The Travelers by Chris Pavone
eBook review copy; 448 pages
hardcover ISBN-13: 9780385348485
The Travelers by Chris Pavone is a highly recommended twisty espionage/spy laced plot that is one big adrenaline rush.
Will Rhodes is a travel writer for a well-known, long established magazine, Travelers. He is recently married to Chloe, who used to write for Travelers,
and they are trying to fix up a dilapidated house that they inherited
from her father. From all appearances they are like many other
struggling young couples - with the exception of Will's job that sends
him traveling all over the world.
During one assignment he meets a gorgeous woman, Elle, who claims to be a
travel writer from Australia. She seduces him and, despite his protests
that he is a married man, he succumbs to her wiles. Bad choice. Elle
goes on to use his infidelity as a way to recruit him to do some
undercover espionage work for her. She claims she's with the CIA and he
was a purposeful choice because: “You travel around the world, in and
out of embassies and palaces and exclusive events, with press
credentials. With the impunity that comes from an ironclad legend. How
many people in the world have similar access and cover, do you think? A
Will's assignments become increasingly fraught with danger and he's
struggling with the lies he is telling Chloe, as well as his boss,
Malcolm Somers. But Malcolm and Chloe seem to have a few secrets of
their own. Additionally, surprise surprise, it doesn't appear that Elle
is being totally honest with Will.
Pavone provides plenty of incentive to keep flipping the pages in this
fast-paced, action-packed thriller. There are enough twists and turns
and globe-trotting to keep you glued to the pages to see what happens
next. Of course, you may wonder, as I did, why Will seemed to be so
thick-headed and missed the clues that were right in front of him. This
is another novel about secrets wrapped up in secrets, like the much
loved Expats (which I liked better than The Travelers in a book-to-book comparison).
The plot is complex and there are several characters you'll need to
follow at the beginning. I'd suggest just going with the flow and things
will become clear later on - but then other things will become more
complex. Pavone does an excellent job setting up the plot and moving
this novel along at a furious but smooth pace. The quality of the
writing is great There are parts where you will need to suspend
disbelief and, honestly, you may not like any of the characters in The Travelers, but it will provide exhilarating escapism with enough twists and reveals to keep you glued to the pages.
This is a perfect stuck-over-night-at-the-airport book, but you will find yourself keeping an eye on your fellow travelers.
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy
of Random House for review