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An American Spy (Milo Weaver 3)

An American Spy (Milo Weaver 3) [Kindle Edition]

Olen Steinhauer
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“David Pittu’s careful, taut narration makes it possible for listeners to follow every move of the array of agents and spymasters – Chinese, American, even some Germans. His accents are carefully modulated and punctuate passages with authentic precision. Listeners new to the series will be hooked and will want to explore more of this excellent espionage series in the vein of John le Carré and Len Deighton” – AudioFile Magazine, winner of AudioFile Earphones Award


“Like the two novels that precede it, this one is richly populated with characters of shifting loyalties from many lands, an assembly that demands a range of accents and voices: German, Eastern European, African, Chinese and American of both sexes. David Pittu executes them all…he transfers his voice from person to person in the book’s many conversations (and interrogations) with dexterity, leaving the listener in no doubt as to who’s speaking.” – The Washington Post


Praise for "The Nearest Exit
""The Nearest Exit" [is] a terrific second installment in Olen Steinhauer's 'Tourist' spy series about Milo Weaver, a brooding CIA operative with all the right lone-wolf tendencies. . . . Milo's company is at least as valuable to the series' appeal as is his flair for international trickery."
---Janet Maslin, "The New York Times" (Notable Book of 2010)

"Weaver is the novel's gem. . . . In many ways this is a classic spy novel, but it's Weaver's angst that lifts the book to a compelling level of freshness."
---"USA Today

""Steinhauer delivers another winner in "The Nearest Exit", a spy novel that asks deeper questions about the price we extract from individuals in the pursuit of the so-called greater good and the innocents who become collateral damage. It's a subject as relevant to a spy within the CIA as it is to any of us: That's a point that---through the prism of Milo's humanity and the dangerous web in which he finds himself enmeshed---Steinhauer makes abundantly and thrillingly clear."
"---Los Angeles Times"

Praise for "The Tourist"

"Here's the best spy novel I've ever read that wasn't written by John le Carre. . . . It's a complex story of betrayal anchored by a protagonist who's as winning as he is wily."
---Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly
"Remember John le Carre . . . when he wrote about beaten-down, morally directionless spies? In other words, when he was good? That's how Olen Steinhauer writes in this tale of a world-weary spook who can't escape the old game."

"The kind of principled hero we long to believe still exists in fiction, if not in life."
---"The New York Times Book Review" (Editor's Choice)


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2297 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 397 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1250036976
  • Verlag: Corvus (13. März 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B006VVK2HS
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Reicht nicht an die Vorgänger heran 5. Januar 2013
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Nachdem ich von 'Der Tourist'und 'Last Exit'einfach begeistert war, konnte ich es kaum erwarten, den 3. Teil zu lesen und die Geschichte um Milo Weaver weiterzuverfolgen. Leider hat mich das Werk nicht überzeugt. Zuviel Durcheinander, keine klare Linie, und das Ende, das wohl überraschend sein und Lust auf Teil Nummer 4 machen soll, lässt den Leser etwas ratlos zurück.

Der Inhalt lässt sich schwer zusammenfassen. Nach dem Tod der 32 Agenten will Milo mal wieder aussteigen aus dem Spionage-Business, sein ehemaliger Chef trägt sich jedoch mit Rachegedanken. Wie nicht anders zu erwarten wird Weaver in die nächste Intrige mit hineingezogen, durch die Bedrohung seiner Familie unter Druck gesetzt. Was folgt ist eine wilde Geschichte, bei der man das Gefühl hat, sie hat weder Hand noch Fuß - aber vielleicht liegt es auch nur daran, dass man etwas verpasst hat? Was nicht verwunderlich wäre bei der Fülle der Personen, vor allem Chinesen, deren Namen man sich nur schwer merken kann. Man könnte sagen, es handelt sich um ein Plot in einem Plot in einem Plot! Mindestens sechs verschiedene Gruppierungen, jeder hat ein anderes Ziel. Geschildert werden die Ereignisse mal aus der Sicht der Chinesen, dann aus der Weavers, dann des BND, dann seines Vaters, dann seines Chefs usw.usw. Vorwiegend reisen die Protagonisten in der Weltgeschichte herum.

Ich hatte das Gefühl, Steinhauer wollte es besonders gut machen, einen besonders spannenden Roman schreiben und hat sich dabei nur verzettelt. Das Buch ist trotzdem einigermaßen spannend, deshalb drei Sterne, unbedingt empfehlen würde ich es nicht. Und ich denke, auf den 4. Teil kann ich dann verzichten.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Alles OK 9. November 2013
Von M. Markow
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Alles OK. Gut angekommen. Will surely order again. We like it alot and the packing was 1A. Will probably purchase again.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Complex and intriguing. 4  stars. 2. Februar 2012
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Olen Steinhauer's third installment of the Tourist saga is a very complex tale of espionage and human vulnerability.

This third installment of the saga picks up where the last book left off. Milo Weaver is still recuperating from the gunshot wound he suffered, and has quit the CIA, preferring to focus his attentions on his family and starting a new career in the civilian world. His friend and former boss Alan Drummond is obsessed with seeking revenge for the slaughter of the Tourist section of the CIA of which he was chief. Chinese spymaster Xin Zhu, the mastermind of that massacre, is trying to consolidate his position in the espionage hierarchy of his country by identifying an American-controlled mole high up in the government bureaucracy that controls Chinese intelligence functions and departments.

