I am not typically a reader of the spy genre, but the premise of this book sounded interesting. In fact, everyone I spoke to whilst trying to slog my way through this novel also thought it sounded interesting – “A travel writer who gets recruited by the CIA? That sounds exciting!” – even as I attempted to detail my apparently inexplicable boredom while trying to read this.
The book did not pull me in right away. In fact, Travelers takes about a hundred pages to get through the setup and start getting into the actual plot of the novel. I understand the author needed to provide background and help us try to get to know the characters, but he did a poor job of creating any sympathetic characters. Actually, I never cared about any of the characters while reading this. Our protagonist, Will, could have died in any number of ways during his dangerous adventures, and I would not have cared, as I found him so thoroughly unlikeable and gullible. I also failed to comprehend why he and his wife were even still married, but since they both seemed to be miserable and duplicitous individuals, perhaps they deserved each other.
The last hundred pages of the book were where the plot finally started to pick up for me and held my interest, but I had read over 300 pages to get to the point where the plot began to become engrossing enough that I really wanted to find out how everything tied together. This book is probably more for die-hard fans of spy novels.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.