I started reading this book because I was reading many good things about it. And then I read a review of the book on Amazon where the reviewer had compared it with Stieg Larsson’s ‘The Millennium’ trilogy, not to mention that it was listed on the month’s top reads by Amazon. So, I was hooked. You see, I absolutely love Stieg Larsson’s trilogy, and, how cruel is that the author could not write any more before he went off, into the void, God rest his soul.
This book is not the edge-of-your-seat thriller as I thought it would be, but that’s my expectation, so forget it! You can work out everything before it happens and the plot seems to move from one set piece to another. You will always know what is coming next, and nothing happens that’s not expected. That being said, I enjoyed reading through the book. The end of the book seems to have been well thought out, as if the author had given much more thought to the ending than to the entire story, maybe to end the story on a peaceful note. There are things about the book that really irritated me. The protagonist is also known as ‘The Rider of the Blue’. Yes, sounds engaging? Good for you. I will ask you again after you have finished reading this book, because every time the Pilgrim wants to speak up or someone big in the storyline wants to talk about him, he refers to him as, you guessed it, ‘The Rider of the Blue’! So many times that it makes you wonder if the author just used the Find & Replace option too liberally. Please Mr. Hayes, if you ever read this, call him The Rider from next time onwards, for simple-minded people such as me. The author seems to love Scott Pilgrim and The Pilgrim is also known as Scott Murdoch most of the times. Scott and Pilgrim, you get it? Anyways, there is one other thing which I did not like about this supposed best agent in the whole damn world, he keeps saying things like ‘I should have thought of that, but I didn’t’. Yes, best agent, huh?
Scott Murdoch headed The Division, a super-secret organization that investigates corruption in other government organizations like the FBI and the CIA and many others. He and his agency get scrapped after the incidents of 9/11. But the secret life never leaves you behind, as Scott ruminates in the book, and other events unfold which ultimately puts the future of an entire nation in his hands. That about sums up the plot of the book. While I found a few things annoying about the book, it is worth a look, but Terry Hayes is no Stieg Larsson. Whoever wrote that review on Amazon, if you think so, go on, give The Millennium trilogy another read, your brain may have gone mushy reading too much Young Adult bull!