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The Nearest Exit [Format Kindle]

Olen Steinhauer

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'The first rule of Tourism is not to let it ruin you. Because it can. Easily.'

The Department of Tourism is an ultra-secret black-ops branch rumoured to carry out the CIA's dirtiest and deadliest work. Most agents don't even believe it exists.

Milo Weaver knows otherwise. Trained to kill cleanly and keep moving, he is a Tourist that understands the rules. Don't ask questions. Don't form attachments. Don't look back.

But Milo is the only Tourist with a daughter. When he is told to assassinate a teenage girl, his commitment to the cause starts to crumble - and for the first time, he disobeys his orders.

The consequences pull him down into a complex world of clandestine government warfare, but Milo's own battle is with his conscience. When a security breach threatens the very existence of Tourism, will he choose to save his job, his family, or himself?

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  • Editeur : Corvus (1 octobre 2010)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 4 1/2 Stars -- Steinhauer Scores Big Again! 12 avril 2010
Par bobbewig - Publié sur
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The Nearest Exit is an excellent follow-up to Steinhauer's The Tourist. Like The Tourist, The Nearest Exit represents a first-class combination of complex, intelligent plotting and multi-dimensional characterization. Although, I have to admit that by the end of the first half of the book I was feeling that Steinhauer's latest was going to fall far short of The Tourist in terms of being a well-crafted espionage thriller. Be assured, however, that the second half of the book is so strong that it more than made up for my doubts and concerns about the first half. The Nearest Exit ultimately delivers an exciting story in which Milo Weaver, faced with the end of his quiet, settled life, has no choice but to turn back to his old job as a "tourist." But before being able to do so, he must prove his loyalty. This catapults him into a dangerous position; one in which he must decide between right and wrong, between powerful self-interested foes, between patriots and traitors and between life and death. Be aware that The Nearest Exit, perhaps even more than did The Tourist, requires the reader to use all of his/her mental abilities to help wade through all the layers of deceit and manipulation that must be uncovered to get to the truth. Further, you should be aware that The Nearest Exit may not be the book to read if you are looking to read a story that will have you physically trying to catch your breath in order to keep up with all the action and adventure. I highly recommend The Nearest Exit to anyone that enjoyed The Tourist, as well as to anyone who enjoys a complex, intelligent, moving spy novel in the best tradition of John Le Carre and Len Deighton (at least in their early days), Graham Greene and Alan Furst. I, for one, can't wait to "travel" with "tourist" Milo Weaver on his next thrilling, mentally-challenging, emotionally charged adventure. I suspect I'll have about a year to prepare myself to tour with Milo.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 This Is No Tourist 1 novembre 2010
Par San Fran Dan - Publié sur
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The Nearest Exit is a pretty good spy novel but not in the same league with The Tourist (the book to which this is a sequel).

I will not restate the plot, others have. Suffice it to say that the plot is far less interesting than that of The Tourist. So too are the characters. We get one interesting new person (Ms. Schwartz) but otherwise we get stock - Oskar (her assistant), her boss, Milo's new boss, Senator Irwin - none of them become real to the reader.

The book bogs down in the middle, including two terrible chapters involving Milo, his wife, Rita, and their couples therapist. These are so bad, they are painful (and boring) to read. None of the dialogue seems even slightly real. The chapters should have been omitted entirely and Milo's epiphany (which takes place in the second of the two chapters) placed elsewhere.

The ending is completely unreal but is suitably complex. The last 100-150 pages of the book, and the beginning, are a good deal better than the rest. The ending leaves room for a third book if the author so chooses.

I am not saying don't read the book, I am just saying it disappoints when compared to the book it follows, the superb "The Tourist."
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A worthy sequel to an outstanding spy thriller 10 mai 2010
Par S. McGee - Publié sur
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Having loved The Tourist, I knew that I'd enjoy this sequel, if only to find out what happens to Milo Weaver after he goes on the run in order to clear his name -- and ends up losing his family and his freedom in order to do so. Now Weaver is out of jail and back in the 'Department of Tourism' -- but he's more deeply alienated than ever, and struggling to find a way to do his job in a way that doesn't violate what moral code he has managed to hang on to. The crunch comes when Weaver gets his latest assignment: a kill order for a very unlikely target that he just doesn't understand and can't bring himself to act on.

