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Gideon's Sword (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

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Title:Gideon's Sword
Authors:Douglas Preston
Other authors:Lincoln Child
Info:Great Britain, Orion Books
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Tags:revenge, conspiracy, corruption, borrowed from Rockingham Library

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Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston (2011)

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I so enjoy books by Preston and Child, and this one was no different. Being the beginning of another series of books with a new main character, I am curious where they take the series, given a specific characteristic of Gideon (no spoiler here). This book was a very quick-reading story – I think I finished it in only a few days. The action is fast and fairly satisfying overall. A great beginning to another series. ( )
  highlander6022 | Dec 3, 2016 |
Gideon Crew’s life was changed when his father was killed. When he finds out why, he devotes his life to clearing his father’s name and avenging his death. This brings him to the attention of a certain U.S. Government contractor who has another mission for him.
To avoid spoilers, suffice it to say that this is a spy versus spy type adventure with larger than life characters so be ready to suspend disbelief for the sake of the story. Some aspects are predictable but there are plenty of surprises as well. What I like most about this book was the hopeful undertone. There are plenty of shady characters but it treats them as exceptions rather than as typical examples of humanity and there are plenty of truly likeable minor characters, some of whom actually survive to the end of the story. There is also the promise of a technological breakthrough that will change the world for the better.
The combination of likeable characters, an interesting plot, exciting adventure, and a hopeful mood make this a very enjoyable book. I recommend it.
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  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
I'm hooked-a new fan. While within this book isn't the best writing I have ever seen, the voice is clearly there and it is very engaging.

Unfortunately, there are no true what I like to call ah-has in the book, but it is engaging enough to keep you reading until the end.

I look forward to reading the next installment and also some of the other series by Preston and Child. ( )
  Deankut | Sep 26, 2016 |
Synopsis: Gideon was a young boy when his father was gunned down in front of him. He grew into a man with the ability to get in and out of places undetected, largely because of his ability to plan and to change those plans quickly. On her death bed, his mother revealed that his father was sacrificed to protect government bigwigs who didn’t want the world to know that their bungling had killed several secret agents. Gideon takes out the man who killed his father but is discovered by a group of men who are agents outside the government. They reveal that Gideon has a terminal illness and recruit him to work for them until his death. In this first adventure, Gideon has to recover something that is being smuggled into the states by a Chinese scientist. What isn’t clear is if these folks for whom he is working are telling the truth about his illness.

Review: Well-developed characters and plot. Fun to read, but you’re left not knowing just who to trust. ( )
  DrLed | Sep 7, 2016 |
I have one word for this book: ludicrous! Utterly unbelievable. Done. ( )
  tamarah71 | Sep 5, 2016 |
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Child, Lincolnmain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Nothing in his twelve years of life had prepared Gideon Crew for that day.
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At twelve, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down.

At twenty-four, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him.

Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.

But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills. Someone who has need of just such a renegade.

For Gideon, this operation may be only the beginning . . .
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"At age 12, Gideon Crew witnessed the brutal murder of his father. More than 20 years later, Gideon gets his revenge. But then a mysterious witness steps forward to confront Gideon on his crime---and offer him the chance of a lifetime"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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