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The Last Tourist by Olen Steinhauer

Reviewed by: 
Mary Anne

 

Milo Weaver is a semi-retired CIA operative who is trying to keep a low profile in the Western
Sahara. In the past, he was in charge of the CIA's "Department of Tourism", a hidden group of
CIA assassins. The Tourists, as they are called, were disbanded, and Milo has tried to parlay his
experience into a new venture called "The Library", where he leads a group of people
gathering and sharing information with selected countries around the world in an effort to
keep peace and prevent squabbles leading to war.

Weaver barters information from The Library, using his position to direct the documents his
Librarians uncover to the proper channels.

A new, inexperienced, CIA analyst, is sent to tell him that it appears the Tourists are back and
they are not the good guys. Soon he and Abdul, the analyst, are on the run, not sure who to
trust or where to go. Milo discovers that the Tourists are not working for governments, but for
huge corporations, who are using their power to manipulate world events. Social Networking
companies, oil companies, and huge conglomerates, are using their far-reaching power to work
together and kill anyone who gets in their way on their quest to world domination. Milo uses
his friends and associates in the Library to find out who these people are and how best to fight
back without being killed first.

Milo is fighting to protect his friends and colleagues, as well as his family, who are all
threatened. The group decides to take a stand at a summit meeting in Switzerland, which all the
pertinent parties will attend. They gather all the information they can in a deadly game of cat
and mouse, double cross and triple cross, with a frantic pace that engages the reader right up
to the end.

This is actually the fourth and final volume in the Milo Weaver series. The other titles are: The
Tourist (2009), Nearest Exit (2010), and An American Spy (2012). Although the reader may
wish to read the other books first for the whole story, The Last Tourist works as a stand-alone,
and an example of some of the finest spy fiction available today!

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