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
So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.
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.
These simply cannot be the same two writers who wrote the Pendergast series. This book is made even worse by the idiotic dialog and the extremely sarcastic way in which the narrator reads the book. Maybe he was simply tortured by having to read this worthless junk and decided to make it even worse!
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 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.
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 "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.
First of all, let me say that I consider myself a Preston/Child fan and have thoroughly enjoyed the Pendergast series as well as many of their stand-alone novels. This was my first Gideon Crew book and I think it will also be my last.
After a very intriguing start (a virtually impossible art heist) the book quickly deescalates into a clichéd treasure hunt with some rather fantastical twists that the authors treat in an almost cursory manner. Perhaps most disappointing of all were the lead characters themselves who, when compared to the characters in the Pendergast series, seem thinly drawn and off-the-rack. The dialogue is forced, the action sequences (following the heist) are disappointingly predictable, and the dialogue between the characters is (at times) painfully hackneyed.
My negative review notwithstanding, I will remain a P&C fan as their body of work has been outstanding. I will, however, be bidding the Gideon Crew series 'adieu.'
First I would recommend they read the first two books then they would demand the third in the series it is that good
I was sad when the giant lost his island
Who can say anthing bad about Mr Collins performance it was right on for this cast of characters Look forward to his next reading
Actually I did both it hit a spot of humor and pitty in my heart a great story will move the reader as this one did myself and my friends
I they would only have the time to write another Gideon book that would be wonderful, we all look forward to the next book even truck drivers enjoy a good mystery
Good as always from two of my favorites. Well researched and interesting plot. Very creative in the details with lots of twists. My complaint is that the main character - Gideon - follows along too blindly throughout the book. Just too out of character and makes it less engaging. Performance was very good.
I'm always on the search for engaging, intelligent books & authors who give me a story I can relate to. Through Audible I'm finding a lot! When I'm not reading or listening, I'm writing, cooking, traveling or working on my house or in the yard. Politics is also central in my life; I feel it's important to be aware of what's going on and give voice to protecting all that we value & hold dear.
I love intelligent dialogue and this book had it - kept me engaged even in the realm of the absurd (I'm referring to the Cyclops part of the book) ...crazy but he pulled it off.
Are you kidding? The book was pure escapism Indiana Jones style which I enjoy once in a blue moon and apparently the there were two full moons this month and somehow the book showed up in my library.
The narrator was outstanding! As ridiculous as the plot was, he pulled it off.
Once in a while we all need a vicarious adventure and escape and this book was a great vehicle.
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