An American Spy

An American Spy

by Olen Steinhauer
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An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer

"Another must-read from the best novelist working today in the tradition of John le Carré." —Booklist (starred)

In Olen Steinhauer's bestseller, The Tourist, reluctant CIA agent Milo Weaver uncovered a conspiracy linking the Chinese government to the highest reaches of the American intelligence community, including his own Department of Tourism—the most clandestine department in the Company. The shocking blowback arrived in the Hammett Award–winning The Nearest Exit when the department was almost completely wiped out as the result of an even more insidious plot.

Following on the heels of these two spectacular New York Times bestsellers comes An American Spy, Steinhauer's most outstanding thriller yet. With only a handful of "tourists"—CIA-trained assassins—left, Weaver would like to move on and use this as an opportunity to regain a normal life focused on his family. But his former boss, Alan Drummond, can't let it go. When Alan uses one of Milo's compromised aliases then disappears, calling all kinds of attention to himself , Milo must hunt him down.Worse still, it's beginning to look as if the department's enemies are gearing up for a final, fatal blow.

With An American Spy, Olen Steinhauer, by far the best espionage writer in a generation, delivers a searing international thriller.

An American Spy is one of The New York Times Notable Books of 2012.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848876033
Publisher: Atlantic Books (UK)
Publication date: 03/28/2012

About the Author

OLEN STEINHAUER, the New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, is a two-time Edgar award finalist, a Dashiell Hammett award winner and has been shortlisted for the Anthony, the Macavity, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and the Barry awards. Raised in Virginia, he lives in Budapest.

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An American Spy 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I regret that it's the third book in a trilogy. I read the first 2 back to back and then had to wait for An American Spy. The read was worth the wait, but I hope a new trilogy will launch.. with less of an interval. Great author. Try his other books, too, all excellent reads for the genre.
gusdiana More than 1 year ago
Well written, excellent character and story development. I appreciate that Steinhauer can give a realistic international perspective on American influence in the spy genre. I love that the story has to be discovered by the reader and that the wrap up is at the end. It is not for a lzay reader,it is not just laid out and alittle thought is required of the reader. Once again, well done.
silencedogoodreturns More than 1 year ago
A great read, and a welcome addition to spy novels. Following his books The Tourist and The Nearest Exit, Steinhauer continues his global-trotting story of an American spy raised through an off the books CIA special unit. His plotting is dense and intricate, and far more worthy than the usual pulp fiction we get today. I note many learned reviewers and authors compare him to John Le Carre; close perhaps. My only beef about that is Steinhauer's cartoonish high body count in each novel. It really detracts from the realism his stories could provide. Le Carre might have one body in each novel...much more realistic. But highly entertaining reading nonetheless, and well worth your time, though the many characters and moving back and forth in time can get confusing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a sequel to the tourist this left much unexplained. It was different than The Tourist in that it explored the machinations of the supposed "bad guys" as well as the "good guys." I was never gripped with the "I can't put this down" syndrome and don't know that I'd rush to reah any more Steinhauer books. And I still can't believe a rogue senator hasn't been exposed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An American Spy- After really enjoying the first two books I waited with great anticipation for almost 2 year for An American Spy. As soon as it was available on the Nook pre-order, I secured my opportunity to devour the 3rd book in this trilogy. The day finally came.......I'm ready to find my lost love. Well, the first 80 pages tested every ounce of patience I had, I was bored to tears. I read 3 pages at a time and turned out the lights. I kept thinking, "Did a different author write this first part?" "Where is Milo.....where is the excitement...where is the action?" Finally, after about 80 pages of Chinese characters, we were blessed with the return of Milo et al. But keep going long enough, and it just got too COMPLICATED by the time it was all said and done. By the time I got to page 300, I said, "I'm done, I don't care anymore!" I couldn't even muster up the strength or patience to read another page! So, the last 36+ pages, I fanned though. The End.........sorry Milo, I love you, but I'm over you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't read an earlier installments of this series, so perhaps that is why it was a bit confusing....also all of the jumping around of dates didn't help...the main character was good...the female characteres were annoying. But overall a very interesting take on the "spy world." I'd give the author another chance and read the next book in the series, just to see what happens to the Milo.
ebooks18 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful end to the trilogy. Don't keep us waiting another 2 years for the next offering.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are about a dozen confusing and confused characters, some American and some Chinese. Some travel great distances, using many name and flight changes only to be met by the person they are avoiding for reasons that are murky. I was unable to figure out what was supposed to be going on and finally could not care less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read about 50 pages . the writing is obtuse( maybe lost in translation), the characters are uninteresting. the plot is uninvolving, whilst being unnecessarily complex. What was the publisher thinking to publish such rubbish? Straight to "trash" or "archive"!
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
This final novel in the trilogy picks up after the slaughter, in the previous novel, of 33 “tourists” engineered by the Chinese spymaster, Xin Zhu, head of the Expedition Agency of the Sixth Bureau of the Ministry of State Security, setting the stage for a complicated plot in which Milo Weaver, one of the few surviving “Tourists,” is a reluctant participant. The ensuing events are like a chess match played blindfolded. The Tourists department of the CIA is shut down in the aftermath of the slaughters, and its chief of six months, Alan Drumond, and Milo are unemployed and seeking jobs. But Alan can’t let go and comes up with a scheme to “get” Xin Zhu and revenge what has happened. This sets off a chain of events causing each participant to make moves and countermoves without really knowing what the game really is all about. Nor does the reader. All in all, the trilogy is a wonderful work, and this novel caps the previous two by being even better-plotted and -written. The characterizations are marvelous and the unexpected twists in the plots sometimes ingenious. The insights into the way the Chinese Republic is governed, and the minds and machinations of its officials, is worth every struggle the reader has with the myriad number of names and the devious plotting of the principals. By all means go out and get a copy and read this fine work. Highly recommended.
luftpause More than 1 year ago
No focus. Poor writing. Sorry I spent the money on this trash.
Drewano 11 months ago
‘An American Spy’ is well written and planned, but it’s execution left something to be desired. The book is very slow, especially at the beginning. The plot is shown from several different angles which fills in little gaps each time you see them so that eventually gives the reader the whole picture. The problem with that is the reader sees the same scene 3-4 times which makes it a bit repetitive and adds to the slow feeling. The plot is interesting but leaving the ending left something to be desired for me as I didn’t feel like it really closed up the story.
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I made it to page 113. After reading other reviews, sounds like it's not getting to get any better. Life's too short to waste it on poorly written novels.
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