I read this book a couple of years ago when it first came out, but I spotted it on the library shelf on my last visit and wanted to give it another read.
The book takes several points of view spanning several different time periods and countries.
The first character is a man formerly known as Scott Murdoch. Scott was one of the best agents in the United States secret service branch called The Division. This was the branch that policed the secret world. After leaving the organisation he writes a book and tries to adapt to the normal world.
Enter Ben Bradley, New York cop, who tracks down Scott Murdoch after his book is published under a false name. Their friendship will lead them both to new places.
Finally, the last character. The Saracen. Brother, Son, Terrorist, Jihadi.
The book starts at a murder and ends in saving the world. We travel the globe as we learn the history of the Saracen, his life’s work against the evil of the western world.
We learn about Scott Murdoch and the twists and turns his life took,
Ultimately these two men face off and the result could end the world as we know it.
I am Pilgrim is one of the best thrillers I have ever read.
From the way it is written, to the story line, to the characters it is absolutely perfect.
The book tells us the story of the characters. We learn about their past, their struggles and what drives them. This leads up to the chase. How a retired secret agent must track the most dangerous terrorist in the history of the world. Whose plan will bring about the annihilation of thousands.
What makes this stand out for me amongst other thrillers is that we learn the history and motives of the characters. Both are flawed. Both had significant events in their childhood that make them the men they are. It’s not a super spy against a villain. It’s two real men against each other and it’s anyone’s guess who will win. It shows the humanity in both sides and the evil in both sides. It makes them relatable and understandable.
It’s a book that takes this story very seriously. The evolution of the characters, the way we learn what drove each man to where they stand, and what matters to them is a masterpiece. Terry Heyes has written an absolutely remarkable book.
If you read nothing else this year, read this book.
Missed last week’s book review? Check it out here! A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee.