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
I'm always a little dubious when these authors stray from what I think is their strongest character. But I think they nailed it this time. The story is fast-paced and intelligent. The narrator is new to me, but he did a great job with quick dialogue. I am excited for the next installment.
Kind of a typical story line, but well done and entertaining. This team knows how to write a series that will suck you in.
I always know I will get a great story when Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are the writers. I was on a long drive to Santa Fe, NM with my husband. and when we arrived, we wanted to stay in the car and listen to the end of the book. It was a great read!!!
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.
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.
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...
You'll find me chattering and chasing shiny things.
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.
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