An American Spy

An American Spy

Reluctant CIA agent Milo Weaver uncovered a conspiracy linking the Chinese government to the highest reaches of the American intelligence community, including his own Department of Tourism---the most clandestine department in the Company. The shocking blowback arrived in The Nearest Exit when the Department of Tourism was almost completely wiped out as the result of an eve Reluctant CIA agent Milo Weaver uncovered a conspiracy linking the Chinese government to the highest reaches of the Ameri...

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Title:An American Spy
Author:Olen Steinhauer
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:An American Spy
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:386 pages pages

An American Spy Reviews

  • Nancy
    Mar 07, 2012
    . . . Ten pages into An American Spy and I was dazed and confused. I pondered how I would ever be able to comment on this book and then it hit me: Olen Steinhauer was leading me through a muddled maze that was carefully constructed to confound me at every corner. The only way I could p...
  • Kevin
    Mar 04, 2012
    Steinhauer continues to explore both the mechanics of spy craft and the moral tension inherent in the trade using Milo Weaver as his lens. With this third volume in the series, Weaver is no longer a Tourist but can't escape the gravity of its destruction. What from so many angles s...
  • Mark
    Dec 03, 2012
    This is my first visit to this series, but I never felt too ignorant about past books or too overwhelmed by backstory insertions to enjoy this spy novel on its own. It always seems to me that a spy novel writer has to balance the complexity and layers of his plot with understandab...
  • Laurel
    Mar 31, 2012
    Third book in the Milo Weaver/Department of Tourism series; does help to read them in order as the background for this book starts in "The Tourist", the first in the series. The nefarious doings of the Chinese spymaster Xin Zhu comprise the first part of the book. Just when I was wonde...
  • Jeffrey
    Mar 15, 2012
    I tried very hard to like this book more than I did, but in the end it was just okay. The problem was the multiple points of view of the various characters. I typically do not have issues with authors trying to tell a story from different perspectives, but this story got way too con...
  • miteypen
    Jul 28, 2015
    I gave this book four stars based on the strength of the series as a whole, but I actually thought this one was the weakest. Or maybe it just had the weakest ending. What puzzles me is why there isn't a fourth book in the series--this one begs for a sequel. I'm not ready to leave Milo ...
  • Steven
    Nov 08, 2012
    I don't know why I waited so long to read this since I loved the first two books but I was not disappointed. Lots of twists and turn many of which I did not anticipate. Milo Weaver is one of the few agents left alive after the clever master criminal Xin Zhu exterminates his secret grou...
  • Carol
    Mar 07, 2012
    Where is Milo? With the first two books in this series, "The Tourist" and "Nearest Exit", Milo Weaver brilliantly takes center stage as a CIA agent who works for a secret sub-division known as the Department of Tourism. Milo is a different kind of spy, suicidal, smart and sometime...
  • Adam Shields
    Apr 03, 2012
    Short review: I really like spy novels. This is the best series of any modern spy novels that I have read. The characters are much more nuanced and believable than the older cold war spy novels, but that also means that the good guys are not as good and the bad guys are not as evil. Wh...
  • Mark
    Apr 02, 2012
    The follow up to "The Tourist" & "The Nearest Exit" as Milo Weaver recovers from wounds & the destruction of the Department of Tourism...Milo is caught up in an off-the-books operation to bring down THE Chinese "spy master"...Very John le Carré-like with all the twists & t...
  • Dan
    Feb 01, 2012
    Already world-weary, Weaver now has a bullet hole in his gut ?An American Spy,? the third installment involving our principled but reluctant hero Milo Weaver at first seems to lack some of the feints and flourishes that made ?The Tourist? and ?The Nearest Exit? so compelli...
  • Eric Pollard
    Mar 18, 2012
    I just finished An American Spy, Stienhauer's follow-on to The Tourist and The Nearist Exit. What a great set piece! I approached Milo Weaver, the reluctant protagonist of the three novels, with some reluctance as his story of disaffection is a familiar one, you know, spy gains a con...
  • Kevin Scott
    Apr 06, 2012
    This was tough for me because I think I see what Steinhauer's trying to do--there's a bit of a Rashomonic approach to unwrapping the story, and I appreciate that more once I finish the novel than I did while reading it--but I'm not sure that this one stands up to The Tourist (maybe the...
  • Mary
    Mar 07, 2012
    This book is the third installment in Olen Steinhausers novels featuring Milo Weaver, the reluctant spy. I have to admit that I had a hard time getting into this book. I had not read the first two novels in the series, and I felt like I was lost. The novel has many intricacies and ...
