The Lost Island (Gideon Crew Series #3)

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Gideon Crew—brilliant scientist, master thief—is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security.

Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment—only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of...

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Overview

Gideon Crew—brilliant scientist, master thief—is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security.

Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment—only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks. As they ponder the strange map, they realize that the treasure it leads to is no ordinary fortune. It is something far more precious: an amazing discovery that could perhaps even save Gideon's life.

Together with his new partner, Amy, Gideon follows a trail of cryptic clues to an unknown island in a remote corner of the Caribbean Sea. There, off the hostile and desolate Mosquito Coast, the pair realize the extraordinary treasure they are hunting conceals an even greater shock-a revelation so profound that it may benefit the entire human race . . . if Gideon and Amy can survive.

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Master thief Gideon Crew has less than a year to live, but he can't refuse his next mission. He has been asked to penetrate the advanced security system of Manhattan's Pierpont Morgan Library and steal a single page from the invaluable Book of Kells manuscript, which is on loan there. He completes the task, but discovers that this exquisite medieval parchment conceals an ancient Greek treasure map. And then comes an even more astonishing revelation: If successfully unraveled, the map just might contain information that could save his own life. (P.S. This first new series entry in more than two years spotlights the evolving partnership between Gideon Crew and his new partner Amy.)

From the Publisher
"The action zigzags like an out-of-control rocket toward a double-deceptive conclusion."—Kirkus Reviews on Gideon's Corpse

"Gideon, an engaging fellow from the get-go, lives up to his initial promise, demonstrating an intelligence and resourcefulness that should endear him to adventure fans."—Booklist on Gideon's Corpse

"Like Michael Crichton, Preston and Child weave their stories at a thrilling pace...Preston and Child never fail to entertain. And GIDEON'S CORPSE is a thriller that ranks high among their many co-authored offerings to date."—BookReporter.com

"Preston and Child deliver a tight, literate thriller...The writing is fast-paced and cinematic."—New Mexico Magazine on Gideon's Corpse

"Ever timely and provocative, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have given us yet another one of their taut page-turners in GIDEON'S CORPSE...The issue is never if he'll escape, but how. It's the thrill of the ride that counts, and GIDEON'S CORPSE gives the reader a front seat."
Albuquerque Journal on Gideon's Corpse

"The writing is taut and intense with twists and turns to surprise even the die-hard thriller fan...the authors make it fresh and original."—RT Reviews on Gideon's Corpse

Publishers Weekly
05/12/2014
In Preston and Child’s sparkling third Gideon Crew novel (after 2012’s Gideon’s Corpse), Eli Glinn of Effective Engineering Solutions orders Crew to steal the Book of Kells, “the finest illuminated book in existence,” from New York’s Morgan Library, where it’s on loan from the Irish government—and protected by a highly sophisticated security system. When the success of this nearly impossible mission reveals a treasure map with links to ancient Greek history, Glinn sends Gideon and Amy, another operative in his employ, on a jaunt to the Caribbean. There Gideon and Amy, who briefly poses as his wife, face dangers from treasure hunters, nature, and an erosion of trust in each other. Gideon refreshingly doesn’t fit the superhero mold, and the enigmatic Amy is more than his equal in daring and intelligence. Fans of H. Rider Haggard and Edgar Rice Burroughs will find a lot to like. Agent: Eric Simonoff, William Morris Endeavor. (Aug.)
Library Journal
03/15/2014
In this third in the Gideon Crew series, our hero discovers a lost civilization—something Preston actually helped to do recently on an expedition to Honduras, which uncovered a staggering city in ruins deep in the rainforest.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-05
Preston and Child (Gideon’s Sword, 2011, etc.) sail Gideon Crew into his third adventure for Effective Engineering Solutions, a "company specializing in failure analysis" that's the brainchild of Eli Glinn, a banged-up ex-military genius who pilots his enterprise from a power wheelchair.EES assigns Crew a simple Caribbean jaunt to find an exotic plant with near-magical healing powers. But first, he'll need to sneak intothe Morgan Library in New York and steal part of Ireland’s priceless Book of Kells because the Phorkys Map, an ancient Greek text that points the way to the coveted plant, is on the reverse side. In spite of Swiss bank–level security, Crew’s now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t Kells caper takes no more time than he’ll need to sink a ship full of treasure-hunting Caribbean pirates. Thinking Crew knows the location of billions in bullion, the bad guys stumble upon him and his EES-assigned partner, Amy, a techno-type with Ph.D.s in classical languages and sociology. No meet-cute romance here for Crew and Amy; it’s eyes only on the map left by Odysseus, he of the legendary voyage. The authors crank up their descriptive powers when the pair meet Miskito Indians and then canoe offshore to search for the "lotus"—the healing plant—on deserted volcanic islands. Deserted because the census overlooked the last surviving Cyclops, "something out of a B movie, a huge muscled Neanderthal" who's "nine feet tall, with a massive head on a thickly muscled neck" and "a single glossy eye the size of a plate." The characters are static. The plot is breakneck violent. Geekery is prevalent, with Glinn employing QBA—supercomputer quantitative behavioral analysis, combining history, sociology and statistics which "can predict, to a certain extent, human behavior"—which works well except for the unforeseen murder and mayhem, betrayal and suicide.Preston and Child keep an eye out for the legendary and introduce Cyclops, mystical humanoid, to stretch the boundaries ofthe action-adventure novel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619694590
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Publication date: 8/5/2014
  • Series: Gideon Crew Series , #3
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 65,174
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 5.75 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Preston

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. Preston's acclaimed nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, is being made into a movie starring George Clooney. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, www.PrestonChild.com. The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Biography

Douglas Preston was born in 1956 in Cambridge, MA, was raised in nearby Wellesley (where, by his own admission, he and his brothers were the scourge of the neighborhood!), and graduated from Pomona College in California with a degree in English literature.

