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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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… 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.
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.
I live to ride my bike.
I found the dialog very awkward and Gideon's deductive skills very rudimentary. The Narrator was not the right fit for this novel. A few characters were superfluous or did not have the development to have the emotional impact on Gideon as he displayed. Gildon was not charismatic and did not make me invest in his character. I wanted him to pull out some great martial arts moves or be a great shot with a gun. Gideon's skill was the fact that he did not have any. It was not enjoyable watching him fumble through his mission. I expected a lot better book from these authors who as individulas written many books, which I enjoyed. I will not read part 2.
I give it two stars... one for each author.
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