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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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    adam coralville, IA, United States 03-10-11
    adam coralville, IA, United States 03-10-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Just awful"

    I don't believe this book contains a single original idea and their attitudes towards women would be more in line with a book written by Clive Cussler in the 1970's. I'm dumber for having read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary ROME, GA, United States 03-09-11
    Gary ROME, GA, United States 03-09-11
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    "Living off past reputation"

    I've read every book by these two authors, and this is my only real disappointment. I had pre-ordered the book and was excited to get it. If they do another in this series I won't buy it until I am overwhelmed by reviews of others that have read it. They are selling this book based on their past reputation. Many more like this and the reputation will be diminished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Hearst, Ontario, Canada 03-08-11
    Marc Hearst, Ontario, Canada 03-08-11 Member Since 2005
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    "They must have written this book in 2 days !!!"

    Usually, I like what Lincoln and Child are doing. Even if they are uneven. Still life with Crows is very good and Cemetery Dance is so so. But this one is very bad... As if they were doing that book for money only... The storyline is stupid and full of holes, the main character is completely dull and the bad guy is without interest. At the end of the book, I was hoping that the hero would die so Lincoln and Child stop the urge of doing another book with that hero...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Magpie USA 03-07-11
    Magpie USA 03-07-11 Member Since 2007

    You'll find me chattering and chasing shiny things.

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    "Implausible"

    I admit to only having made it through the first quarter of this book, so take my review as you will. Up until the point I turned this off in disgust, it hung on many of the characters believing something pivotal that was *completely* implausible for them to have believed. The main character is incredibly bland and you never get the feeling he could really, *plausibly* pull off anything he does.
    To add to it, the narrator spent a lot of the read pronouncing e-ver-y syl-a-ble as precisely as if he were the announcer at a spelling bee and bite hard and sharp on every ending "t". It is not often I will actually avoid a book because of the narrator, but I will be taking a hard pre listen to anything else Mr. Glover does before getting it.
    Not sure where Preston and Child were planning to go with this character, but I'm not following.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Carmel, IN, United States 03-04-11
    Becky Carmel, IN, United States 03-04-11
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    "What a change"

    I have loved all the Preston & Child books I have read. I was under impressed with the characters in this book - flawed characters with no redeeming qualities. Will give another listen based on the strength of the writers history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cheryl las vegas, NV, United States 03-04-11
    cheryl las vegas, NV, United States 03-04-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Ridiculously unrealistic, mildly entertaining"

    Sadly I cant say anything great here, it was a disappointment. Especially from these two vey talented writers skip this and read their older stuff.

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    cool in nyc 03-04-11
    cool in nyc 03-04-11 Member Since 2006
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    "What's wrong with me?"

    I love the Pendergast books. Flat out. This book isn't a Pendergast book but it's not supposed to be. I listened to the book in a couple of days. I enjoyed the book, and I enjoyed the characters. Someone mentioned the music between the chapters. I've never been a fan of a musical segue between chapters or sections of a book, but it's not a big deal to me. I enjoyed the book, and I look forward to Gideon's maturing as a character. Despite his "prognosis", there is definitely potential for him to grow. Maybe he'll even meet Pendergast one day-there's already an obvious connection between them.

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    Amazon Customer Beaverton, OR, United States 03-03-11
    Amazon Customer Beaverton, OR, United States 03-03-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Can't wait for it to end..."

    Like other reviewers have said, this is a big disappointment for fans of Preston and Child. The characters are stereotypical and/or annoying, the plot is ridiculous and not even that interesting, and the narration is not the greatest and punctuated with seemingly random musical interludes. The scenes that are supposed to be exciting plodded along until I was yelling at the stereo to get on with it! Blah!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-03-11
    Robert AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-03-11 Member Since 2005

    Entrepreneur + Avid Reader + Concerned Political Skeptic

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    "Has potential ..."

    … but a considerable distance to go before this protagonist can contribute to interesting plots in the same way that Aloysius X. L. Pendergast does. While Gideon Crew certainly doesn’t have to mirror Pendergast’s traits, he doesn’t seem to have the character that can anchor a sizzling plot - much less a series. In my opinion, Gideon is not yet that likeable or even a bit admirable.

    As for future Crew books, Preston and Child also haven’t introduced supporting characters that might be able to carry part of a story load. Finally, the story and Crew’s adversaries seemed a bit simplistic – yielding an experience that was not up to the authors’ previous work.

    John Glover did a solid job presenting a range of characters. Occasionally, however, I thought his presentation of Crew didn’t add to his likeability factor.

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    Lawrence Rochester, NH, United States 03-03-11
    Lawrence Rochester, NH, United States 03-03-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Perfectly Ordinary"

    I knew I wasn't about to read a Pendergast novel, but this from Preston & Child?!?? Me thinks P&C are embarking on the same ship Koontz has been sailing: The HMS Unremarkable.
    The characters, the story and the protagonist: perfectly ordinary…certainly NOT Preston & Child material. Don't waste the credits. If you must read it, wait until you see it in one of Audible's $4.95 sales.


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