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Gideon's Sword (Gideon Crew Series #1)

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24 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

Good read!

Preston and Child, co-authors of the Agent Pendergast series, have introduced a new character, Gideon Crew. Twelve year old Gideon witnessed the violent death of his father, framed for a crime he didn't commit. Years later, he makes a deathbed promise to his mother to...
Preston and Child, co-authors of the Agent Pendergast series, have introduced a new character, Gideon Crew. Twelve year old Gideon witnessed the violent death of his father, framed for a crime he didn't commit. Years later, he makes a deathbed promise to his mother to track down General Tucker, the government official responsible, and avenge his father's death.

Crew's background as a professional thief, together with his handling of Tucker, bring him to the attention of a covert government agency. They want to hire him to intercept Mark Wu, a Chinese scientist en route to the U.S., and steal his plans for a new weapon that will supposedly change the world. But Crew is not the only one chasing Wu and at every turn Crew is battling with people trying to not only stop him from obtaining the plans but also to kill him.

Crew's series might be rather short lived if the prognosis presented in GIDEON'S SWORD is correct, which would be a shame. Preston and Child have created a very likable character and it would be nice to have him around for a while. He was already embarking on a new caper as the book ended and I'm looking forward to the next Gideon Crew novel!

Lynn Kimmerle

posted by Lynie on November 2, 2010

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16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

What a Disappointment

At the conclusion of the novel there is a section entitled, A Conversation with Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. There is a comment in that section in which the authors state, "We have a mortal fear of boring our readers". Well this novel totally bored me to the point...
At the conclusion of the novel there is a section entitled, A Conversation with Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. There is a comment in that section in which the authors state, "We have a mortal fear of boring our readers". Well this novel totally bored me to the point that I have no interest in reading any further adventures of Gideon Crew. What ever happened to the likes of Relic, The Ice Limit and the trilogy? Come on guys, return to your basic style. Your talent is wasted on Gideon. Surely you can do better. Gideons Sword is nothing more than a poor man's action flick with no substance. I was expecting an outstanding meal and not one that would result in indigestion.

posted by Gaz on February 28, 2011

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    Suspenseful and Thrilling

    Gideon Crew grows up thinking his father has committed treason. As he leads a life of crime he acquires skills of deception. When his mom is on her deathbed she confesses that his father was framed. As he seeks revenge for his father's death, he is being watched. After settling down at his rural cabin a job is offered to him. Crew is assigned to obtain plans for an Chinese operative's super weapon. While on the hunt for the weapon he encounters an assassin, a CIA agent, and a prostitute. Finding the plans for the weapon will turn out to be more difficult than Crew ever imagined. All in all I thought that the book was a great thriller. It had numerous ups, downs, twists and turns. The suspense in the book put me on the edge of my seat. Although it was suspenseful, on numerous occasions it seemed unrealistic. This is the reason I am giving it a four out of five stars. I feel like this would be a great read for anyone looking for an action packed thriller.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    I Love These Authors!

    The main character is bigger than life, his feats are beyond belief. The plot is imaginative and unusual. Their books are always a very enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Great New Character

    Although I am a die-hard fan of the Pendergast series, the first Gideon Crew novel is good -- but he will never be a Special Agent Pendergast!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Good book.

    Worth a read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    I liked it

    I know there are a lot of critics, but I still liked this book...not as much as the Pendergast series, but still good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2011

    Good!!!

    Not the best book written by the authors. Could develop into a really interesting series.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    A Magnetic Duo

    Irreparably damaged as a young boy, Gideon Crew lost his innocence on a stifling, summer day as he witnessed the unexpected slaughter of his father at the hands of the military. Haunted by the images, his elevated intelligence and uncanny knack for spinning tales made Gideon the perfect petty criminal but floundering without purpose. A deathbed demand from his mother offered with vital details surrounding that fateful day, changed the game and Gideon Crew became a man with a mission. He would seek vengeance against the man responsible for ruining his family.
    Smart, committed and successful are the exact skills that a secret operation is looking for in their new operatives and Gideon fits that mold seamlessly. While it takes a small amount of figurative arm-twisting and a large stack of cash, Gideon is on board and working by night's end. But he soon discovers that his personal arsenal may not be enough to claim victory in this instance and finally recognizes he's got one more card up his sleeve.
    Preston and Child are not messing around. Readers will find themselves enthralled within the first few pages, leaving no doubt that this duo is just as magnetic together as they are on their own. The next installment can't come out soon enough for me.
    Reviewed by Shannon Raab with Suspense Magazine

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