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The Year of the Locust: A Thriller (Hardcover)
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Terry Hayes returns with the thrilling and eagerly awaited follow-up to his New York Times bestselling novel I Am Pilgrim.
Regarded as “the best book of 2014” (Suspense Magazine), “a big, breathless tale of nonstop suspense” (Janet Maslin, The New York Times), and “simply one of the best suspense novels I’ve read in a long time” (#1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci), Terry Hayes’s masterful thriller I Am Pilgrim was the recipient of countless accolades. Now, with The Year of the Locust, Hayes has penned a breathtaking story about cutting-edge science, a government conspiracy, and one man’s desperate attempt to unravel it all.
Luke Truman is a junior officer on board the USS Leviathan, the most advanced and powerful warship ever built. It is an eight-hundred-foot-long submarine which, among its vast array of weaponry and secret systems, boasts a top secret “cloaking technology.” Bending light around objects to render them invisible, it is the hottest military research innovation not just in the US, but throughout the world. Now the time has come for the first large-scale trial of its effectiveness. But neither Luke nor the United States government realizes the astonishing forces this experiment will unleash. What Luke discovers on board the Leviathan is that the future of our world is at a deadly tipping point and that only he will be able to stop the cascade of events which are leading them all inexorably towards doom.
A breakneck story of nonstop suspense, The Year of the Locust is a high-concept thriller unlike any you’ve read before.
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 the Best Book of 2014"
— The Huffington Post
“The pages fly by ferociously fast. Simply unputdownable.”
“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
"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
“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."
“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
"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
“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
“Tom Clancy meets Robin Cook in a thriller that should find a place in many beach bags this summer.”
“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
"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
“An intriguing, multi-perspective thriller… the story made me almost miss my subway stop.”
— People Magazine
“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