This debut espionage thriller depicts the collision course between two geniuses, one a tortured hero and one a determined terrorist, in a breakneck story reminiscent of John le Carré and Robert Ludlum at their finest.
PILGRIM is the code name for a world class and legendary secret agent who comes out of retirement to help the NYPD investigate a murder of an unidentifiable victim. His adversary is a man known only to the reader as the Saracen. As a young boy, the Saracen is marked for life when his dissident father is beheaded in a Saudi Arabian public square. Everything in the Saracen’s life from this moment forward will be in service to jihad and move toward unleashing a bioterrorism attack on the U.S. Part police procedural and part international spy thriller, this is a riveting page turner.
My audiobook choice is Love Life by Rob Lowe.
First, though, I want to plug his earlier audiobook, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Often, an author reading his own book isn’t doing himself or the listener any favors. But Lowe is an actor with a persuasive and surprisingly humble voice. He is in a better place now than he was as a rising young actor who lived on the same street as the Estevez/Sheen family and the Penn brothers. An original Brat Pack member, he describes himself as “young and crazy” during those years. He eventually got help for his drinking and drug problems and has become a devoted husband and father.
In Love Life, I appreciate his candor and thoughtful insights about his long and successful career, his marriage, fatherhood and reaching the milestone of sending his older son off to college. He tells funny stories about himself like how he handled his first experience in a London play, “A Few Good Men”, when he skipped ahead four pages in the script while on stage, panicking the whole cast. From The Outsiders to Parks and Recreation, Lowe has had a varied career where he continually stretches himself in his work and personal life with a few failures and many successes along the way. (To read more of Connie's reviews, click "Continue Reading" below.)