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Gideon's War: A Novel | [Howard Gordon]

Gideon's War: A Novel

GIDEON DAVIS, whose behind-the-scenes negotiating skills have earned him the role of peacemaker in conflicts around the globe, knows more about hush-hush discussions in Capitol corridors than he does about hand-to-hand combat. But his more practical, tactical skills come into play when he’s called on by family friend and government bigwig Earl Parker to chaperone a rogue agent from Southeast Asia to D.C. The agent, Tillman Davis, has promised to turn himself in— but only to his brother, Gideon.
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Publisher's Summary

Howard Gordon—the longtime executive producer of the hit TV series 24—makes his fiction debut with a tale of political intrigue and international terrorism. Gideon Davis has just 48 hours to bring his rogue agent brother in—before a twisted global conspiracy turns deadly.

GIDEON DAVIS, whose behind-the-scenes negotiating skills have earned him the role of peacemaker in conflicts around the globe, knows more about hush-hush discussions in Capitol corridors than he does about hand-to-hand combat. But his more practical, tactical skills come into play when he’s called on by family friend and government bigwig Earl Parker to chaperone a rogue agent from Southeast Asia to D.C. The agent, Tillman Davis, has promised to turn himself in— but only to his brother, Gideon.

Although the two brothers have been estranged for years, Gideon cannot fathom how his brother could have turned into so ruthless a man. But when the plan for Tillman’s surrender goes awry and Earl Parker is taken hostage, Gideon is forced to embrace his dark side in order to evade hostile locals in war-torn Mohan to make his way to the Obelisk—the multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art oil rig that has been seized by terrorists led by Tillman himself. It is with the help of oil rig manager Kate Murphy that Gideon launches an unlikely one-man rescue.

©2011 Teakwood Lane Productions, Inc (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

“True to form of my eight-year experience with Howard Gordon on '24,' Gideon’s War is a rip-roaring thriller.” (Kiefer Sutherland)

"A thrill every clock-ticking minute! From racing through the jungles of Southeast Asia to outsmarting terrorists on a high tech oil rig in a typhoon, Howard Gordon's new international peacemaker Gideon Davis takes saving the world to a new level. Move over Jack Bauer—there’s a new sheriff in town.” (Vince Flynn, New York Times best-selling author of American Assassin)

“Howard Gordon, the man behind 24, makes the transition from screenwriter to novelist look easy with this ahead-of-the-curve thriller.” (Alex Berenson, New York Times best-selling author of The Midnight House)

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    Thomas Tucson, AZ, United States 01-16-11
    Thomas Tucson, AZ, United States 01-16-11
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    "Gordon might consider going back to Producing!"

    Standard Kumbaya novel about those mean old war loving pols against the peace loving "UN" types.
    Characters are not believable. Too many simple errors; i.e. Main female character removes her
    cover-alls and is wearing a skirt underneath. This is on an oil platform. This lady was the oil platform boss.

    I suspect that Howard Gordon might have inisted "24" hire Janeane Garofalo. That was when I quit watching "24".

    Narration was monotone, dull and put me to sleep.
    I really hate to give bad review but this Audio book was really bad.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    C. Brown Columbus, OH USA 01-14-11
    C. Brown Columbus, OH USA 01-14-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Where Is George Guidall When You Need Him?"

    (singing) "take a bad book...and make it better..."

    The general plot of this book is just fine. A trusted confidant of the President needs to wage a one-man war to rescue his brother. A fine idea. However, there are two problems here:

    1. The Narrator: As Tony Almeida on 24, Carlos Bernard spoke (much like Kiefer in the title role) barely above a whisper. That works well (as contrasted with screams and explosions) in a TV show...but it's a pretty poor tone for an 11-hr audio book. Overall, the narration is "ok"...but no producer was holding his feet to the fire on his awkward execution of phrasing...and the repeated mispronunication of words like "Obelisk" (it's AHHH, not OHHH), and carbine (it's BEAN, not BYNE) just draw more attention to the overall inadequacy of the work. If EVER a work needed George Guidall to rescue it, this was it.

    2. The Pacing: Somehow, I listened to this entire book without once feeling tension or surprise. Everything felt telegraphed...I was never really engaged. It just came across as flat.

