The Nearest Exit

The Nearest Exit Milo Weaver has nowhere to turn but back to the CIA in Olen Steinhauer s brilliant follow up to the New York Times bestselling espionage novel The Tourist The Tourist Steinhauer s first contemporary

  • Title: The Nearest Exit
  • Author: Olen Steinhauer
  • ISBN: 9780312622879
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Milo Weaver has nowhere to turn but back to the CIA in Olen Steinhauer s brilliant follow up to the New York Times bestselling espionage novel The Tourist The Tourist, Steinhauer s first contemporary novel after his award winning historical series, was a runaway hit, spending three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnering rave reviews from critics.Now faMilo Weaver has nowhere to turn but back to the CIA in Olen Steinhauer s brilliant follow up to the New York Times bestselling espionage novel The Tourist.The Tourist, Steinhauer s first contemporary novel after his award winning historical series, was a runaway hit, spending three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnering rave reviews from critics.Now faced with the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to turn back to his old job as a tourist Before he can get back to the CIA s dirty work, he has to prove his loyalty to his new bosses, who know little of Milo s background and less about who is really pulling the strings in the government above the Department of Tourism or in the outside world, which is beginning to believe the legend of its existence Milo is suddenly in a dangerous position, between right and wrong, between powerful self interested men, between patriots and traitors especially as a man who has nothing left to lose.

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    1. Olen Steinhauer grew up in Virginia, and has since lived in Georgia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Massachusetts, and New York Outside the US, he s lived in Croatia when it was called Yugoslavia , the Czech Republic and Italy He also spent a year in Romania on a Fulbright grant, an experience that helped inspire his first five books He now lives in Hungary with his wife and daughter.He has published stories and poetry in various literary journals over the years His first novel, The Bridge of Sighs 2003 , the start of a five book sequence chronicling Cold War Eastern Europe, one book per decade, was nominated for five awards.The second book of the series, The Confession, garnered significant critical acclaim, and 36 Yalta Boulevard The Vienna Assignment in the UK , made three year end best of lists Liberation Movements The Istanbul Variations in the UK , was listed for four best of lists and was nominated for an Edgar Award for best novel of the year The final novel in the series, Victory Square, published in 2007, was a New York Times editor s choice.With The Tourist, he has left the Cold War behind, beginning a trilogy of spy tales focused on international deception in the post 9 11 world Happily, George Clooney s Smoke House Films has picked up the rights, with Mr Clooney scheduled to starcmillan author olenst

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    1. Unbelievable plot You take a secret department of the CIA, which is secret for the CIA Homeland etc And it s not secret for some German something As well as for Ukrainian and Chinese Ouch Satire much Still, I liked the writing style.Q I still don t buy it, Milo said You ve got Xin Zhu By all appearances he s politically dead in the water He s a heavy drinker with a weakness for women Not only that, but he s sharing extremely classified information with a nobody a Ukrainian lieutenant who ends up [...]


    2. On it s face, an awfully good read The story line is complex The writing is equal to the story And then there are the moral and political ins and outs Not a straightforward international thriller.All that said it was Alyosha Brothers Karamozov , among others, who asked something like if you could achieve the just world on taking the life of one innocent child would you do it That s the central theme of this book The child is murdered and you learn that early in service, you think, to some higher [...]


    3. This book was as just as good or even better than The Tourist Lots of violence and shocking, shifting realities in this one as well as some morally objectionable assignments How can one be good when one s superiors confuse patriotism with concealing the bad behavior of officials Yours not to reason why but to execute without questioning This book is all about knowing when to disobey orders The plot is Ludlum like with many twists and turns and nothing is as it seems It initially appears the book [...]


    4. A moral vision much like Le Carre but without the modernist sensibility This is a grunt s eye view of espionage There is no James Bond allure to this world, no clarity of good vs evil but a shifting blur of bad, worse and worst Its a world of moral opacity, where field agents are grunts to be used and discarded a world in which villain and hero are indistinguishable where death is cheap and life cheaper It s a world of edges, of the margins where ambiguity, shifting allegiances and desperation p [...]


    5. A little better than the prequel, The Tourist, which I thought was the new Clooney vehicle, which apparently is something else a Martin Booth novel Looks like the same basic thing, though This is a snazzy post Le Carre spy thriller, and Steinhauer works the mechanics better than in the first book, where one character who is deeply involved in the various conspiracies gets tied to a chair and helpfully lays them out for the reader and the hero I mean, I know spy novels like this are devilishly ha [...]


