While Gideon Crew isn't as well developed a character (or man) as Pendergast, I attribute that to both the age of the character and the series. Nevertheless, this was a good entertaining reading during a weekend of chores, and I'm off to download the next book in the series.
Voracious reader with a 70hr working week who rediscovered his passion for reading through Audible. Secretly in love with commutes!
I have just listened to the entire Pendergast Series, which I loved very much (bar the sub-standard Helen Trilogy).
Because I appreciate the quality of their work, I cannot believe that this book is even written by P&C, as it clearly marks a low point of their literary efforts (or lack thereof).
In fact, for their reputation's sake, I hope it is as ghost-written as it sounds.
In short, it is a sub-standard work, written with little apparent effort wasted on either character development, a compelling story line, or on overall quality. It is a concatenation of poor Lu scripted cliches and the only reason to read or listen to it is to set the backdrop for a hopefully better second book in the series. As it is, it feels like somebody is trying to flesh out a comic book by using full sentences. Eccentricity beats originality winning over ingenuity.
P&C now owe me 9hrs and 57mins of my life.
I don't know where to start, this story is so bad. I wish I had read the reviews prior to purchasing this book. I've so enjoyed every other book by Preston & Child and had the same expectations with this new series. Instead, it's a superficial tale, even silly, with a barely likable main character.
Not without a careful reading of the reviews.
Geez, where do I begin. His voice just didn't match with an early 30's Gideon Crew. The dialogue, however, made it a tough task. The words put into the mouths of the characters by the authors sounded anything but contemporary.
The first scene through the last.
A really, really disappointing new character and story.
This was a horrible book that I find difficult to believe was written by experienced authors. Add the abominable narration and the booked was a waste of a credit. The story was far fetched and glib and the narration was practically robotic. This is the first audio book that I couldn't force myself to finish it was so bad.
I just couldn't develop any sympathy or connection with the main character: Gideon Crew. Too many times I found myself saying, "So what?" I think the premise has some promise, but book just seemed flat.
Sure. They have a great track record.
The book was acted, not simply narrated.
I know there are follow books, but I think I will spend my money elsewhere.
I love Douglas Preston and Lincoln child's Relic series and Agent Pendergrass, which is why I tried this.
It was very slow. I was bored listening to it as it unfolded so slowly.
I don't know. I thought John Glover was good at doing several voices, but his tendency to warble from time to time, change registers dramatically, was not enjoyable for me.
None that I can think of.
The character of Gideon is not as interesting as those created by Preston and Child in the past.
Preston/Child do it again. Whatever they put together seems to hold me from start to finish. Narration was perfect..paced well and clear.
a jack reacher story maybe
all of them
I adore the Pendergast series, so I thought this new series would be just as great. How wrong was I? This is boring and the characters have NOTHING interesting about them. I mean really? A 30 something cute guy? How dull! Like an idiot I bought both books without listening to the first one. I will NEVER make that mistake again!
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
Not as their first Preston/Child book
An interesting tale....but not their best work...though the Co-writing pair are introducing a new lead character...I hope they figure out the new cast..they do not seem to be up to the Pendergast standard
I have read about 7 novels by Preston and Child, and I have to vehemently disagree with some of the negative reviews I have read of this book. While some reviewers have said "this feels like a movie" in a pejorative way, to me that is a strong point. It feels like a movie: the characters are very clear, they are well developed in lean, crisp strokes, the pace is fast, and the action strong. The story does a great job developing the characters through action, while pushing the story forward without slowing down much. A couple of characters from past books pop up here, and make brief reference to past events, and these said characters have matured and evolved just as you'd expect them to (referring to Eli Glinn and his buddy Garza from "Ice Limit." Having just read that one as well I was expecting Glinn to exert more control in this one). The set pieces are interesting and just like all of their stories, Gideon's Sword does have a some intriguing ideas in it. The protagonist is much more well developed than some of the previous ones I read in other books and the bad guy is fun. Gideon is a great character and it would be fun to see him in another story. As I stated at the beginning of this review, this is my 7th book by these guys and what it feels like is that the things they were doing in earlier books have sort of crystallized in this one, in a story that moves fast and gets better as it goes, and makes some of the earlier ones look like practice.