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Gideon's Sword [Hardcover]

Douglas Preston , Lincoln Child
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Feb. 22 2011 Gideon Crew series
Introducing Gideon Crew: trickster, prodigy, master thief


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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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. Preston's acclaimed nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, is being made into a movie starring George Clooney. 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, The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Pendergast would run circles around Gideon March 5 2011
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When he was twelve, Gideon Crew witnessed his father's murder. Over the course of the following twenty years, he plotted his revenge. Gideon's vengeful machinations, however, draw the attention of a shadowy organization which believes his unique skill-set could be of great use to them.

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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent adventure March 22 2011
I am a huge fan of Preston and Child's Pendergast series, so I was very excited to get my hands on Gideon's Sword. This is the first book in a new series, and while this doesn't have the paranormal elements that are found in the Pendergast books, it definitely has the same breakneck pacing and twisty-turning plot.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gideon's Sword March 27 2013
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I enjoyed this book very much. It was a different type of story and I was intrigued with it. I didn't expect to be entertained with this book as I was used to Pendergast stories. I recommend this book.
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what an unexpected twist - Pendergast has a rival - loved the book
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