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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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    Melissa Warrensville, NC, United States 04-28-11
    Melissa Warrensville, NC, United States 04-28-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Eli Glenn returns"

    If you're expecting Pendergast, then yes you will be disappointed. But, if you want more Eli Glenn from Ice Limit here's your chance. The book isn't bad. It's just different. Perhaps it would be a better listen if Scott Brick had been the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    shopper from Palm Springs, Ca 03-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Definitely NOT Pendergast!"

    I love this writing duo, but I was very disapointed with this book. It reads like a bad "B" movie. Gideon is just plain corney.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne 02-28-11
    Yvonne 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 2014
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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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    Tq White II Minnesota 04-12-14
    Tq White II Minnesota 04-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A Travesty"

    I cannot say whether I detest the story or the narrator more. They are both so awful that I quit the book. (Lest you think I'm superficial, I listened for three hours hoping it would get better. It didn't.)

    Some other reviewer complained that you are asked to believe the unbelievable in every chapter. I say it's worse. You are asked to listen to really stupid stuff. In one scene a prostitute who meets him for an afternoon cries when he won't continue the relationship. They didn't even have a conversation! It's just deus ex machina for the heck of it. It would never happen and makes no sense even in the context of the book.

    And every chapter, every episode has stuff like that. It is AWFUL.

    That these two hacks are rich, successful authors makes me despair for the mind and imagination of America.

    But, IT GETS WORSE!!

    The narrator 'acts', a crime in my opinion, but he 'acts' as if he's Saturday Night Live's 'Master Thespian'. Every voice is a child's impression, silly, trite, distracting. Lots of dopey accents and fake emotion. Worst of all, his idea of the protagonist (lame and poorly drawn as he is) is AWFUL. He sounds like the fifties actor who played Jimmy Olsen in the Superman show. The voice would only start to make sense if Gideon's favorite expletive was "Gosh, Miss Lane!"

    Please, do not contribute your money to this contemptible mess. It is an insult to your intelligence and degrades literature. It is a lazy, cynical, money-grubbing bit of exploitation. Don't be taken in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alejandra Viaduc 11-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fast paced, and surprisingly suprising"
    What did you love best about Gideon's Sword?

    I love action, thriller and mystery. This book is all of those things.
    At times, the author's descriptions or word choice seemed almost jouvenille, but somehow, I was still intrigued and addicted. And I couldn't wait to keep going.
    I guess I just laughed off the unbelievably un-believable parts and stuck to the guts of it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gideon's Sword?

    Not really. It's just one of those quick reads you read for pure enjoyment. I'll take nothing away from it but a fun time. It's not deep or life changing in any way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Bleh. Yes and no. There are times where it seems to technical and researched, and there are times where it seems like the author got tired and just made something up to keep it going.
    And then there's Orchid. I'm not sure if he just desperately wanted a James Bond-eque character who finds women along the way. But there was way too much connection and emotion for a 2 hour interaction. And too much feeling and heart break later on. She should have been left out completely.


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

    The narrator is a man, and more than half of the characters are women. They all ended up with low voices that sounded more like a grandfather? Even the young ones. Thank goodness there are descriptions of the voices in the book so I could counter what I was hearing with what the Author was most likely picturing as he wrote it.
    The narrator seems to change up Gideon's voice quite a bit through the book as well which annoyed me. But only slightly.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read. Great for a short weekend trip or plane ride. Not too much thinking, just action, adventure and an ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Mudie Iraq 06-18-12
    K. Mudie Iraq 06-18-12
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    "Are you sure this is a Preston/Child book?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    AWFUL! AWFUL! AWFUL! Even during a long road trip I couldn't stomach this enough to listen to continue it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 02-12-12
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 02-12-12

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Wish I had read the reviews Too lame for words"

    First...I was irritated by the stupid musical interludes which have NO relation to the story.
    Second..Gideon comes of as a lame childlike person, the backstory is confusing and the plot is full of cliches. Preston and Child have really not come thru for their fans with this one.
    Third..Save your money-it's lame and eventually irritating. I quit at chapter 16. What a waste of time and money!

    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 2014
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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 2015

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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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