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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

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Can't wait for it to end...

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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  • Lawrence
  • Rochester, NH, United States
  • 03-03-11

Perfectly Ordinary

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.


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  • Yvonne
  • Southfield, mi, United States
  • 03-03-11

You get less from two great authors

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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  • Harry
  • Yorktown, NY, United States
  • 03-02-11

Very Disappointed

I agree with all the other reviews that this was a poor effort by P & C. Unbelievable plot, poor character development, predictable ending, and bad narration. I have read all their books and if the next one is this bad, they'll loose me for good.

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  • Patrick
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 03-01-11

Not their Best...

But pretty good nonetheless. The new character, Gideon, has potential but he is no Pendergast.

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Well written, but predictable.

Good story, but it was a bit predictable. The main character seems to be a contrasting mix of a well read, highly knowledgeable guy who has zero ability to see the obvious about the people he meets. Narrator needs to work on alternate character voices and expressing various emotions. Highly listenable, but portions that were supposed to be edge of seat were narrated the same as business as usual.

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Great read

I've been unfortunately listening to this series out of order, but even that did not dampen my enjoyment. Wish it had been longer.

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  • CPA ks
  • McPherson, KS
  • 04-09-15

Slow

Not a bad story but not captivating enough to keep up with. I would not recommend this one. I have read others by these authors that are great but not this one.

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Great!

I really enjoyed this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I was stuck to my headphones for the past 3 days whenever I wasn't sleeping or working.

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Not Pendergast

Gideon is not good character. Hard to like him and that makes for a sometimes difficult listen. The story was OK but not up to Perdergast standards.

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