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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439175829
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439175828
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,861,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The follow-up to Gideon’s War (2011) reads like another intense season of 24, the show Gordon produced. Gideon Davis is enjoying retirement and life with his fiancée when he receives evidence of an impending terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. His contacts at his former employer don’t believe him or his source. After investigating a bit further and discovering ties to a white-supremacist movement, he recruits his brother, Tillman, to help him stop the plot before lives are lost. Tillman realizes the only way to succeed is if he infiltrates the group. The suspense never wavers for a second, and the main characters are solid. Gordon does a great job of balancing the development of the heroes and nonstop action. Fans of Vince Flynn and the television adventures of Jack Bauer will eat this up. Gordon just keeps getting better. --Jeff Ayers

About the Author

Howard Gordon has been a writer and producer working in Hollywood for more than twenty years. He is the executive producer of the hit television show 24. Prior to his involvement with 24, Gordon was a writer and executive producer for The X-Files. This is his first novel. He lives with his family in Pacific Palisades, California.

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Customer Reviews

Hard Target is very exciting and suspenseful.
William P. Dillon
Not being too much a grammar czar but I expect more from a published novel.
WindyCityOddball
Howard Gordon is a top thriller writer thriller.
Harriet Klausner

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William P. Dillon on January 6, 2012
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A man with a grudge against the United States government, because his son came back from the war with amputated limbs, concocts a plan to avenge his son. He is going to take out the highest levels of government at the President's State of the Union address. A meth addict with some information about the plan confronts Gideon Davis to try to "sell" him the information. When the addict disappears, Gideon begins to believe it is all for real.

Hard Target is not as outlandish as some moments of Gideon's War but is every bit the roller coaster ride.

Hard Target is a huge success! This is a page turner, even more so than Gideon's War. Hard Target is very exciting and suspenseful.

Howard Gordon has become a "must read" author for me. I can't wait for his next book! Thanks for an exciting ride!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By grumpydan VINE VOICE on January 7, 2012
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Gideon Davis learns of a possible attack on the US government by a militia group and with the assistance of his brother and fiancé, they try to convince the powers that be. Thwarted by the FBI and others, the two brothers go on their own to stop the impending attack.

This action packed suspense is slowed down by lengthy narratives and the climax is somewhat predictable. It is what it is; reads like a television movie plot.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bill Weinberger on January 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have to clarify: Three stars means I (ultimately) liked Hard Target. It had a tight plot with page-turning suspense, realistic situations and settings, and spare writing. Once I connected with the situation and the plight of the characters, it was not easy to put down. That should have gotten it four stars, but I have to knock off a few points.

First, a half point off because I did not immediately feel connected with the protagonist. The author used a prologue to try to get the reader into the situation and define the bad guys. While this might work for a television show (the author is a successful television writer and producer), in this case it seemed more of a distraction. When we meet up with Gideon Davis in chapter one, the reader is wondering why we are spending time with this loser on his way to work, instead of finding the fate of the poor woman in the prologue.

Another half point comes off for all the head hopping. This is the not the first time I've been assaulted by viewpoint roaming from character to character in a thriller. This may be a stylistic choice and most readers might not notice. I find it jarring and distracting when it happens within a single chapter or scene. It just chops things up too much, giving the story the feel of a badly edited movie-of-the-week.

Otherwise, this was a pretty decent read and I can recommend it for anyone looking for some hard action adventure.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 3, 2012
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Dale Wilmot has always been proud of his son Evan, a successful athlete who enlisted with the military. After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Evan returns home with his legs and right arm amputated; his once beautiful face scarred so hideously he makes Krueger look handsome. Dale is angry and bitter at what the government did to his beloved son and plans to make the Feds pay in accordance with an eye for an eye.

A meth junkie waylays former State department employee Gideon Davis to inform the academic that a terrorist plot to decimate the government is in motion. Gideon tells his former girlfriend FBI Agent Nancy Clement, but her skeptical superiors reject the original source as unreliable as they have no collaborating data. The informant fails to make a meeting with Gideon and Nancy so the former heads to West Virginia to ask his brother Tillman, recipient of a presidential pardon, to infiltrate Wilmot's white supremacist militia. While the FBI continues to refuse to act on the Davis brothers' information, psychopathic Wilmot is in DC deploying his plan.

The second Davis thriller (see Gideon's War) is an exhilarating ultra fast-paced tale that starts in first gear and accelerates from there. The Davis brothers have reasons to be angry with the current administration and other leaders, but do not allow their personal contempt to prevent them from trying to stop a disaster from extreme right wing home grown terrorists. Howard Gordon is a top thriller writer thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ray J. Palen Jr. VINE VOICE on January 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Riding high on the success of his recent Golden Globes win for Best Television Drama with the show he penned, HOMELAND, Howard Gordon once again revisits the world of print fiction with the second novel in the Gideon Davis series --- HARD TARGET.

This time around, Gideon is facing a threat to our nation that exists at the very heart of it. Home-grown terrorists with a serious chip on their shoulder towards the U.S. and their government are planning an attack on the Capitol that will literally cripple the entire governmental system. Planned for the night of the President's State of the Union Address, this band of fanatics have their sights set on taking out the government in one fell swoop.

The only thing standing between the terrorists and their target is Gideon Davis and his brother, Tillman. In GIDEON'S WAR, Gideon Davis and his brother Tillman were pitted against each other --- or so we thought. Now joined together and with the help of Gideon's ex-girlfriend and FBI Agent, Nancy Clement, they represent a small band of patriots with a large task to handle.

Tillman does his part by going undercover and joining the ranks of the conspirators while Gideon and Nancy try to enlist support from the rest of the FBI and anyone who will listen to guard the nation's Capitol. Nancy's boss, Director Dahlgren, has serious reservations about trusting Tillman Davis and his meth-head informant within the white supremacist group planning the attack. Additionally, the FBI does not want to overreact against a bunch of hicks and create another Waco.

The Davis brothers realize they are mixed up with some really bad people who have an anti-government agenda that is quite alarming.
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