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‘I Am Pilgrim’ by Terry Hayes

‘Action, Intel, Clumsy Foreshadowing’
Score: 4/5

Terry Hayes

I’d never heard of Terry Hayes and I’m still not sure who he is – all I really know is he was in the film industry and this is his first book.

The background in the film industry shows throughout this book. The pace is fast, the settings are colourful, the dialogue is snappy. Like The Da Vinci Code it feels not just ready to be made into a film, but as if it almost came from an existing film.

There are many similarities to The Da Vinci Code – not just the pace, but the action, the tone, and even the clumsy foreshadowing.

Yes, there’s a lot of foreshadowing in this book. And a lot of it really is clumsy, just the way Dan Brown talked about the size of parachutes in the opening chapter of ‘Angels And Daemons’. The book is littered with comments like I-didn’t-pay-attention-to-so-and-so-but-if-I-did-so-many-wouldn’t-have-died. It really is tiresome.

But apart from getting really tired of All The Ruddy Foreshadowing it’s not a bad romp – a good thriller for this millennium.

Categories: 4 Word Book Reviews
Permalink #.Posted by 'geoff' on Saturday, 07 December 2013 at 6:40PM

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