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Gideon's Corpse Hardcover – January 10, 2012

4.0 out of 5 stars 330 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Gideon Crew Series

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From Booklist

The second Gideon Crew novel is definitely smoother than Gideon’s Sword (2011). The character’s substantial backstory was laid out in detail in the first book but is only briefly summarized here, allowing the authors to jump right into the story, in which Gideon, the former art thief and nuclear researcher turned secret agent, must try to defuse an explosive terrorist plot before time runs out. Gideon, an engaging fellow from the get-go, lives up to his initial promise, demonstrating an intelligence and resourcefulness that should endear him to adventure fans. He’s no Special Agent Pendergast, hero of Preston and Child’s better-known series—he lacks the subtlety and the air of mystery—but he’s a solid action hero. The first novel was a sort of shakedown cruise as the authors tried out a new character. If this follow-up is any indication, it should be smooth sailing from here on. --David Pitt


"The action zigzags like an out-of-control rocket toward a double-deceptive conclusion."―Kirkus Reviews

"Gideon, an engaging fellow from the get-go, lives up to his initial promise, demonstrating an intelligence and resourcefulness that should endear him to adventure fans."―Booklist

"Like Michael Crichton, Preston and Child weave their stories at a thrilling pace...Preston and Child never fail to entertain. And GIDEON'S CORPSE is a thriller that ranks high among their many co-authored offerings to date."―BookReporter.com

"Preston and Child deliver a tight, literate thriller...The writing is fast-paced and cinematic."―New Mexico Magazine

"Ever timely and provocative, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have given us yet another one of their taut page-turners in GIDEON'S CORPSE...The issue is never if he'll escape, but how. It's the thrill of the ride that counts, and GIDEON'S CORPSE gives the reader a front seat."
Albuquerque Journal

"A rollicking tour-de-force. The eponymous Gideon Crew would be equally comfortable smack in a Ludlum tempest or striding onto the set of the Ocean's Eleven franchise. Preston and Child have crafted an electrifying, riveting thriller on which I could continue to heap praise, but instead I will just offer this: Read the book! And we can all look forward to the next appearance of Mr. Gideon Crew in the not-so-distant future."―David Baldacci on Gideon's Sword

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780446564373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446564373
  • ASIN: 0446564370
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (330 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kathy Cunningham TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 10, 2012
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First, let's cut right to the chase - GIDEON'S CORPSE is better than GIDEON'S SWORD. The plot is better, the characterizations are better, and the writing is better. The story begins exactly where SWORD left off - Gideon is asked by the mysterious Glinn from Effective Engineering Solutions (EES) to intercede in a hostage situation involving a colleague of his, Reed Chalker, who is holding a family hostage in his NYC apartment. The scene is eerily similar to Gideon's father's tragic death decades earlier - is Chalker really a crazy kidnapper, or is what he claims (that he himself has been kidnapped and experiment on by government agents) actually true? Gideon's father was an innocent man scapegoated by the feds. What about Chalker? It becomes quickly apparent that Chalker has come in contact with radioactive isotopes - someone has assembled a nuclear weapon. Is Chalker an Islamic extremist bent on detonating a nuclear bomb in New York? Is Washington the real target? Who's behind the terrorist threat? Can Gideon Crew find the answers in time to stop an American tragedy?

I liked Gideon's character more in this book than I did in the last one. We learn more about his past as an art thief, which helps explain his masterful skill at disguise and voice alteration. Also, his relationship with a new FBI partner, Stone Fordyce, helps flesh out his personality a bit. I liked the way they worked together - Fordyce's by-the-book dryness contrasts well with Gideon's rebelliousness. On a less positive note, the "wiseass" thing is still a bit annoying to me - Gideon seems to make wisecracks at all the wrong moments, and they're never particularly witty.
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Format: Hardcover
I love Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Absolutely love them. I've read every book written by them (both their solo efforts as well as their joint endeavors) and I've done so multiple times. In fact, I've probably read every one of the Pendergast books many, many times, pulling them all out again, year after year, to read through in order. I've been to see them on their book tours and own many autographed copies of their works. I've even corresponded with them through their website, so I really do love these guys.

That having been said, the Gideon Crew series is atrocious. Absolutely atrocious. From run-on sentences to cliched plot devices and disbelief that must not only be suspended, but bled, drawn and quartered, burned, and scattered to the waves, Gideon's Corpse is a travesty, more likely the work of a mildly talented adolescent than two masters of the modern thriller. Do yourself a favor -- pick up the Pendergast series and read it (again, if you've already read them), but leave Gideon's Corpse to rot.

I was extremely displeased with the first book in this series, Gideon's Sword, but held out hope that the first book was just a fluke, a rare, poor effort that would be promptly corrected with the next book in the series, Gideon's Corpse. Admittedly, Gideon's Corpse is a vast improvement over the first book, but that really isn't saying much and I finished this book knowing that I'd never read another book in the Gideon series.

The off-putting aspects of this book are many. The plot of this one is obtusely byzantine and makes little or no sense when the end is reached.
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Above all this book is much better than the last in the Gideon Series, Gideon's Sword. I can say I'm very relieved that the authors were able to "fix" this installment. While it still has issues with suspension of disbelief, I never stopped, looked around and said "what the heck?" like I did so many times during Gideon's last adventure. There were sufficient situations to hold the readers' attentions, but they seemed to come near the beginning and the end, with an "ambling around in the desert" section in between. The authors clearly like horses and chases and canyons and liaison in caves- they have made this abundantly clear through most of their novels, and they spend about half the book on this here. We follow the characters on a string of useless leads for what seems half of the book, with the authors dropping hint after hint as to what the reality of the situation was, the whole time engaging in a laughable attempt at romance writing. The biggest problem I encountered, as in the last, was the insanely predictable screenplay-centric plot. The average reader of Preston and Child is smarter than this and deserves better, which is certainly a possible explanation for why this series has been so poorly received by that audience. It certainly is another book to read by the duo, but by all means the core Preston and Child readers will not be particularly impressed.

For those not yet aware, this series has been picked up by the folks at Paramount and will be produced by Michael Bay, random explosion extraordinaire. It really lacks the depth of the other books these authors have written; it has to.
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