I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
I just want to take the time to mention that my reviews don’t follow the normal patterns and standards that most people use. I don’t like rating a book out of a certain score or using any stars. Honestly, I enjoy most of the books I read. I am much more comfortable with using a pass/fail system. It’s weird but I haven’t read anything in years that I could consider bad (except for the ending of one that sticks out). I am easily entertained and I can see the beauty in pretty much anything. I guess I’m just the world’s best audience.
On to the review…
I Am Pilgrim is your run of the mill mystery/thriller/action/suspense/war novel. It has all the characteristics of the best selling books in the genres typically have. I enjoyed this book immensely. It has been a while since I went out and read a book in this genre and it made me realize how much I have been missing it. Thanks to my mom for recommending it to me!
The book has this cliche spy character who is a genius at hunting people down. I can see how some people would be bored with this trope but it kept me entertained till the end. He solves some mysteries that I would never have even dreamed could be possible. The whole scene with the mirror was perfect.
The antagonist actually made me think. This book deals a lot with terrorism and biological warfare. I haven’t put too much though to biological warfare since Inferno by Dan Brown came out. This book made it real though. You have this lone-gunman type rogue who develops a biological virus capable of crippling the world. The story follows him growing up and what happened in his past that brought him down this road. It’s scary to think that something like this is totally possible. It’s the reason why we are so occupied with the assassinations of old presidents. There may have been a group behind it but in the end just one person could change history. That’s why this book actually spooked me out a little. All of this just feels so modern and possible.
This book is a decent length and it will keep the pages turning the whole ride. If you are looking to get into something in this genre I can’t recommend this one enough. It entertained me from start to finish and the story has stayed with me.