A razor sharp New York City Cop, a retired operative from a clandestine government group so secret very few even know they exist, and a devout Muslim who feels his people are held under the yoke of oppressive, immoral regimes propped up by the US Government, the threads of their lives will come together in shocking ways. I was surprised at how quickly this story drew me in and engaged me. While there are villains, the main characters carry the story and they are richly complex. These are guys who want to be good men but find they are often faced with the absolute necessity of doing harm in the service of a greater good. It starts with a gruesome murder in New York, moves back in time to Paris, travels to Turkey and hits a few more stops along the way. The plot takes twists and turns that keep the reader guessing to the very end.— Deon Stonehouse
June 2014 Indie Next List
“A fast-paced, chillingly believable suspense novel, I Am Pilgrim draws the reader completely into a shadowy world where U.S. intelligence is pitted against a modern terrorist on a more terrifying mission than that of a mere suicide bomber. Hayes compellingly depicts the desperation of the main characters, both the good and the evil, with a fine line dividing the two. This is a book whose style and storyline will haunt you for a long time.”
— Carolyn Chesser, Bayou Book Company, Niceville, FL
“I Am Pilgrim is simply one of the best suspense novels I’ve read in a long time.” —David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A big, breathless tale of nonstop suspense.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“The pages fly by ferociously fast. Simply unputdownable.” —Booklist
A breakneck race against time…and an implacable enemy.
An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid.
A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square.
A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard.
Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan.
A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.
One path links them all, and only one man can make the journey.
About the Author
Terry Hayes is the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Pilgrim and the award-winning writer and producer of numerous movies. His credits include Payback, Road Warrior, and Dead Calm (featuring Nicole Kidman). He lives in Switzerland with his wife, Kristen, and their four children.
“Hayes delivers muscular prose, sniper-round accurate dialogue and enough superb and original plotting to fill three volumes. He balances it all with the dexterity of the accomplished storyteller that he so obviously is. I Am Pilgrim is simply one of the best suspense novels I've read in a long time.”
— David Baldacci
“Mr. Hayes’s globe-trotting book has more kicks, twists and winks than anything of its dusty genre has provided in a long time. You will be happily surprised to find a new thriller franchise with brains to match its brawn.”
— Janet Maslin
"THRILLER OF THE WEEK. Delivers thrills and spills...A full tilt mix of Homeland, The Wire and The Bourne Ultimatum."
— Mail on Sunday
"I Am Pilgrim is a 21st century thriller: a high concept plot, but with finely drawn protagonists. The plot twists and turns like a python in a sack. Thestyle is visceral, gritty and cinematic...A satisfying and ambitious book, written with skill and verve."
— Adam LeBor
"I AM PILGRIM Is the Best Book of 2014"
— The Huffington Post
“The most exciting desert island read of the season…a big, breathless tale of nonstop suspense.”
— Janet Maslin
“The pages fly by ferociously fast. Simply unputdownable.”
''Dude, freak out. That's my new Gone Girl. Gone Girl was the last book that I couldn't put down. Seriously, email me when you read it. You'll be five chapters in, and you'll look up and be like, 'Dude!'''
— Jimmy Fallon
"Massive in many senses, but none more so than its ability to exert a vice-like grip on the reader....Destined to be spy thriller of the year."
— Irish Independent
“Once you start this taut and muscular thriller, you won't be able to put it down.”
— Library Journal, starred review
“[A] powerful and formidably researched globe-spanning thriller.”
— Publisher's Weekly
"I Am Pilgrim is a twelve-course meal of a thriller.... A breathtaking accomplishment of a debut."
— Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author of Tell No Lies
“Part murder mystery, part globe-hopping spy adventure, this page-turner by screenwriter Hayes will have you anticipating the inevitable movie.”
— Entertainment Weekly, print mention: New in Paperback
"The best book of 2014."
— Suspense Magazine
"Debut novelist Hayes brings well-refined storytelling chops to...[good] entertainment for readers with a penchant for mayhem, piles of bodies and a lethal biochemical agent or two."
— Kirkus Reviews
"The strongest [thriller] in years . . . a taut, global trek . . . a long and perfect pilgrimage. (Grade: A)"
— Cleveland Plain Dealer
“I am Pilgrim is a great, gripping thrill ride of a novel (that still feels grounded in reality). If you're looking for an action thriller/spy story for the beach, Pilgrim is a winner.”
— The Hollywood Reporter
"Rendition yourself into a pulsating thriller that never lets up as it carries the hero and the reader on an ever more desperate race between time and an all too plausible disaster for the world we live in. Great nail-biting stuff!"
— Robert Goddard
“[I Am Pilgrim] is like a Jack Higgins novel by way of John Le Carré with more than a dash of Charles Dickens.”
— BOLO Books
“Gripping from theget-go. . . A thriller of a spy novel."
— The Washington Missourian
"Exhilarating...Hayes masterfully guides readers through an incredibly elaborate, drum-tight plot."
“A debut thriller reminiscent of John le Carre.”
— Wichita Eagle
“I Am Pilgrim isan all too realistic tale of the dangers the next generation of terrorists cancatastrophically impose. The well-developed characters and the non-stopaction combine to produce a page-turning unpredictable plot.”
“The storytelling and a truly intriguing protagonist make “I Am Pilgrim” a contender for best-of-the-year lists.”
