Review of “The Travelers”

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“The Travelers” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Chris Pavone (http://www.chrispavone.com). This is Mr. Pavone’s third novel.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story is set mostly in contemporary New York and Paris, but a few other international locales are also included.

The main character is Will Rhodes, a successful travel writer for Travelers Magazine. His wife, Chloe, was formerly a writer for Travelers, but now is a freelancer. They had only been married for a short time and they are having some problems.

Things get worse when Will is traveling abroad for the magazine and is seduced by a beautiful blonde. Before he knows what is happening, he is confronted and told he has no choice but to go to work for the CIA or a video of his indiscretion will be shown to Chloe.

Following orders to gather information on important people he meets while on magazine business, Will finds himself in a bit of danger on more than one occasion. Over the months as he is drawn deeper, he begins to suspect that he does not know the truth. He finds himself pursued by different people and he is not sure who, if any, are really with the CIA.

I enjoyed the 13.5 hours I spent reading this 448 page novel, though the beginning was very slow. In fact at the 10% point I almost called a Rule of 50 and gave up on the novel. Eventually the pace picked up and the story improved into a decent Spy Thriller. There seemed to be just too much details of the various characters daily lives at the beginning. I give this novel a 3.7 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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