I Am Pilgrim

I Am Pilgrim

by Terry Hayes
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I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

“I Am Pilgrim is simply one of the best suspense novels I’ve read in a long time.” —David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A big, breathless tale of nonstop suspense.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“The pages fly by ferociously fast. Simply unputdownable.” —Booklist

A breakneck race against time…and an implacable enemy.

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid.

A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square.

A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard.

Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan.

A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

One path links them all, and only one man can make the journey.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410470515
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 07/23/2014
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 937
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Terry Hayes is the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Pilgrim and the award-winning writer and producer of numerous movies. His credits include Payback, Road Warrior, and Dead Calm (featuring Nicole Kidman). He lives in Switzerland with his wife, Kristen, and their four children.

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I Am Pilgrim 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 134 reviews.
Qwillery More than 1 year ago
I Am Pilgrim is a deeply engaging thriller by Terry Hayes. It's filled with everything I love about thrillers - great characters, a frightening scenario, the slow and unrelenting build of suspense, and a deeply layered story. Pilgrim is brilliant but so is Saracen, the person he is trying to track down to avoid a disaster of epic proportions. Watching Pilgrim's mind work is a real joy. He's clever and inventive. He is the first to admit to his shortcomings. He does make mistakes. He's not omniscient, but when it comes to investigating he has no peer. He puts things together is ways that are remarkable yet explainable (and are explained). This adds a great deal of depth and veracity to the novel. We get to see how Pilgrim thinks. He also works hard. He hunts down clues. He's a man of action when necessary. The Saracen is also very intelligent. His life history is slowly shown to the reader throughout the novel. The reader is privy to why he's become single-minded in his quest to bring down the United States. The Saracen is very, very patient. He is one man, more or less off the grid, planning unimaginable destruction. The plan he eventually concocts appears frighteningly real which heightens the intensity of the novel. In addition to trying to stop the Saracen, Pilgrim is also figuring out a couple of murders that are unrelated to the Saracen plot. I enjoyed this part of the story as well because it gave me additional opportunities to see Pilgrim in action and see how his mind works. I Am Pilgrim is a beautifully written novel with excellent pacing, wonderful twists and turns and plenty of action. The story not only switches back and forth between Pilgrim and Saracen, but there are flashbacks to Pilgrim's past. The reader gets to learn quite a bit about Pilgrim's life and who he is. Hayes handles this back and forth and the shifting story lines skillfully. There is a very strong cast of well-developed supporting characters who help or hinder Pilgrim in various ways. I Am Pilgrim is a nail-biter. Even after 600+ pages I was disappointed that the novel ended. I wanted keep reading about Pilgrim and to be in his mind a bit more. If you enjoy well-crafted, exciting espionage thrillers this is an absolute must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never written a review until i read this book. Must have!! Finally a real novel with depth. No skipping of pages like i have done with baldacci, cussler, and even clancy. I will be buying his next book as soon as it comes out. Kris
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable novel.  If you like Ludlum or early Tom Clancy - you have found a new author to follow.   I recommend you purchase this book and take a couple days off to read it.  An astounding read and one of the best.  Exceptional work and I cannot wait  for the author's next novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a page-turner this gripping for a long time. I neglected other priorities, stayed up past my usual bed time and read over lunch at work a couple days in a row just to find out what would happen next. Great read! There are lots of specifics about the book I really liked, but those would be spoilers. So, just pick up a copy and enjoy the ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to make this book last but I could not stop reading it; will recommend to everyone and look foward to other books by this new author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never written a book review before. I read over 300 books a year. This is the best book I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of books. So I have gotten a little picky over the years. So when I find a book that is pretty remarkable, I have to say something about it. Especially when it is a first novel. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes is such a book. Oh My Gosh! I remember seeing this book in an airport bookstore in Denver a couple months ago. The cover wasn't spectacular but for some reason I picked it up and read the blurbs and the synopsis and filed it away in the "to be read" box in my head. Fast forward to a week ago. I am in my little local library just seeing if there is anything new that would keep me busy and I noticed in the large print new releases, I Am Pilgrim. My memory kicked in and I remembered that I had wanted to give it a try. Large print didn't bother me, my eyes probably need it. So, I took it home. I was in the middle of reading another favorite author, Terry Brooks, but right before bed I picked up Pilgrim and read the first page. And the second, and the third and realized very quickly that I had found something special. It is a rare thing for this to happen. For me, only a handful of times. The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva, Hyperion by Dan Simmons, a very little known book by Martin Davies titled, The Conjurer's Bird, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Now, I add Mr. Hayes to the list. There is a depth to this book that rises it above most thrillers. A book I will actually remember as opposed to many that are just so much fluff. James Patterson comes to mind. There are some great thriller authors out there, Ben Coes, Marc Cameron, the late Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Matthew Dunn, Daniel Silva, Richard Doetsch, Greg Rucka. I read everything that is produced by these fine authors, but the only one that comes close to Hayes is Silva.Pilgrim begins with a brutal murder scene in New York City, a