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Gideon's Sword | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

Gideon's Sword

At 12, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At 24, 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Introducing Gideon Crew: trickster, prodigy, master thief....

At 12, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down.

At 24, 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....

©2011 Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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    Yvonne Montrose, CO, United States 02-28-11
    Yvonne Montrose, CO, United States 02-28-11
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    "Sad"

    I have read and recommended most every book these two have written either together or separately, and I was sorely disappointed with this one. Will not be buying a sequel to this series. Boring, nothing new in style or subject. Sorry guys, but will not be recommending this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Harmon Prairieville, LA USA 02-26-11
    Shirley Harmon Prairieville, LA USA 02-26-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A new series. Hot Dog!"

    Come on, people! Can't you see this is the beginning of a new, quirky series? The first book lays the foundation so may be less than riveting; but I can see good things coming. The P&C duo won't let us down. Can't wait for installment 2!!

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    lloyd mollymook, Australia 02-27-11
    lloyd mollymook, Australia 02-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "poor choice"

    I cannot believe these authors are the same I have enjoyed in the past, the book was trite, poorly scoped,lacking in depth/entertainment, a waste of money, I didn't finish it , I will probarbly buy future books by the same authors but not for some time

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Corona, CA, United States 02-21-12
    Larry Corona, CA, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "You've got to be kidding me. (Spoiler Alert)"

    The book had it's moments, but it seemed in the end to be just a plot looking for an ending. And it was tolerable until the end. I can sit by with a lot of silly stuff as long as it adds something to the story, but in this case it just got too stupid for words. The main character and the protagonist on a deserted Island in New York City dueling it out with clanging back hoes was just too much for me to handle.

    The main character had a dozen opportunities to kill the bad guy but decided instead to have a duel at midnight with guns and backhoes in an empty cemetery with night vision goggles. I've read more believable stuff from junior high school boys. But there were moments when it was an acceptable novel. I liked that Eli Glynn was part of the story, but clearly not enough to save it from the scrap heap. I gave it two stars because I did finish it. There have been a few audible books that I have abandoned. This wasn't one of them, but maybe it should have been.

    I will probably listen to the sequel only because I have read or listened to every Preston Child book they have written. Normally their stuff is great. Maybe they had their teenage kids write this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Athanasia Wilmington, MA USA 02-07-12
    Chris Athanasia Wilmington, MA USA 02-07-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't write reviews. This is not a review, more like a warning. Usually like P&C books. This one was horribly written. Paper thin plot apparently stretched out to fill a page count. Too bad too, potentially interesting character left undeveloped and wasted in a simple, straight-line plot. Didn't help that the narrator attributed Gideon with a whiney, unheroic voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Bedford, TX, United States 01-27-12
    Doug Bedford, TX, United States 01-27-12 Member Since 2006

    DG

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    "Surprised I finished it"
    What disappointed you about Gideon's Sword?

    Engineering and technical aaspect poor. Areas of teh story contradict what was previously told.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    New author. Robert Craig. The Monkeys Raincoat


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Glover?

    Favorite narrator Scott Brick. Ilisten to books he narrates as first choice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I do not have anything positive to say about this book. Will not buy any other books from this author.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Cypress, TX, United States 01-09-12
    Brian Cypress, TX, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Nothing Special"

    These two don't write bad books but the ending was disappointment. You can tell they are setting up a new character. There seemed to be too many holes in the story. It was entertaining though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron Arnold, MD, United States 12-15-11
    Cameron Arnold, MD, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2011

    A lover of contemporary, character driven sci-fi.

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    "Canned action with mediocre characters"
    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or John Glover?

    Absolutely. Preston and Child are an amazing team, but I stopped listening halfway through because of the repetitive


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. R. Vujovich Dearborn, MI USA 10-21-11
    J. R. Vujovich Dearborn, MI USA 10-21-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Skip it. Ham-handed and amateurish."

    I've listened to all the Pendergast books by this team and a couple from each of them individually, and this is the first time I have been genuinely disappointed. I have a little over an hour left to listen to, and I don't know if I will even finish...I just want all the characters to die and have it be done.

    One of my big complaints is that they've taken a page from George Lucas' exposition manual: Instead of things happening, let's just have a random character show up and tell us about things happening...and this character will, with nearly no encouragement, spill all the secret information that this other character happens to need.

    Let me save you a credit/some money: This thing happened...then this happened, then this other thing happened...and this implausible thing happened...and there were some people talking...and the people formed deep personal relationships in 5 minutes for no reason...and then some stuff happened.

    John Glover has a great voice, once I managed to not hear him as Lionel Luther from Smallville, but he doesn't have a particularly wide range of character voices, so everyone tends to sound the same. Combined with the writing style, which at times is simply lines of dialog alternating between characters, I found it hard to keep track of who was supposed to be saying what. But in the end, it's fine, because they are all the same character anyway.

    Did I mention that I did not like this book? :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JDB Raleigh, NC, United States 09-20-11
    JDB Raleigh, NC, United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2001

    Love books, what else can I say.

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    "Great Story, Fantastic Narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great story. Builds at a nice pace to thrilling ending. All the while the great narration keeps you hooked.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it moved at good pace with very little "empty" prose.


    Have you listened to any of John Glover’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first John Glover performance. I knew about him from Smallville, but will definitely seek out more performances by him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a few times, overall a great story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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