Set aside a good chunk of time before you crack the cover on The Travelers by Chris Pavone. Holy page turner, Batman! Did you read The Expats? This new novel from Pavone has the same crazy, non-stop action, globetrotting, spy story feel to it.
The basic idea here is that Will Rhodes, a travel magazine writer with a passport full of stamps from all over the world, gets thrown a curve ball after an encounter with a mysterious woman. On the side is a story of another unidentified woman who, with the help of undercover tactics and spy gear, murders in cold blood. And then there's the magazine's editor - what on earth is he up to?
There are so many threads weaving through this novel, but Pavone finds a way to end each character's installment with a cliffhanger that keeps driving you forward. Each chapter feels like a puzzle, with a piece filled in here and there.
Let's just say that when my kid fell asleep in the car on the way to the grocery store, I may or may not have sat in the car and read this book under the auspices of letting him sleep. No, this is probably not the most realistic or believable novel you will ever read, but man, is it ever a fun read that will transport you all over the world and into the underground world of spies.