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Hard Target: A Novel Hardcover – January 3, 2012

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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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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,847,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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After reading "Gideon's War" three times, I waited until 12:01AM January 3rd for the latest "Gideon Davis" installment book to be loaded to my Kindle. I read "Hard Target" faster than I read "Gideon's War"--three days of non-stop action!

I was a bit confused by the unnecessarily long opening of the story, which initially I thought had nothing to do with the upcoming story. Eventually, the opening made sense. I liked that Howard Gordon focused on the character of Gideon's brother, Tillman, throughout the story, because not alot was learned in the first book about Tillman.

Even though I gave this book five stars. I was a bit disappointed with the abrupt ending of the book. I certainly would have liked to have read more about the wedding between Gideon Davis and Kate Murphy, rather than the (too many) details at the beginning of the book. By writing details of the wedding such as who attended the wedding or who was Gideon's Best Man, etc, certainly would have provided character details for the next book. Why not end the book on a positive note by describing where "Mr & Mrs Davis" went on their honeymoon--? These details could possibly have provided an opening to the next installment-- for example, they are approached by someone on their honeymoon that eventually turns into another political thriller that the couple gets involved in, right after they are married.

I gave this book five stars because I can't wait for the next installment (book) in the "Gideon Davis" series. Howard Gordon has a really great thing going here--his book-writing skills are as good, if not better than other character-type series writers like James Patterson.
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