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From the producer of 24, the exciting follow-up to Gideon’s War involves a harrowing attempt to stop a homegrown terrorist plot to destroy the U.S. government.

When FBI Agent Nancy Clement discovers evidence of an impending terrorist attack on U.S. soil, higher-ups at the Bureau are leery of her chief source: a meth-head informant affiliated with a white supremacist group. But Nancy follows her hunch and calls in Gideon Davis to evaluate her source. Like Nancy, Gideon becomes ...

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Overview

From the producer of 24, the exciting follow-up to Gideon’s War involves a harrowing attempt to stop a homegrown terrorist plot to destroy the U.S. government.

When FBI Agent Nancy Clement discovers evidence of an impending terrorist attack on U.S. soil, higher-ups at the Bureau are leery of her chief source: a meth-head informant affiliated with a white supremacist group. But Nancy follows her hunch and calls in Gideon Davis to evaluate her source. Like Nancy, Gideon becomes convinced that a serious plot exists, but the informant is murdered before either he or Nancy can get more details from him. So Gideon enlists his brother Tillman—newly sprung from prison through a presidential pardon obtained by Gideon—as an undercover operative to infiltrate a group of white supremacists who may be involved.

Eventually, Gideon and Tillman get on the trail of the real conspirators and uncover their audacious plan to eliminate the entire top tier of the U.S. government during the State of the Union Address. With only Nancy’s support, Gideon and Tillman go rogue to stop the powerful titan behind the conspiracy before the entire government is toppled.

With nonstop action and ticking time-bomb suspense, Hard Target will keep readers turning pages, and their hearts pumping fast.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Gordon’s second Gideon Davis foil-the-terrorists thriller (after 2011’s Gideon’s War) lacks the nail-biting tension that was the hallmark of the TV series 24, of which he was executive producer. Having earned the nickname “Man of Peace” for his work as a diplomatic envoy, Davis is quite capable of violence when necessary, as shown by the double-digit body count in his first outing. This time out, an informant tips Davis off to a West Virginia militia that’s plotting a major attack somewhere on U.S. soil targeting the federal government. Familiar plot elements include the FBI bureaucrat who throws obstacles in the paths of the maverick operatives racing the clock, hairbreadth escapes, and a down-to-the-wire climax. Notable among the stick figure characters is Shanelle Greenfield Klotz, “the only biracial, half-black, half-Jew in the Secret Service.” Nothing distinguishes this from the pack of Clancyesque suspense novels. Agent: Rick Rosen. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
A sequel of sorts to Gordon's debut (Gideon's War, 2011), this anti-Washington conspiracy novel aims high but falls flat. The Davis brothers are back. Gideon, the so-called Man of Peace, is fired up for action after taking out those bad guys in the debut. Tillman, scapegoated by the federal government, is holed up in a cabin in the West Virginia woods. Gideon gets wind of a serious conspiracy being hatched by a militia leader, Jim Verhoven, a neighbor of Tillman's. His fiancée Kate gets it. "Honey," she asks sweetly, "do you want the Glock or the SIG?" Tillman is busy tracking wild boar, but agrees to help Gideon out. Suddenly he's in the middle of a firefight on Verhoven's land between the Feds and the militia, which will leave 12 people dead. It's too much too soon, poor pacing, but it allows Tillman to rescue Verhoven's wicked wife Lorene, gain the conspirators' trust and learn their secrets. Except he doesn't quite, because Verhoven is not the mastermind. That would be Dale Wilmot, an Idaho landowner and businessman, boiling with rage since his son Evan returned from Iraq without his legs. The federal government, all of it, will pay, when its representatives are gathered at the Capitol for the State of the Union. Wilmot has the heating contract for the building and will siphon cyanide gas through the ducts. This would be more compelling if Wilmot was a remotely credible terrorist. It doesn't help that the action is split between the Capitol basement, the Virginia home of a Secret Service agent whose family has been taken hostage, and Idaho, where it's left to a minor character to alert Gideon to the imminent gas attack. The action is further slowed by lectures about security rings, refrigerants and pressurized tanks. No surprise, then, that the climax can't compare for excitement with Tillman's elemental encounter with that monster boar in the woods. Beneath the trappings, hollow at its core.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439175828
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,051,386
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Gordon

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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