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Gideon's Sword (Gideon Crew series) Hardcover – February 22, 2011
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Alas, "Gideon's Sword" is easily the weakest effort of their careers.
The whole thing feels "short." Short on substance and, especially, character development. Doug & Linc usually excel at breathing life and depth into their characters. Not here. The CIA agent is the most egregious example. But even Gideon, who benefits from a lengthy back-story which (somewhat awkwardly) opens the novel, just doesn't seem "real" to me.
Any novel in this genre requires some Suspension Of (dis)Belief. But this story's "SOB" quotient is off the charts. There's plenty of page-turning action, but the overall experience is unsatisfying.
If you're just discovering Preston & Child, DON'T start here. They're much better than this.
Here's hoping "Gideon's Sword" is merely an example of the growing pains associated with stepping a bit out of your comfort zone and creating a brand new character and series. I'll sure be rooting like hell that that's the case!
P.S. Please IGNORE any of the reviewer comments about the Kindle edition being a "short story." The Kindle edition contains the entire, 352-page novel. It also has a Q&A with the authors followed by a bonus novel from Brad Meltzer. That's why the Kindle says "38% complete" when you get to the end of the novel. It is NOT a "rip-off" by any means. As I mentioned above, "Gideon" FEELS short, but that's a subjective opinion based on content, not actual length.
Overall, this is a quick fun read. I hope the next books have a bit more depth than this short story. If you're considering this over another of the duo's work, get the other.
The sad thing is that we're going to be stuck with the Gideon Crew character for a long, long time. It's not at all surprising that the authors sold the rights of this storyline to Michael Bay. We can only fight back with our wallets and our voices -- we don't want this crap. If they don't want to continue to write Pendergast, at least go back to stand alone novels with intelligent, compelling stories and leave this drivel behind.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought the other ones in the series after I read this one, GREAT BOOKSPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Slowly working my way through all of the Preston and Child books. So far I have not read any that I did not like.Published 18 days ago by Cygnet
Sadly Preston and Child miss the mark with Gideon's Sword.
If I were to point at a couple of things that brought this story down, I would start with the plot. Read more
I love series books with the same characters and this promises to be a Gideon Crew bunch. Interesting plot.Published 1 month ago by Steven L Wald
I have read all of Gideon Crew books and I am impatient waiting for the next book. Each book stands on its own but read them all great character!Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Kennedy
While I do have considerably lower standards for my audio books than I do for the paper ones, this was still pushing it. I thought Preston and Child were suppose to be good. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mia