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An American Spy (Milo Weaver 3) (vuoden 2013 painos)

– tekijä: Olen Steinhauer (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Milo Weaver (3)

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4032146,978 (3.65)36
When the CIA's Department of Tourism is dismantled by an elaborate Chinese intelligence scheme that has caused numerous agent deaths, survivor Milo Weaver is placed at risk by his former boss, Alan Drummond, who uses one of Milo's aliases to exact revenge.
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Teoksen nimi:An American Spy (Milo Weaver 3)
Kirjailijat:Olen Steinhauer (Tekijä)
Info:Corvus (2013), Edition: Main, 400 pages
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An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer is the third installment featuring ex-CIA agent / assassin Milo Weaver and his quest to live his life in peace and quiet. Mr. Steinhauer is a writer, TV show creator who has been nominated for several awards.

Xin Zhu, of the Chinese intelligence, is roaming around China trying to figure out how the CIA will retaliate after he had 33 agents killed. The rest of the Chinese intelligence apparatus is not happy with Xin Zhu’s actions, but he is not punished.

Milo Weaver is back home after linking the Chinese government to the destruction of CIA’s Tourism Department. Milo would like to spend the rest of his life with his family, raise their daughter and disappear off the radar of the intelligence agencies.

Milo’s former boss, Alan Drummond, can’t let the fact that 33 Tourists died under his watch and uses one of Milo’s compromised aliases to go to London, and disappear.

I enjoyed the two previous Milo Weaver books The Tourist and The Nearest Exit, very much, and was looking forward to read An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer. What I got, however, was a tale which was an effort to read and understand, convoluted, and while interesting, not nearly as riveting as the first two books. I do applaud the author for trying something different, it takes guts and considerable talent to pull something like this off.

There are a lot of moving parts in the book, from previous characters who played minor roles, to minor characters who played major roles previously, to new characters who took over the story. The tale goes round and round but does not move forward as quickly and effortlessly as expected. Mr. Steinhauer refuses to make this novel easy for his readers, but the relish in which he writes, creating a world full of paranoia is worth the effort.

Usually there is a murder, many chapters later the same murder is replayed, this time though through the eyes of another which gives the reader more insight of what happened, why, and by who. This technique worked well, but is overdone to the point of confusion.

One of the major selling points of the series, is that gloomy Milo Weaver questions his line of work, the ethics of it, his boss, and the world he knows. This novel has no such qualms, which I felt gave the series some gravitas, and made it more human.

Milo could have sat this novel out, there is very little of him in it. He is still recovering from a gunshot wound, watches what he eats and what he does.

The plotting is very intricate, but the character development which was the star in the Mr. Steinhauer’s books is not here. I’m looking forward to see where the author will take the series from here as he is, in my opinion, one of the best espionage authors currently writing. ( )
  ZoharLaor | Nov 12, 2019 |
Abandoned on page 282. Just too much of everybody watching everybody. ( )
  skraft001 | Aug 23, 2015 |
I had the good fortune to read this right after finishing Steinhauer's "The Nearest Exit"--good fortune, because "An American Spy" picks up immediately after "The Nearest Exit" ends. I already knew most of the major characters and previous events alluded to the latter book were fresh in my memory.
Though the book's title uses the singular, An American Spy, there are so many characters in this book the title could be referring to it could just as well be titled, "American Spies." On the one side are Americans who are spies (working either for our side or the other), and on the other are Chinese, some of who are working for the American side. The main plot revolves around a Chinese spymaster who, while the villain in "The Nearest Exit," remained a very shadowy figure in that book. In "An American Spy" we come to know him quite well. He's gotten himself in fix when his fellow Chinese, and to save his neck he launches a plot which puts Milo Weaver (protagonist of the previous book--as well as of "The Tourist") into a situation where he must save his own neck. Steinhauer's storytelling in masterful, with many twists and turns, and we're left guessing until the very end: "Who's spying for whom?" ( )
  kvrfan | Apr 25, 2015 |
Great ending (?) to the Milo Weaver series, nicely wrapping up all of the many loose ends of all three books, many, MANY loose ends. If you are going to read this series, I highly recommend reading all three back-to-back with no break between them. The storyline is tightly wound and details are lost or forgotten over longer spans of time.
As many reviewers have already pointed, much of this final volume is devoted to characters other than Mr Weaver, but the author is an excellent writer and doesn't fail in the least to keep the reader turning the page well into the night.
I'm looking forward to more in series, and I hope Olen Steinhauer continues to bring us the adventures of Milo Weaver and the Tourists. ( )
  ssimon2000 | Jul 17, 2014 |
A fast-paced conclusion to The Tourist trilogy. It unpeals like an onion, with each part retelling some of the previous story from a different perspective but then pushing the narrative forward further in time. It is an interesting technique that is well executed.

The first layer of the onion is about 100 pages set in China focused almost exclusively on Chinese spies/bureaucrats--with only glimpses of the previous American characters through their eyes. But then it goes around the world and culminates in a focus on Milo Weaver, the hero of the trilogy.

It is morally ambiguous, the espionage itself seems pointless, everyone involved is trying to balance their families and other concerns with their "jobs", all of which makes it a little reminscent of John le Carr̩ and not at all of your Ludlum's or other thriller/adventure writers. It is also decently, although not outstandingly, written.

After the first book I said I wouldn't read the second. But I couldn't help myself and once you've read that, it's worth reading the third as well. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
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