Review: The Travelers

Review: The TravelersThe Travelers on January 10th 2017
Pages: 448
Goodreads
one-half-stars

A pulse-racing international thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats and The Accident.
It s 3:00 am. Do you know where your husband is? Meet Will Rhodes: travel writer, recently married, barely solvent, his idealism rapidly giving way to disillusionment and the worry that he's living the wrong life. Then one night, on assignment for the award-winning Travelers magazine in the wine region of Argentina, a beautiful woman makes him an offer he can't refuse. Soon Will's bad choices and dark secrets take him across Europe, from a chateau in Bordeaux to a midnight raid on a Paris mansion, from a dive bar in Dublin to a mega-yacht in the Mediterranean and an isolated cabin perched on the rugged cliffs of Iceland.
As he's drawn further into a tangled web of international intrigue, it becomes clear that nothing about Will Rhodes was ever ordinary, that the network of deception ensnaring him is part of an immense and deadly conspiracy with terrifying global implications and that the people closest to him may pose the greatest threat of all.
It's 3:00 am. Your husband has just become a spy.

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.

one-half-stars

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