I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

Book 10/30.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was one hell of a tome! My edition has 607 pages but that’s because the font is quite small and chapters are not spaced out to start on a different page. A lot of editions I have seen on Goodreads have well over 700/800 pages and there’s even an edition with 912 pages 😵‍💫

I Am Pilgrim is an espionage/spy thriller novel divided into four parts and while some sections of the 607 pages were dull, overall it was an enjoyable read that would make an entertaining movie/TV show. The titular Pilgrim is a top agent in a former super-secret US government spy agency called out of retirement to stop a terrorist’s plot. There is also a subplot of a murderess that adds an engaging angle to the main plot. Pilgrim is a badass at what he does, but his badassery was more tell than show as his “colleagues” were the ones who kept saying how remarkable he was, yet throughout the book he kept making rookie mistakes that someone who is supposedly as good as him had no business making. At all! I did not have a problem with that though as the author kept foreshadowing his mistakes and it was intriguing to see how they would blow up in his face and how he eventually fixed them. In particular, the final scene where Pilgrim confronted the terrorist made for an exhilarating AF read that would play out so well on screen. What I did have a problem with is Pilgrim’s internal monologue as it could get very douchey, if not downright racist. Luckily those monologues were not too many otherwise they would have sullied my reading experience.

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** A guide to ratings **
1 star – did not like it
2 stars – it was okay
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was amazing

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