    6. I gave Steinhauer a chance, but somehow, these two Tourist books lack a moral center Categorically, the comparisons by other critics, who have put him on a par with Le Carre, are to be dismissed One gets the feeling that the author wishes us to believe that he finds the actions of his fictive CIA black ops problematic but one never feels it in one s spine, as Nabokov might say It seems a put on theme and, as a result, the books make one wish for Milo Weaver, the main character, that he had had a [...]


    7. More bad writing, stnch of artificiality I guess it IS pretty hard to write a good spy thrillerkes one appreciate tinker, tailor and the like even



    8. This is the first book I have read by Olen Steinhauer I am a fan and can t wait to get my hands on another of Steinhauer s books.Milo Weaver is a Tourist that has served time in prison, worked in administration, and tried to work through problems with his wife He is asked to return to the field and he agrees, even though it is the root of his problems At the beginning of the novel, Weaver is given a series of vetting assignments that culminates in an impossible test the abduction and murder of a [...]


    9. Olen Steinhauer again has a ridiculously complex book with The Nearest Exit Milo Weaver is back as a Tourist in the understaffed CIA Department of Tourism, being vetted for bigger and bigger jobs Suddenly, he gets a job that is too big for him to morally handle.As a reader, you need to be on your game to follow what is happening in a Steinhauer book Miss a line in a conversation Oh well, guess that scene later in the book makes no sense Then again, I like that in a book This is a very solid spy [...]


    10. Well thought out, real cloaked feeling The Tourist was the first in the series and was a truly off beat European style spy novel a le Carr vintage.This follow up continues the theme Our hero, having screwed up his family life due to the secrecy he has to maintain as a CIA operative, rejoins active service as a tourist again.He is tested for his loyalty, since nobody seems to trust him even his father isn t sure and a final test is too much so he has to fudge it.It s really good, thought provokin [...]


    11. Just couldn t get into this book There was so much dialogue and the story did not seem to be going anywhere I quit after 120 pages Perhaps you had to read his other book on this theme to understand what was happening.


    12. Actually somewhere between 3 4What a mess of a plot, with a mess of a bunch of people, running around in a mess of an agency with the messiest morals imaginable It s so much like the US I know and love that it s almost like real life.Dostoevsky asked a lot about lying to oneself, peace and justice in Book The Brothers Karamazov Here Olen Steinhauer visits a lot of those same topics in a rather pulpy espionage novel He even centers his second installation in Milo Weaver s story with a similar que [...]


    13. The Nearest Exit is a thriller with a twist or two, which is my cup of tea Take an obscure but vital secret societal branch of the US government called the Dept of Tourism, add a few sleazy and a few not so sleazy characters and mix well with an absolutely astonishing plot and you have a great read The characters are not lacking in dimension, which often happens when so many are involved, but truly move the story along.It starts with a slow, steady pace yet picks up quickly and does not fail to [...]


    14. Spy novels just aren t what they used to be So when I come across one that has an obese German Snickers eating, excess wine consuming female agent with a moral code of her own my heart skips a beat And she s not even the main character I haven t read Steinhauer s other Tourist books, but this one was slick enough to pique my interest.


    15. Wow A friend recommended this book and she being a retired librarian has exquisite taste in literature Intricately and well plotted espionage tale as well as literate and insightful


    16. The Nearest Exit is about the escapades of Milo Weaver, a sometimes spy, sometimes administrator, sometimes prisoner of the CIA To say that his life has had some ups and downs is a dramatic understatement Weaver was introduced as The Tourist in Steinhauer s earlier book of that name As a tourist, Weaver is a CIA spy without a fixed base or set of colleagues Tourists work independently with direction from and contact only with their department head in NYC In this episode, Weaver s assignment is t [...]


    17. This book recently won the Hammet Prize for best thriller in North America I can see why This is the second book in the Milo Weaver trilogy The Tourist is the first, the third, American Spy is due out in 2012 and it has all of the elements of the Tourist A spy questioning the morality of his work, a multi layered conspiracy, complex characters and lots of intrigue It begins with Milo Weaver, back in the Department of Tourism, again working as a tourist He s given simple missions for him and he u [...]


