Book Review: The Travelers by Chris Pavone

I’m going to dive right into it. I have no idea where to start my thoughts on this book. There were a few ups and downs for me. A few disappointing moments. A few moments that exceeded expectations.

The Travelers by Chris Pavone is an international spy thriller mainly centered around Will Rhodes, a recently married thirty-something travel writer for the magazine The Travelers. When on assignment in Argentina, Will makes a bad choice and he soon finds himself entangled in a web of international intrigue and deception. It’s 3 am and Will has just become a spy.

The prologue set the stage very well for the whole novel. However, it also raised my expectation for what the feel of the whole book would be – which is where I was slightly disappointed. I went in thinking that this was going to be a story where something exciting is happening on every page and you literally can’t put it down or you will lose your momentum.

Nope, turns out it was kind of a slow burn for me. That isn’t a bad thing though!

Pavone did an amazing job weaving this whole story together; it did take a few chapters for 9780385348485me to get used to his writing style. It was very quick, no filler or fluff, barely time to take breath in between sentences. It’s written in third person, so you get to read the story lines about a few of the main players in addition to the main character Will Rhodes. A spy thriller with normal relationship ups and downs thrown in.

What I really liked about this book in addition to Pavone’s writing style is that it kept me guessing who was who, good or bad, CIA or not, important or not important, right up until the end. You get clues here and there throughout the book, but just enough to always second guess yourself until everything is revealed.

While I wish the climax and ending had a little more, it didn’t take away from the whole of the story at all. Pavone did an amazing job executing realistic situations and not making it feel like an over dramatized action movie – because not everything needs to be blown up or life and death situations, something reality is not.

So if you’re looking for an international spy thriller with a little drama that will kick your heart rate up a notch or two, this book is a great choice!

Is this getting a spot on your TBR? Have you read it already? Have you read his other books?

Happy Reading!


This book was released by Penguin Random House on March 8, 2016.
For more info on the book and the author, check out the links below.

**I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review. This did not in any way sway my review.

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