Gideon's Sword Hardcover – Feb 22 2011
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The authors push al the right buttons for exciting the reader, and know how to knock together a white-knuckle cliffhanger. BIG ISSUE Preston and Child have crafted an electrifying, riveting thriller on which I could continue to heap praise, but instead I will just offer this: Read the book! -- DAVID BALDACCI Fast-paced and action-packed, Gideon's Sword is a clever, high velocity read. -- KATHY REICHS --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. In addition to his novels, Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker and Smithsonian magazines. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, www.PrestonChild.com. The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.
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Such is the set up for the new novel, Gideon's Sword, by frequent collaborators Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Preston and Child are better known for their series of thrillers featuring FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast, which includes Cemetery Dance and Fever Dream. With Gideon's Sword, the duo begins a new series following the exploits of the aforementioned Gideon Crew.
In an interview, Child stated that, given that Crew would be a near polar opposite of Pendergast, the style of the new series should likewise be different. And it is. The Pendergast novels offer an excellent balance of content and style, the story moving rapidly while allowing for a more in-depth exploration of both plot and character. Gideon's Sword, on the other hand, has been stripped to the bone. It is sleek and fast paced, but somewhat bare and often rushed.
Like the series in which he operates, Pendergast is a complex character whose history is largely hidden from the reader. He is mysterious and fascinating. Gideon Crew, though, exists, like the novel in which he is featured, entirely on the surface. He is brash, impulsive, young, but not especially interesting.
The plot revolves around intrigue of a vaguely political nature. There are none of the pseudo-paranormal events familiar to readers of the Pendergast series.Read more ›
Gideon Crew, their latest creation, must be compared with Pendergast, a character of the same rank as Sherlock Holmes, Nero Wolfe, Philip Marlowe and Spenser. He does not measure up. Neither does their first book.
Gideon's Sword is contrived and filled with action but no substance. It is awkwardly constructed with a mini-story at the beginning to establish the character and then a completely different story arc after the first 59 pages. The writing does improve as the novel progresses which would make me think the two writers were getting into a grove and learning how to do the job. Except these are the same two who wrote "Still Life with Crows" and an entire series of successful books covering the same ground, but doing it so much better.
This book is readable,forgettable and disposable. It's a pity.
Gideon makes a likable protagonist. Despite his unusual background, he comes across as a regular guy who suddenly finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place. When he is launched into a terrifying world of super spies and assassins, he is forced to use all the tools in his repertoire to stay alive. And it still might not be enough. An everyday person in an impossible situation is a perfect way to get me invested in a character.
There were a few places in the first section of the book that felt just a touch clunky to me, but by the time Gideon gets introduced to his new job, the plot was ticking along nicely. It just gets better and better from there. Fans of action-adventure and spy stories will love this one.
Gideon Crew was deeply affected by the violent and somewhat mysterious death of his father when he was a young boy. He grew up swearing to avenge his death. He is highly educated but makes his living as a thief. This sets up the back story. Gideon is approached by a mysterious government agency to retrieve the plans for a new weapon before they fall into the wrong hands.
Gideon is described as incredibly good looking with black hair and brilliant blue eyes. Women find him irresistible, but everyone seems to fall for his gift of gab. This seems to be his best weapon. Unfortunately I just found his glibness grating and those who seemed to fall for his increasingly obvious ploys gullible.
Gideon's Sword is full of action and the plot is fast paced. But is also somewhat far fetched in places. Gideon ends up with a dead man's suit after posing as his next of kin. I'm not sure why the police would not have objected as this was a murder. Gideon careens from one outlandish, improbable situation to another, talking his way through all of them. He seems somewhat callous in nature as well. He's not opposed to using unsuspecting others to further his own means. The tenderness he professes to feel for one such citizen falls flat.
I found the use of Hart Island, New York as a setting for part of the novel fascinating and went off to read more on the web.
So all the right elements are here - dynamic, good looking, intelligent bad boy does the impossible for shadowy organization with lots of hair raising situations. And yes, that is accomplished. But it just didn't make me a believer.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I found this book so cliché that I had a hard time getting through it. Will not be reading the rest of the series.Published 1 month ago by Orev
what an unexpected twist - Pendergast has a rival - loved the bookPublished 18 months ago by Karen Steele