    18. I had forgotten how much I loved spy novels until I read The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer and then I remembered why I had preordered it from immediately after reading The Tourist the previous book in the Milo Weaver trilogy Milo Weaver is a tourist, a kind of roving spy who is called upon to do everything from theft, and procurement to kidnapping and assassination A Milo Weaver book means fast paced excitement that won t be over until the book ends.I commend Steinhauer for crafting The Neares [...]


    19. I gave this book a 5 star due to the fact it is sequel to his first Milo Weaver book The Tourist The combination of the two books would make the whole story a 4 Star This book enhances the first book and I do not recommend reading this book as a stand alone, it will confuse you The two books deal with a secret section of the CIA that operates secret agents known as Tourists These Tourists are managed by analysts, in New York City, known as Travel Agents.The story has a lot of twists, but the bas [...]


    20. I took this book with me camping over the weekend, but it s a good thing I didn t have time to start it, or I would have never put it down This sequel is every bit as good as the original maybe even better Milo returns to being a Tourist, which is right where we want him He is cunning, ruthless and moral And that s what we love about him He is a killer spy who has limits Has a family Just wants his marriage and his life back.One thing this book offers is lots of twists Each time I thought the st [...]


    21. This outstanding follow up to The Tourist was a little slow at the beginning, especially since I had trouble remembering how the first book ended However, Steinhauer fills in the details the reader needs and the action begins to unfold The plot has many layers and I enjoyed watching it unfold and untwist The main character, Milo Weaver, is a spy in the ultrasecret U.S Department of Tourism, a specialized department in the CIA He shows the real life, gritty, sometimes unpleasant world of spycraft [...]


    22. I am a big fan of Steinhauer and was really looking forward to this second book in the Tourist series I usually read them in ARC format before they are released but I have been so busy that I actually bought this one weeks after it had been released.It was great as I expected an intelligent and literary thriller This one seemed even focused on the psychological Milo s marriage, what it means to be a Tourist, etc even as it explored the complicated world of Post Cold War espionage and foreign af [...]


    23. Keeping in mind I m stingy with 5 ratings, I want to give this 3 1 2 stars I really enjoyed his Yalta series and can t quite get the same traction with the Tourist series The scenes in Europe are great, but I found myself waiting out the domestic scenes in the U.S I know, you don t have to tell me they are key to Milo s, but I just can t get into them Yet there are moments when his writing is so good in this one I especially like the Erika Schwartz chapters Mr Steinhauer, this is my request for [...]


    24. Steinhauer s Milo Weaver is a richly imagined creature with a scarred psyche and a complex back story the son of a former K.G.B agent and an American member of a Baader Meinhof type gang who hanged herself in a Munich prison, raised by adoptive parents that elevates him above the status of run of the mill world weary spook This volume explores questions about the price extracted from individuals in the pursuit of the so called greater good and the innocents who become collateral damage.Why doesn [...]


    25. I want to say that Steinhauer has again knocked one out of the park The convoluted life of the tourist is a true joy to behold in his story My only complaint in this work is the narrator who for the most part did a fine job BUT some small amount of research may have helped him do a better job placing the story if he had only pronounced some German words accurately, like Hauptbahnhof came out hapbahnhaf , the hungarian apertif medicince Unikum, came out yunicome minor complaint, but grates on th [...]


    26. The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer makes you look twice at where you book your travel The mystery of the covert operations of the Tourist s has you all over the globe The governments of China, Germany and the US are always working under the radar False identities of the memembers of the CIA having you running the globe with their lives The characters of the book have you wondering who really lives next door It is an intense mystery about the tradecraft of espionage.


    27. This sequel to the Tourist was much easier to follow as far as plot and characters are concerned I still like the human aspects of Milo Weaver and his attempt to leave his governmental employment The last few chapters in the book go off the rail as far as I am concerned But I plan on reading the third one in the trilogy just to see if he makes it.


    28. 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 a bit thinking than say a Jack Reacher or Dave Robicheaux The author who comes closest is Charles McGarry If you are looking for an entertaining


    29. Every once in a while I love a good spy espionage book This is the second of the Tourist Series that I have read, and again it didn t disappoint Btw, I enjoyed being on the beach reading it as well.


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