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Book: I Am Pilgrim

Vikrant Duggal
Vikrant Duggal
• 2 min read

I don't read a lot of fiction, but as part of a book club I'm part of the recent book was I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. I really enjoyed how Terry tied together 9/11, viruses/vaccines, a couple murders.

If you like fiction and your like suspense you may want to check this book out on Amazon.

Highlights:

it’s hard not to admire good planning. (Location 45)

the first law of forensic science is called Locard’s Exchange Principle and it says “every contact between a perpetrator and a crime scene leaves a trace.” (Location 94)

A writer called Robert Louis Stevenson once said that ‘sooner or later we all sit down to a banquet of consequences.’ (Location 4687)

Jack Lemmon once said of Marilyn Monroe that she was lightning in a bottle. (Location 5297)

As a Swiss writer once said, “We wanted a labor force but human beings came,” and what nobody had foreseen was that those workers would bring their mosques, their holy book, and huge swathes of their culture with them. (Location 5781)

Though few people realized it, the heartland of America was really only as safe as an anonymous factory in a city hardly anybody had never heard of. (Location 5820)

He found the answer on the web—a transcript of a congressional hearing into the FDA that told him that one country alone had over five hundred factories exporting drugs and their ingredients to the USA. “How many of those facilities did the FDA inspect during the previous year?” a congressman asked. “Thirteen,” came the reply. (Location 5824)

“He was a Buddhist monk and he told me something I’ve never forgotten. He said that if you want to be free, all you have to do is let go.” (Location 6571)

We were apex predators and like all apex predators we were hardwired to hunt— I stopped to correct myself. Not every apex predator hunts. I could think of at least one that didn’t. A shark hunts, but a crocodile lies silently in the reeds and waits for its prey to come to him. (Location 8195)

I slept, and dreamed that life was beauty; I woke, and found that life was duty. (Location 8850)

in war, the first casualty is truth? (Location 9731)

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