emotionally and physically wounded homicide detective and a brilliant investigator who has no name. From this beginning we learn all about this man, what he has done and where he has been. The action ranges from the dark days of 9/11 to the corridors of power in Washington DC, a farmhouse in North Dakota and to the mountains of the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan as well as a city square and a beheading in Saudi Arabia which leads to a birth of a new kind of terrorist that will be hunted to prevent the deaths of millions of people. Hayes brilliantly weaves the histories and locales of all of these disparate entities into a novel that at times you long to put down, but can't. Watching the matching of wits between the Pilgrim and the Saracen is a thing to behold. This book and Mr. Hayes are the real deal. I am ready for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terry Hayes is a well known screenwriter and this is his first novel. And what a debut. The Pilgrim (a name adopted by our hero in the book) has “retired” from a super secret department of intelligence known only as The Division. The Division was disbanded after 9/11 and this man of many names is living in Paris when a series of events causes him to return to the U.S. to protect his former identity. While in NY, he is observing the investigation of a murder in lower Manhattan. He quickly realizes that the murder is somehow tied to a book he authored under a pen name dealing with modern investigative techniques. Among the forensic evidence is a charred piece of paper with a set of numbers that don’t make any sense. And the murder is somehow connected to the main threat posed by the other main character in the book, code named the Saracen, which means Arab, or a Muslim who fights Christians, or simply, nomad. His formation begins watching his father executed in Saudi Arabia and progresses through the Afghan-Russian war to current post-9/11 terrorism. The Saracen has devised a massive bio-terrorism threat, and the development of this thread is detailed and disturbing. When the threat is recognized by the government, the Pilgrim is recruited back into service. He is not the perfect hero, and there are many twists and turns that will get your pulse beating rapidly. Despite being over 600 pages, the development of the story does not pause, coming to a heart pounding conclusion, and of course, the possibility of a sequel (although I would not bet my life on it). Don’t miss this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way too convoluted of a story. Only made it partway through and you too frustrated by the complex story within a story within a story, with pointless details and overly dramatic vague statements. I literally have no idea where the story is going because I get invested in one thing and then we have to go deeper into the back story... which then has its own back story, which then has it's own back door. I'm not reading 700+ pages of this.
JupFL_reader More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The writing was a bit trite at times. The wry comments made by the main character at the end of almost every chapter got a bit old. However, the book was very suspenseful with lots of twists and turns. It also took you across several countries investigating a crime (and a potential major crisis). I love the international flavor of the book. Overall - I highly recommend it as a vacation or weekend read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down -- storytelling at its best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best most thorougb books i have ever read,it rates up there with steven king in the details.I cant wait for the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the synopsis when this book popped on my list of recommendation and I preordered it knowing that is not a quick read. What an awesome and fascinating book, well researched and mesmerizing. Before long the pages flew and I was left wanting more. Highly recommended.
dheron More than 1 year ago
Great read!!! This is an exceptional book. I haven't read a spy thriller in years. I'm not even sure why I picked it. But boy am I glad I did. All of the characters are finely drawn. This is a complicated, deep plot. But the writing is so good that it just carries you along. I couldn't put it down. And I had a knitting project I needed to get done. Didn't matter. The knitting had to wait. I'm recommending this book to,everyone I know. Can't wait for Terry Hayes' next book. I wish I could tell him personally how much I enjoyed his first book.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I purchased this book based on the glowing reviews I read and am extremely disappointed. I am nearly 200 pages in and I still can't believe that some reviewers said they "could not put it down". I paid more for this book that I have on most and I am beginning to regret it. I've actually considered just not finishing it because I find myself starting to skim pages hoping that something will happen. Not worth the time or money in my opinion. I hope it gets better, I'm not sure how much more time I willing to invest .
Anonymous 11 months ago
Only read this if you have a few days at the beach because on the action and pace of the book, it is impossible to put down.
wemsh 11 months ago
This is a seriously great book. It will stay with you days after reading and the characters will haunt your thoughts. Buy it. Read it. Hope the author writes more!
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Stephen_Sottolano More than 1 year ago
I found this book extraordinarily entertaining and I'm not even a fan of the genre, but as far as spy thrillers go, Terry Hayes' I am Pilgrim is better than what I've read from Clancy and DeMille. What made the story so enthralling was the attention to detail at every turn and inside of every character back story. But Hayes doesn't try to overdo it he gives you just enough for you to intelligently lend your empathy to whoever you're rooting for. Obviously you'll be rooting for his main protagonist. With just the right amount of testosterone his character is only a few steps beyond beleivable, maybe this is his trick. Perhaps this is his send-up of the genre. As I said, I'm not a huge fan. But I am Pilgrim left me wanting more while leaving me afraid to start on another spy thriller for fear of it coming up short by comparison.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book.. Do not use as a sleep inducer! Too thrilling.
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I can't wait for this to be in theaters! If it's anything like the book, it will be a Blockbuster!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading, I was hooked. He is a genius at tying together stories within stories, until he hands you a neat package all tied up neatly at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book when it first came out and loved it then. Just re-read it and loved it just as much. So many twists and turns that it is impossible to put down. Eagerly awaiting a sequel!!