How these complex and conflicting story lines converge and interact is the plot of this novel.

The opening segment of the book focuses on Xin's activities, and Weaver doesn't even enter onstage until well into the story. Overall, the book has a broader focus than the previous entries; not as much time on Weaver, and more focus on Xin. That actually serves the story well.

Many of the characters have very complex motivations, and act in ways that are confusing at first, until the resolution at the end of the book makes things clear. This is very well done, illustrating the moral complexity and ambiguity inherent in the world of espionage Steinhauer has created. In many ways this is reminiscent of themes Len Deighton and John Le Carre explored in their classic works in the genre.

Though there is action were appropriate, I wouldn't categorize this book as a "thriller". It's better than that. The characterizations are all fully realized with three-dimensional people. The plot is complex and fully developed, with a satisfying conclusion that isn't predictable.

Highly entertaining. 4  stars.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen What a mess 5. April 2012
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I don't usually write reviews but felt I needed to after reading this book. I have read all of Olen Steinhauer's books and was excited when the third book in the Milo Weaver saga was released. The book starts off well enough but by the time I had finished the book I had no idea what I had just read. Who was operating for who and what really was the point of any of the operations! It was a chore to get through the last 100 pages. I consider myself a fairly proficient reader but I was really confused by the time this book had ended.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Overblown, incomprehensible and dull; just not worth the effort 30. März 2012
Von Old Asia Hand - Veröffentlicht auf
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I don't write many reviews for fiction because I think that fiction is, on the whole, a matter of personal taste and you should simply judge novels for yourself. But this is just such an awful book that I thought somebody ought to offer a small counterweight to the inevitable praise that is being heaped upon it. Yes, I know Steinhauer has been elevated to sainthood by a lot of readers already, but on the strength of this badly misbegotten novel they really ought to revoke his deification.

I loved the first book in this series, and looked forward to the second. I was shocked to discover how much I hated it. Now we have number three and I was anxious to give Milo another chance. Alas, AN AMERICAN SPY is an utterly unreadable mess. It's probably been a decade since I abandoned a book, but I abandoned this one. I struggled along manfully for nearly a hundred pages, but then I could go no further. Reading it was like trying to swim in tapioca pudding. The plot (?) is incomprehensible and the characters are completely unmemorable. There is so much good fiction out there, you really shouldn't waste your time here.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Complex, At Times Confusing, Mostly Interesting Spy Story! 11. Februar 2012
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An American Spy is Olen Steinhauer's third novel featuring Milo Weaver. If you read the first two books in this series -- The Tourist and The Nearest Exit , both of which are excellent -- you know that Milo Weaver was a CIA "tourist," until almost all of his fellow operatives were decimated by a Chinese spymaster, and the clandestine Department of Tourism was shut down.

Now, in An American Spy, which I enjoyed a lot (but not as much as the other two), Milo's old boss is bent on revenge, and when he vanishes in London, Milo finds himself back in the shadow world of espionage, unsure who is an agent and who is the target, who is pulling the strings and who is being played. I won't say any more than this about the plot so that you can work your own way through unraveling all of the layers of intrigue, double crosses and plot twists.

Be forewarned that to an even greater extent than in The Tourist and The Nearest Exit, the experience of reading An American Spy is very complex and at times confusing, and will make you feel that you need a scorecard to keep track of the large cast of characters, particularly since many of the characters have Chinese names that will likely be unfamiliar to many readers. It is a reading experience that will require you to pay full attention throughout the book so that you can appreciate all of its nuances and, most importantly, so that you will be able to understand how all of the complicated and, at times, confusing elements get tied together by the end of the book. Also, be forewarned that An American Spy is not a fast-paced book and while it is a first-rate spy story, it is not an action-oriented thriller. An American Spy's strength is derived from Steinhauer's strong ability to create very realistic and fully dimensionalized characters, as well as plot elements that you will mostly find interesting (despite their complexity which will at times cause you to scratch your head while trying to keep up with what is happening, and why).

If you've been a fan of The Tourist and/or The Nearest Exit I'd highly recommend An American Spy -- even if you don't find it, on a relative basis, to be as good. I'm pretty certain that, in the absolute, you'll be glad you read it. However, I would not recommend An American Spy if it would be your first book in the series. I think that without the background into the large cast of characters and the history of events that took place in the earlier books you'll "drown in the sea of complexity" as you wade your way through An American Spy.

I hope that my review of what I think you'll find the reading experience to be like is helpful in deciding if An American Spy is a book for you.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Are we done yet? 5. April 2012
Von Hello Kitty - Veröffentlicht auf
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After really enjoying the first two books I waited with great anticipation for almost 2 year for An American Spy. As soon as it was available on the Nook pre-order, I secured my opportunity to devour the 3rd book in this trilogy. The day finally came.......I'm ready to find my lost love. Well, the first 80 pages tested every ounce of patience I had, I was bored to tears. I read 3 pages at a time and turned out the lights. I kept thinking, "Did a different author write this first part?" "Where is Milo.....where is the excitement...where is the action?" Finally, after about 80 pages of Chinese characters, we were blessed with the return of Milo et al. But keep going long enough, and it just got too COMPLICATED by the time it was all said and done. By the time I got to page 300, I said, "I'm done, I don't care anymore!" I couldn't even muster up the strength or patience to read another page! So, the last 36+ pages, I fanned though. The End.........sorry Milo, I love you, but I'm over you!
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