The Nearest Exit
by Olen Steinhauer
My rating: 3 stars
Series: Milo Weaver - Book 2
Publisher: Minotaur Books; First edition (May 6, 2010)
Publication Date: May 11, 2010
Print Length: 413 pages
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 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.
The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer (Milo Weaver, #2)
Milo Weaver is now a man with little to lose and has become a reluctant spy, once again, but now he must prove his loyalty in a world filled with traitors, patriots and self-important men who care only for their own gain. Is it worth it?
THE NEAREST EXIT by Olen Steinhauer continues to chronicle Milo’s life, for better or worse. Once again filled with dialogue and the reiteration of events from book one, there was a bit of a drag-drop-move feel as we are taken through rare moments of high intrigue and page after page of slow movement for the sake of details that are uneven, at best.
There is so much potential for a riveting espionage saga that gets lost in the repetition and quagmire of a man who clearly has made some bad decisions and moves along like a puppet on a poorly tied string.
I had hoped that after the groundwork of book one was laid, book two would take the baton and run, but for me, this wasn’t the case. I am all for flawed and conflicted heroes, bad guys with an agenda, but this time out, book two kind of let me down.
I received a complimentary copy from Minotaur Books. This is my honest and voluntary review.