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Gideon's Sword (Gideon Crew series) Hardcover – February 22, 2011

3.0 out of 5 stars 507 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Gideon Crew Series

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Gideon Crew, the hero of Preston and Child’s new novel, has a complicated backstory. As a boy, he watched as his father, who had taken a man hostage, was shot down by a sniper. Less than a decade later, he learned from his mother that his father had been used by the U.S. government as a scapegoat for a failed intelligence project. After dispatching the man responsible for his father’s murder, Gideon is offered a job with a private contractor that does hush-hush work for the government. Gideon’s mission: to intercept a Chinese scientist and relieve him of the plans for a top-secret weapon. The mission doesn’t go as drawn, however, and Gideon is left with a mysterious string of numbers. Now, working mostly alone, he must determine what the numbers mean. This novel (which is apparently the first installment in a new series) isn’t as elegantly written or constructed as the authors’ popular Special Agent Pendergast novels, but it does—once you get past the backstory—hold the reader’s interest, and Gideon is undeniably a big-shouldered character, capable of supporting a series. --David Pitt

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The authors push al the right buttons for exciting the reader, and know how to knock together a white-knuckle cliffhanger. BIG ISSUE 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! -- DAVID BALDACCI Fast-paced and action-packed, Gideon's Sword is a clever, high velocity read. -- KATHY REICHS --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Gideon Crew series
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780446564328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446564328
  • ASIN: 044656432X
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (507 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gee, I almost feel like a traitor writing this. I'm a Preston/Child completist (individual novels included). I've been active on their Facebook page, where -- unlike other authors -- they've made it a point to read and respond to as many questions and comments as possible. So I feel a more personal connection to Doug & Linc than I do with any other authors. I wanted so much to love this new character and series.

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.
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This is the very first fiction review I've ever written and only the second overall. That just shows how strongly I feel about this book. I have read all the Preston and Child books and many of their individual ones. While some have been better than others at least I got the impression they gave it a good shot and didn't just mail it in for the paycheck. All their books make you suspend logic one way or another, but the amount I had to suspend it in this one was too much. It was just too unbelievable and too many "twists" which could be seen a mile away. And the shortness of it I think just proves that the authors really just wanted to crank something out as fast as possible, probably to satisfy their publishers. Their worst effort by far. Save your money. Even the best have stinkers now and then. Hopefully the next Pendergast will make up for it. If not, it's on to other authors.
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Format: Hardcover
This book wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't great either. It reads like a lackluster movie plot - no real depth, unbelievable twists and turns (like in a bad way), large amounts of suspension of disbelief. It's no wonder it reads like a movie plot... the authors were simply churning out a series to be produced by Michael Bay, who Paramount chose as director of the movies this series has already been purchased for. With all the other Preston and Child books, you have massive story lines all going at once. When you finish a chapter, you enter into another storyline. This wasn't the case with this book. You just keep right on going with the same point of view - exactly like a movie would. It really takes away quite a bit of the suspense.

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.
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Like many others, I'm a long time fan of this duo, and I feel let down and betrayed by this work. It's a paint-by-numbers government espionage story, loaded with genre cliches and patronising scenarios. The action scenes are especially poor, and character development is abandoned after the first few chapters. Some of the other reviews are spot on in regards to the SOB (suspension of belief). The Pendergast novels were able to get away with some unlikely scenarios because many of the storylines were rooted in the occult and other pseudo-scientific plot lines, but it fails horribly here in a bare-bones piece of crime fiction. Without spoiling anything, suffice it to say that Gideon tricks everyone he meets into giving him absolutely every piece of information he requires without question. There were at least 5 moments when I muttered aloud, "Give me a break, this is a joke." The twists were obvious and the story itself lacked any emotion whatsoever.

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.
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This book was so disappointing, especially in light of the talent these two guys have exhibited in the past. Trite, uninteresting characters including "the prostitute with a heart". I read the whole thing hoping it would get better. It just got worse.
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