That said, I was very impressed by this novel and enjoyed it much more that I anticipated. The writing is tight and the author avoids the tendency to lapse into stereotypical spy novel dialogue. The action in the book moves fast, and I can already seen in my head the blockbuster movie that could be made from this story.     Milo's relationship with his wife Tina and step-daughter …
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