The plot hangs on that 'kill order', its target and the fallout from Weaver's qualms of conscience -- and it's an excellent and convoluted one, that never left me thinking "yeah, I saw that coming 50 pages ago." Many of the elements that I loved about the first book are still here in abundance -- the nuanced portrayal of characters who are never black and white and always human, such as the German spy who stops off nightly for a bottle of wine and a Snickers bar at her local shop but is quite capable of holding Milo Weaver hostage and using enhanced interrogation techniques on him -- but who later will go out of her way to assist his quest for some kind of justice and retribution for the TRULY villainous. Milo Weaver's world is a gritty, grey one, and even the end of the book doesn't offer much consolation if you're looking for a warm and fuzzy ending to his story. (Perhaps volume #3 in the Milo Weaver saga is in the works?)

I wouldn't suggest reading this book without reading its predecessor. True, the two stories are theoretically able to stand alone, but the characters' actions won't make much sense in isolation, particularly Milo's relationship with his wife and child and his birth father. That shouldn't be a hardship, as the first book is very good, and if you don't enjoy it, you won't like this that much. I've rated this 4.5 stars and rounded down, simply because the plot is even more convoluted, darting back and forth in time and space and character point of view, requiring even more concentration on the part of the reader. (It's not a book to pick up and put down casually, then try to reimmerse yourself in the story hours later...) There are a few loose ends in the plot line -- nothing that really destroys the pleasure of the book, but that can niggle away afterwards.

Highly recommended to spy novel afficionados.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Reluctant Tourist 28 juillet 2010
Par Michael Moore - Publié sur
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I read The Tourist last year and liked the tongue in cheek style and the witty plotting. The Nearest Exit is the second book to feature Milo Weaver, the reluctant tourist. Both books are a cut above the genre and require the reader to pay a bit more attention than say a James Lee Burke or a Lee Child novel. The author who comes closest to Steinhauer is Charles McGarry. If you'd rather read than watch television and you are looking for some thoughtful entertainment...consider these two. It is best to read them in order.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 4  Stars - This novel works on a number of levels; a complex and intelligent spy novel 11 août 2011
Par J. Norburn - Publié sur
The Nearest Exit is a solid follow-up to The Tourist (which was excellent); a complex, intelligent, and morally ambiguous spy novel in the spirit of cold war classics by the likes of John Le Carre. The characters are flawed, pragmatic, and calculating, creating an intriguing labyrinth where motives are unclear and each move may or may not be what it initially appears to be. The novel builds momentum well and has plenty of action to keep the reader turning pages, but this is a smart thriller, not a mindless beach read. The ending is particularly brilliant.

While there are many positive aspects to this novel, what especially appeals to me is that the author has created a protagonist who is deeply flawed. Milo Weaver is no square jawed action hero who always does the right thing. In the Nearest Exit the author tests the boundaries of an age old ethical dilemma that the cloak and dagger world faces all the time - is it ok to sacrifice innocent lives for the greater good. In this case, the life of an innocent child is sacrificed to advance American National interests. But of course, the greater good is an abstract notion that is corrupted by power and the interests of those who have become disassociated from the concepts of right and wrong. In the end, grief and loss leads to rage and revenge suggesting that the greater good is an unachievable end. All we are left with in the end, is a repeating cycle of violence.

This is a novel that works on multiple levels. It's an entertaining spy novel that will having you turning pages, but it's also a smart novel that will have you anticipating the real motives behind each character's action, and if you look deeper you'll also find yourself contemplating the novel's larger themes.

The Tourist was a great novel but I think this one may even be a little better. You can have Vince Flynn and Lee Child. I'll take Olen Steinhauer any day.
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