The Travelers by Chris Pavone



Genre: Spy-Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Pages: 448

Published by Crown




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.

No, I don’t make it common practice of writing reviews of “DNF” books, but when I put an effort into becoming involved with the story and there is a big resounding “NO. Cannot finish.” I try to give back as to the reasons WHY. That is only fair, isn’t it? To share why I could not finish, why I couldn’t become attached to the story. There are far too many books that I have to read to spend on a book I simply can’t get into. I made it to page 100 and found that I still wasn’t either getting the story or just not growing attached to it.

No, this isn’t my usual read. I was offered this via First To Read and while I do enjoy espionage this particular book was rather dry and…wasn’t going anywhere. I can imagine it all adds up to a big surprise at the end or near end… but there wasn’t enough to keep me lured in. There were small instances here and there, that you KNOW are relevant to the end, but it left me just bored. There is a lot withheld from the reader so it puts you in the same position as Will, the main character. But…the topic was just rather…blah.

Unfortunate, because the idea intrigued me. But so many books, so little time.


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