    So...it didn't completely suck...but it could (and should) have been much better.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory M. Boen Brainerd, MN, USA 01-19-11
    Gregory M. Boen Brainerd, MN, USA 01-19-11 Member Since 2006

    Big Mike

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    "Worst of 100 Audible Books in my library"

    I didn't make it through the first hour. Terrible writing, narration just as bad.
    For starters, thriller heroes don't have three syllable names....Gideon? Really? That was the first tip off....my favorite protagonists have single syllable names....Mitch, Dave, Jack....OK maybe two....like Harry...never three.
    The writing was sophomoric. When trucks blow up, they are 'like Tonka toys, thrown by an angry child". And, when Gideon picks up a branch to defend himself, it's "a branch from a fallen tree".....Please! Where else do branches come form? Oh yeah, also from my first and final hour of torture...Gideon escapes capture in a flooded ditch by breathing through a corn cob pipe, using it as a kind of snorkel. If you've ever used a corn cob pipe, you know a hamster couldn't breath through it. Shame on you Vince Flynn for endorsing this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    SUZANNE Tacoma, WA, United States 01-17-11
    SUZANNE Tacoma, WA, United States 01-17-11 Member Since 2005
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    "I agree--boring!"

    I got suckered in by a comparison to the Mitch Rapp novels, which I love. I should have waited for more reviews. Sorry I wasted a credit on this.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    01-12-11
    01-12-11 Member Since 2006
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    "A Completely Gripping Thrill Ride..."

    This is exactly what I always hope for in a work of fiction. Grabs me nearly immediately, holds me throughout the story...keeps me guessing, and has me looking for excuses to be able to listen. If there were more novels like this my yard would be pristine, my garage organized and my waist line wafer thin.

    This modern day thriller is an excellent first effort (in novel form) by Mr. Gordon. Of course if you are a fan of 24 you would expect nothing less. Classic good versus evil with non-stop drama and hardly a moment to breathe. Just when you think you know what is next there is another twist. The characters are compelling and well developed.

    I was a tad worried about Carlos Bernard as our narrator. His portrayal of Tony Almeida is a character with such flat affect most of the time that I was worried that he might sound bored reading the book (ala Brad Pitt's reading of All the Pretty Horses). I listened to the sample and was not convinced that I was incorrect, but the story seemed good enough that I figured it would still be good even if Mr. Bernard was flat. Thankfully, that is not the case at all. He has appropriate enthusiasm, good inflection and a surprisingly (to me) dynamic vocal range and gift for accents. For my money (or listener credit) he actually made the story even more enjoyable than it otherwise might have been.

    Love It!

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Harbor Springs, MI, United States 01-14-11
    Anthony Harbor Springs, MI, United States 01-14-11
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    "Predictable, unbelievable, boring"

    Another tired old powerful people in our own (the US) government are the enemy and if we just embrace our enemies in dialog they will love us story. The story is uninteresting, the hero's exploits unbelievable even for fiction, and the audible presentation dull.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Bradenton, FL 01-13-11
    Rob Bradenton, FL 01-13-11 Member Since 2007
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    "B O R I N G ! ! !"

    It was painful for me to finish this audiobook. I never did get interested in the characters. Very predictable.

    The narrator was dull and unemotional. I would not recommend this read to anybody I like.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    robert park city, UT, United States 02-26-11
    robert park city, UT, United States 02-26-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Gideons War"

    Very Weak. I have been grateful for audibles recommendations, but this one is a loser. I loved 24, but feel the pc coolaide must be free flowing in LA. Boring and not very believable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. C. Haraway Colorado Springs 02-05-11
    D. C. Haraway Colorado Springs 02-05-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Needs to learn the walk"

    It was preposterous that the author spent so little time on research. He expects everyman to believe that you drill wells from a production platform. Production lasts decades. Drilling? Depending on how many directional wells, a couple of years. Maybe. Oh yeah, and the rig is drilling in 600 feet of water on a stationary platform with cement supports. How about a semisubmersible, floating on pontoons 100 feet below the surface? Much easier. I just couldn't get past a guy writing a book with such little respect for reality. He got paid for this, right?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JerryL 01-14-11
    JerryL 01-14-11 Member Since 2007

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    "You gotta be kidding me!!"

    This is absolutely the most boring audiobook I have ever TRIED to listen to. STAY away it is absolutely a waste of your time and money.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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