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Hard Target: A Novel Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This is one of those kind of books that panders to its readers paranoia about "the US Government is the enemy". Only Brad Thor is worse. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Peter S. Lunde
I enjoyed it. Although I have not read the first book, I could follow and know the characters easily. I like the way the brothers interplayed with each other. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Deb Carlin is THE BOOK DORK
Great book! Not quite as action packed as 'Gideon's War', but still and awesome book.Published 20 months ago by matthew rogers
I am a big Fan for 24, hard to not like Howard Gordon Books, look forward to more,Published on July 8, 2014 by Al Wysocki
Enjoyable, keeps the pulse up during the long drive to work! Better to read these novels in sequence, as is the case with most series.Published on January 24, 2014 by Elizabeth Sullivan
Was impressed with Howard Gordon's story line and characters.
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Just finished reading this second book of Howard Gordon and I love it. Great new series for people who like Mitch Rapp/Vince Flynn, Scot Harvath/Brad Thor, or Jack Reacher/Lee... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Zachatack