The astonishing story of one man's breakneck race against time to save America from oblivion.
A YOUNG WOMAN MURDERED. All of her identifying characteristics dissolved by acid.
A FATHER PUBLICLY BEHEADED. Killed in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square.
A SYRIAN BIOTECH EXPERT FOUND EYELESS. Dumped in a Damascus junkyard.
SMOULDERING HUMAN REMAINS. Abandoned on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan.
PILGRIM. The codename for a man who doesn’t exist. A man who must return from obscurity. The only man who can uncover a flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.
'The plot twists and turns like a python in a sack... Visceral, gritty and cinematic.' The Times
‘A big, breathless tale of nonstop suspense.’ The New York Times
‘Simply one of the best suspense novels I’ve read in a long time.’ David Baldacci
'An all too plausible disaster for the world we live in. Great nail-biting stuff.' Robert Goddard
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
It’s exciting to read an espionage thriller that matches Le Carré for tension and intrigue yet moves along at a cracking pace. That’s exactly what this brilliant page-turner delivers. The debut novel from Terry Hayes—the veteran screenwriter behind Dead Calm and many iconic TV series, including Bodyline and Bangkok Hilton—is among the best we’ve read in a while.
Screenwriter and producer Hayes (Payback) makes his fiction debut with an exceptional thriller that boasts an utterly credible narrator who has had so many covert identities he can barely remember his original name. Soul-weary Scott Murdoch (aka the Pilgrim) has retired from the top echelon of ultrasecret espionage, but duty and faith in the human spirit call him back into service. A lone-wolf Middle Eastern native whom the Pilgrim code names "the Saracen" has a sure-fire bioterrorist plot to destroy the United States. In the cinematic chase that ensues, the action traverses the globe, from the Oval Office to the dusty trails of Afghanistan, each scene fleshed out in the smallest resonating detail (e.g., a Down syndrome child's laughter, the endless nausea of waterboarding). Like many pilgrimages, this one is painfully long and packed with unexpected menace, its glimpses of the goal fitful and far between, but readers will agree that this journey of body and soul is well worth the effort.
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First I've read by this author, goes straight into my Top5 best reads ever. I was gripped from page1. Well written with excellent plot
This book is great. Keeps u on the edge of your seat the whole way. I didnt want to put it down & wanted it to keep goin.... Only took me 2 weeks to complete the book. The weaving together of the stories, the complex drive & emotions of the individuals, simply the best & wondering what i can next since it will b difficult to surpass this book.
Gripping ,page turning . A bit of an epic in my humble opinion, found it in a hotel swap shop so didn’t know what to expect- A bit longer than my usual books but the storyline needs it.