What it’s about:
It’s 3:00am. Do you know where your husband is?
Meet Will Rhodes: travel writer, recently married, barely solvent, his idealism rapidly giving way to disillusionment and the worry that he’s living the wrong life. Then one night, on assignment for the award-winning Travelers magazine in the wine region of Argentina, a beautiful woman makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Soon Will’s bad choices—and dark secrets—take him across Europe, from a chateau in Bordeaux to a midnight raid on a Paris mansion, from a dive bar in Dublin to a mega-yacht in the Mediterranean and an isolated cabin perched on the rugged cliffs of Iceland. As he’s drawn further into a tangled web of international intrigue, it becomes clear that nothing about Will Rhodes was ever ordinary, that the network of deception ensnaring him is part of an immense and deadly conspiracy with terrifying global implications—and that the people closest to him may pose the greatest threat of all.
It’s 3:00am. Your husband has just become a spy.
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The Travelers by Chris Pavone is a suspenseful spy thriller. The author has created a tangled web of deceit and intrigue in which it is frequently hard to figure out who is the spider and who is the fly.
The intriguing story covers the globe from New York to Argentina to Capri to Iceland with many more stops along the way. The well-paced plot is about a spy ring or two, one of which may or may not be sanctioned by a government. I loved the premise of a travel magazine being the cover for a spy ring. It’s a clever and realistic idea. The Travelers reminded me of old television programs like Man from U.N.C.L.E., I Spy and Mission Impossible.
The story is told in short chapter bursts that quickly transition from one character and scene to another. Some of the characters, such as Will and Malcom, are fairly well developed and their part in the story is clearly established, while other characters remain nameless and mysterious in their initial scenes. This does add to the intrigue and suspense. Some of those enigmatic characters are not too hard to figure out, and others’ motives are never fully explained.
There were times I thought Pavone put in too much detail and other times where I was left lost in one of the story lines. By the end, Pavone pulls the various threads together, and the main character, Will, becomes less of a dupe. The tension builds to an explosive culmination where all is revealed to Will and the reader. The Travelers is a fun escape for anyone but especially for conspiracy theory fans.