Gideon Crew, brilliant scientist, master thief, is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security.
Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment - only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks. As they ponder the strange map, they realize that the treasure it leads to is no ordinary fortune. It is something far more precious: an amazing discovery that could perhaps even save Gideon's life.
Together with his new partner, Amy, Gideon follows a trail of cryptic clues to an unknown island in a remote corner of the Caribbean Sea. There, off the hostile and desolate Mosquito Coast, the pair realize the extraordinary treasure they are hunting conceals an even greater shock - a revelation so profound that it may benefit the entire human race - if Gideon and Amy can survive.
©2014 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2014 Hachette Audio
This book is like skipping stones across the surface of water. It makes ripples, but only marginally holds your attention.
The plot of the book is, well, pretty silly. Columbus didn't discover America, Odysseus did. I don't want to write a spoiler, but it goes downhill from there. Details aren't developed. For example, ants rain down on Gideon, getting in his hair, crawling in his ears, but we never find out how he gets rid of them. A nit? Maybe, but I expect better from Preston & Child, at least a few words saying "Gideon did blah blah and got rid of the ants still infesting his hair." This is just an example, the book is full of them.
I won't return the book because I finished it, but I won't recommend it either. I'm not sure I'll read any more Gideon books either.
I started at the beginning with Relic, moved onto Reliquary, became a fan of Pendergast, continued, even outside the series with Riptide, Thunderhead, and Ice Limit because I enjoy a clever, original thriller. Like most fans, a P&C release guaranteed an entertaining read to me, and I believe fans will again be entertained with The Lost Island.
Increasingly, I've found myself less intrigued by the prolific duo's stories, relying more and more on my devotion to the pair than the satisfaction I have been getting from their novels. White Fire, I didn't even review -- it tested my endurance and left me a little sickened. The sensationalism trumped the writing. The Lost Island not only tested my endurance, it asked me to venture way outside the limits of my reasoning until I felt like I was being dragged through nonsense for the sake of entertainment. I finished this, but without a sense of satisfaction. There isn't much depth (other than the deep blue sea), the story seems flat, contrived, and I hate to say it, but, silly. In fairness, I haven't read other books in the Gideon series...but I don't feel compelled to do so after reading this one.
It was a nice background story, not the best of the series, but not the worst. Mildly entertaining.
My friends don't listen to these types of stories, likely to their benefit. That said,if a friend was a Preston/Child fan, I likely would.
Performance was very good, with clear characters and accents. Nothing really to dislike.
Yes, and it sets it up nicely at the end.
This is a mediocre extension of the series. Not bad, but not brilliant. Mildly recommended with reservations.
The story line is ludicrous. Event the characters became very annoying especially the female lead. I have enjoyed many of their books and was very disappointed with this one.
The use of the Odyssee was just way too big a leap. Give me a break, a giant cyclops still alive on a lonely island inhabited by murderous natives. The "heros" are repeatedly in mortal danger and still the female lead keeps sabotaging any help. Also the last minute helicopter rescue is right out of a Star Trek movie.
He did what he could with a bummer script.
Big disappointment as I was looking forward to another good read from them.
I sure hope the next one makes up for this one.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
Many others who have reviewed this book I think miss the point. This was not meant to be a rewrite of Homer's Odyssey, the book of Kells or anything else...it was meant to be an adventure in fantasy and science fiction with a current setting. I enjoyed the books and the general escape from reality it offered.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
There's some really good aspects in this book. It starts off looking for a secret and has some really neat planning and theft of a precious book, and well done scenes set on the water with sailing. Some treasure hunting and Gideon has a pretty well written female lead in Amy. There's some great chemistry early between Gideon and Amy. Then it falls off the rails hard when they reach land. Without spoiling the story, there's some big revelations that just made me roll my eyes. Characters fall apart and it's just laughable. This happens just hover halfway through and lasts through the end. That's not to say there aren't some cool and interesting things that happen after the book goes bad. I like some fantasy in my adventure novels, but takes some things to literal and it doesn't work. I'm a fan of Preston and Child and Gideon Crew stories, but this one didn't work.
It's an interesting story, had more potential. But the writers went for over dramatization at the expense of the story. If someone boards you boat, threatens to kill you, cuts you , is clearly deranged, would you just let them go after you got the upper hand? The story follows predictable lines but it's kind of fun if you just want a story to fill the time as you travel down the road. You might find yourself wanting to get to the end.
The book wasn't nearly as well written as past books by the same authors. Plot was shallow. Plot and narrative were a bit hokie at times. Several parts stretched logic and were just plan unbelievable. Characters acted completely different than the roles established for them in first two books (example Eli Glinn).
I listened to the entire book because I liked the series to date. Still by far the worst book I have read or listed to by this pair.
A "Clive Cussler/Dirk Pitt" type of formulated plot that is just "average".
As the plot turns to a new twist, you can easily predict the direction of the new turn...
I like the books when these two authors work together, but in this case they really blew it.
I strongly suggest readers to not waste their time or money on this book.
IF you have not read books by this author then I suggest you read my favorite book by this team "The Cabinet of Curiosities"...
If you liked " Pendergast" series, then I recommend you read:
"The Traveler" by John Twelve Hawks
"Fear Nothing" by Dean Koontz
"Sea Wolf" by Jack London and read by Frank Muller, a THRILLER & American Classic Literature.
I am a big fan of the Preston & Child books, but this one struck me as rather silly. But if nothing else, I learned the plural of "cyclops".
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