The Travelers by Chris Pavone is supposed to be this fast-paced and thrilling spy novel but unfortunately, I was bored to tears. I’m a rather fast reader but I struggle to get through this one. The pacing was slow and the chapters were disjointed with periodic flashbacks that I became confused. On top of that these characters felt one-dimensional and flat. By the halfway point I didn’t care if they lived or die. But let me start from the beginning.
Will Rhodes, the main character in The Travelers is a travel writer whose life on the outside looks perfect and all-American. To many this would be relationship goals but behind the façade it’s pretty much boring with a seemingly crumbling marriage that’s hanging on by the thread. So like any man going through a mid-life crisis, Will hops on the opportunity of a lifetime because some hot sexy, beautiful woman gives him an out.
Like with all too good to be true things, Will suddenly finds himself in the middle of espionage and intrigued. Too bad it didn’t keep me interested. I was hoping for a Mr. and Mrs. Smith type vibe while reading but it never picked up for me. While the concept sounded great this book certainly lacked in execution. I mean an average Joe turned spy is a damn great idea. I’m just sad I didn’t enjoy this read the way the author intended for me to.
Still if quasi-spy thrillers are your thing I highly recommend The Travelers. I’m obviously in the minority with this book because many have enjoyed it.
I received this from Blogging for Books for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (January 10, 2017)