  • Glenj
    Mar 30, 2012
    Obviously if you are reading this you are a fan of Milo Weaver and I cannot imagine reading this book without reading the previous two books in the series. The American Spy picks up directly after the previous book leaves off dealing with the aftermath of the destruction of the Tourism...
  • Tobin
    May 30, 2012
    The third installment of the Tourist "adventures" is just as complex, thrilling, and detailed as the other two. While Milo is "The" Tourist, an especially secret CIA asset, he's not the only one in these tales. Early in this book we meet two others, one enemy and one frenemy. Milo d...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    Mar 15, 2012
    In Steinhauer?s third installment of CIA double-secret operative Milo Weaver, Milo is cutting his losses due to the violent vanquishing of the Tourist department, and trying to make a go of civilian life. His wife and daughter matter more than his ties to the CIA. His former boss, Al...
  • Tim
    Jan 15, 2012
    review for PW: The start of this fine new thriller, the third to feature Milo Weaver, is convoluted, and those who haven?t read Weaver?s previous outings, The Tourist (2009) and The Nearest Exit (2010), might be a bit at sea. But solid prose and excellent characterizations kee...
  • Deborah Gray
    Apr 23, 2014
    I've done this backwards. It's the third in a series and I haven't read either of the first two. Although I'm sure I would have benefited from background and character development, I still did not feel a lack of context and was able to fully immerse myself in this story. It's a comp...
  • Denise
    Sep 15, 2018
    With the Department of Tourism closed down and only a few survivors still out in the world, Milo is ready to finally close that chapter of his life for good and focus on his family. His former boss Alan Drummond, however, wants revenge and tries to recruit Milo to his efforts to take o...
  • Tom Tischler
    Apr 24, 2012
    After a Chinese Intelligence agent named Xin Zhu's son is killed he blames the CIA's Bureau of Tourism which is another top secret agency. He manages to infiltrate the Dept. gaining lntimate knowledge of its workings and then turns the team of assassins upon each other. 33 are kil...
  • Terry Parker
    Mar 19, 2012
    Won this in one of the giveaways - Never read any of the author's other books, but I think I will have to go back and search them out. A very well paced read. Good read with action, double-crossing, suspense, second-guessing, triple-crossing, abduction and interrogation, quadruple-c...
  • Sue
    Feb 27, 2012
    I was thrilled to receive this book as a Giveaway. I had read the first two and greatly enjoyed them so I was very eager to read Steinhauer?s latest. In this third installment of the ?Tourist? series, we find that, no matter how hard he tries, Milo Weaver cannot lead a norma...
  • April
    Mar 07, 2012
    I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. I haven't seen or read the first two books in the series and I highly recommend getting caught up as this book references events in the other books often. I had a hard time getting into the book, and honestly probably wouldn't have ...
  • Sherry
    Mar 16, 2012
    Much anticipated after the other Milo books, and this was a great disappointment. Sad to write that. The writing was dry, dry, dry, did not have a climax as much as a "partial explanation" and if you stick around and finish the book you'll find it really isn't finished, but in the midd...
  • Daniel
    Mar 18, 2012
    The third book in the "Tourist" series and by far the weakest. Also had a most unsatisfactory ending and when i finished it i could not help but think that the only reason this book was written was to set up the coming sequels.....we deserve better from Steinhauer as he is a much bette...
  • Marty Fried
    Jan 19, 2019
    I thought this series was pretty entertaining, but a bit confusing sometimes, mostly due to shifting point of view so the time would shift unexpectedly. That wasn't too bad, but the ending... I literally felt like I fell off a cliff or something when the book just ended with no warning...
  • Shonna Froebel
    Nov 18, 2012
    I've read this spy novel series from the beginning, and keep getting impressed by how good they are. Starting with The Tourist, and continuing with The Nearest Exit, this series takes us into a secret department of the CIA and the world of Milo Weaver. In this novel, Milo is recoverin...
  • Redkitsune
    May 26, 2016
    Recién termino de leer el libro. Me gusta la manera en que está narrado, donde te cuenta un suceso en varios capítulos, para luego volver sobre el tema y decir que en ese momento sucedía otra cosa, y así con varios hechos, los cuales se van entretejiendo hasta el final y hasta úl...
  • Robert French
    Jul 01, 2016
    Rarely do I get an opportunity to read a series in order and at the same time, but was able to check out from the library all three books of Olen Steinhauer' Tourist series at the same time. I enjoyed both The Tourist and The Nearest Exit and was looking forward to An American Spy with...