— Associated Press
“I AM PILGRIM is greater than the hype. It’s the kind of book that rocked me to my core and left me breathless. It took me over a month to finally come up with a review but even after a month’s thought, nothing I say will be good enough. This book is that good...I’m counting on it becoming a huge hit this summer.”
— The Pretty Good Gatsby
“I AM PILGRIM has all the elements of a blockbuster thriller.”
— Denver Post
"Whatever you’re doing right now, stand up and turn around. Take a good look at the edge of your seat. That’s where you’ll be clinging when you read I Am Pilgrim.”
— Naples Daily News
"I Am Pilgrim features great character development and an expansive, ambitious storyline as it sets the standard for the post-9/11 spy thriller."
— S. Krishna Books
“Simply amazing…I Am Pilgrim is a fantastic read and needs to be on everyone’s summer must-read list.”
— That's What She Read
“[Terry Hayes is a] masterful novelist wizard.”
“Tom Clancy meets Robin Cook in a thriller that should find a place in many beach bags this summer.”
“Hayes is a master storyteller, and I Am Pilgrim is an amazing accomplishment…the perfect summer read…it’s actually greater than the hype…can’t recommend it any more highly.”
— Bookalicious Mama
“Pilgrim turns out to be the most fascinating thriller hero I’ve encountered since Trevanian’s legendary Nicolai Hel... Bracing, blisteringly original, and hopefully not the last time we see both Hayes and Pilgrim.”
— Providence Journal
“This is one of those whirlwind reads that is a sheer joy to dive into.”
— Weekly Gravy
"The narrative is thrilling: the tension tightens with action...It's a murder mystery, an illuminating account of contemporary international politics and a study of an unusual man......An excellent thriller which as a first novel is really remarkable."
— Literary Review, UK
"The next 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'."
— The New York Post
"This murder mystery/spy thriller grabs you from the first sentence and won’t let you out of its grip. A brilliant American secret agent and forensics expert is in a race against the clock to stop a terrorist with a plan to destroy the United States. Please fasten your seat belt."
— Kate White, New York Times bestselling author of EYES ON YOU
"'I Am Pilgrim' is [a] gripping debut novel, which pits a brilliant intelligence operative against an equally brilliant terrorist. Weighing in at over 600 pages, you get your money’s worth and more with this thriller."
— Brad Thor, New York Times bestselling author of ACT OF WAR
“I Am Pilgrim might have you tempted to draw comparisons to other aces of the thrill, but those comparisons will miss the mark for this thoroughly original read that ranks among my favorites of the year thus far.”
— My Big Honkin' Blog
“An intriguing, multi-perspective thriller… the story made me almost miss my subway stop.”
— People Magazine
“I highly recommend I Am Pilgrim to fans of Mystery, thrillers, Spy novels, and action-adventure. The writing is much more highly evolved than your garden variety spy thrillers, with excellent characters and a great ending that blows up on the page.”
“The best book of the year.”
— The Chattanoogan
“Pick of the Week…gripping debut thriller. ”
— Boston Globe
“I was impressed with the confidence of Hayes' narrative voice and the complexity in his plotting, both of which make the violence and the tradecraft details thoroughly believable (and probably real).“
— Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“A definite page-turner.”
— Fort Meyers Florida Weekly
·“I Am Pilgrim, by Terry Hayes, is one of the best thrillers I have read in a real long time.”
— New York Daily News
“I've been trying to think of a classier way to answer this question, but the honest answer is that I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. After starting it, I read I Am Pilgrim every waking moment between work and sleep until I finished the last page… I felt like I was actually learning something while being entertained, and the tension just kept building until I thought I was going to burst.”
"Absolutely brilliant...beyond amazing...spellbinding."
— Sassy Peach Book Blogger
"Riveting, gruesome, thrilling, suspenseful, raw...I AM PILGRIM is one of the greatest books I have read."
— Book Baristas
“A wicked game of cat and mouse that will keep you twisting and turning. Definitely the best thriller of the year! This is THE book!”
— Star Tribune
The Best Book of 2014: The Huffington Post, Suspense Magazine, PopSugar, The Chattanoogan, Murder By The Book
Pick of the Week: The Boston Globe
Nominated: Goodreads Choice Award
One of Amazon's Best Books of 2014
One of the Top 16 Books on The Wall Street Journal’sSpring Break Reading List
“The best way to describe Terry Hayes’ I Am Pilgrim is to say that it is like a Jack Higgins novel by way of John Le Carré with more than a dash of Charles Dickens.”
— Bolo Books
“Spy thriller, mystery and adventure all wrapped up into one page-turner of a novel…like Jason Bourne and Sherlock Holmes combined.”
— Good Book Fairy
“A debut that will surely be considered a thriller classic in the future.”
— Fantasy Book Critic
“This modern-day thriller, with its breakneck pace, intricate plot and well-developed characters, is impossible to put down…Terry Hayes is the new name to watch in thrillers.”
— KSL.com, Online Pick - Best Books of 2014
“Sharp in its pacing, crystalline in its prose, gripping in its suspense... it possesses an extraordinary credibility in its plot.”
— New Mexico Review of Books
“This epic spy thriller begins as an urban murdermystery, but quickly sprawls into a globetrotting manhunt with the highestpossible stakes. You won’t be able to put it down.”
— Best Thrillers