Preston's first job was as a writer for the American Museum of Natural History in New York -- an eight year stint that led to the publication of his first book, Dinosaurs in the Attic and introduced him to his future writing partner, Lincoln Child, then working as an editor at St. Martin's Press. The two men bonded, as they worked closely together on the book. As the project neared completion, Preston treated Child to a private midnight tour of the museum, an excursion that proved fateful. As Preston tells it, "...in the darkened Hall of Late Dinosaurs, under a looming T. Rex, Child turned to [me] and said: 'This would make the perfect setting for a thriller!'" Their first collaborative effort, Relic, would not be published until 1995, by which time Preston had picked up stakes and moved to Santa Fe to pursue a full-time writing career.

In addition to writing novels (The Codex, Tyrannosaur Canyon) and nonfiction books on the American Southwest (Cities of Gold, Ribbons of Time), Preston has collaborated with Lincoln Child on several post-Relic thrillers. While not strictly a series, the books share characters and events, and the stories all take place in the same universe. The authors refer to this phenomenon as "The Preston-Child Pangea."

Preston divides his time between New Mexico and Maine, while Child lives in New Jersey -- a situation that necessitates a lot of long-distance communication. But their partnership (facilitated by phone, fax, and email) is remarkably productive and thoroughly egalitarian: They shape their plots through a series of discussions; Child sends an outline of a set of chapters; Preston writes the first draft of those chapters, which is subsequently rewritten by Child; and in this way the novel is edited back and forth until both authors are happy. They attribute the relatively seamless surface of their books to the fact that "[a]ll four hands have found their way into practically every sentence, at one time or another."

In between, Preston remains busy. He is a regular contributor to magazines like National Geographic, The New Yorker, Natural History, Smithsonian, Harper's, and Travel & Leisure, and he continues with varied solo literary projects. Which is not to say his partnership with Lincoln Child is over. Fans of the bestselling Preston-Child thrillers can be assured there are bigger and better adventures to come.

Good To Know

Douglas Preston counts among his ancestors the poet Emily Dickinson, the newspaperman Horace Greeley, and the infamous murderer and opium addict Amasa Greenough.

His brother is Richard Preston, the bestselling author of The Hot Zone, The Cobra Event, The Wild Trees, and other novels and nonfiction narratives.

Preston is an expert horseman and a member of the Long Riders Guild.

He is also a National Geographic Society Fellow, has traveled extensively around the world, and contributes archaeological articles to many magazines.

In our interview, Preston shared some fun and fascinating personal anecdotes.

"My first job was washing dishes in the basement of a nursing home for $2.10 an hour, and I learned as much about the value of hard work there as I ever did later."

"I need to write in a small room -- the smaller the better. I can't write in a big room where someone might sneak up behind my back."

"My hobbies are mountain biking, horseback riding and packing, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, camping, cooking, and skiing."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Very Interesting Plot and Great Characters. The plot had enough

    Very Interesting Plot and Great Characters.
    The plot had enough mystery and intrigue to keep me reading until the very end. Gideon Crew is a first-rate character.
    I can't wait for more.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2014

    The Lost Island is everything a thriller should be, a gripping s

    The Lost Island is everything a thriller should be, a gripping story filled with unexpected twists and turns, one that keeps readers page-turning far into the night. Gideon Crew, working for the enigmatic Eli Glinn, heads off to the Caribbean only to discover that intelligence, amazing sleight-of-hand, and “social engineering” just might not be enough to pull off this job . . . or to keep him alive.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    Disappointed

    It was going good, right up til the island. I really enjoyed the first two books. I hope future installments get back to something believable.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    Highly recommended..

    Preston and Child did it again.... I could not put the book down
    once I started reading, everything else came to a screeching halt
    until I had finished the book.
    Somehow, they manage to never get repetitive. From the first page
    the reader never knows what's going to happen....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Not my favorite

    I usually Love Preston & Child, but this one was a disappointment because it was predictable on just about every level.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    One of the best & unique action books I have ever read.

    One of the best & unique action books I have ever read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2014

    Check it out

    I didn't like Gideon's attitude in this book. I don't know why he came across as so antagonistic; maybe it was the boss who made him act that way. This one was a little different and not as engrossing as the others. Still has the evil genius who must be stopped before he ruins the world.

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  • Posted September 23, 2014

    Action, Adventure--PG 13

    Clearly, Preston and Child intend this one to be snapped up by Hollywood. In fact, toward the end, "star" Gideon Crew remarks to Amy, the woman hired to go on the expedition with him, "This is like something out of a B movie."
    The opening eleven chapters, which were given away free, are excellent; Crew must find a way to steal the Book of Kells, Ireland's greatest treasure. Then the real novel begins: Find a secret medicine somewhere in the world by following a map of great but undetermined age that is on a vellum scroll made by who knows whom? On the way, deal somehow with pirates, angry natives, and a monster.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    My backstory

    I sat still. To afraid, to petrified to move. "Ur father must be very proud of u" kronos sneered, "once im done with u, ur blood wil be splattered all over olympus" i clenched my fist "you. Re<_>tarded as<_>shole!" I snapped back. My whips suddenly came encountered with my hands. I broke the chains as i began to stand. My legs felt like lead. My palm and forehead grew sweaty as kronos cried his evil laugh, "you pathetic, insignificant fool! An accident of nature! Not a worthless demigod!" My anger took over my instincts. My whips curled around kronoss neck. Tighter. Tighter. But it didnt change anything. My eyes flikered from gold to blue a my father took controll over me, "i shall obliterate u, father" a trident appeared, gripped with my hand as kronoss eyes widened. Without warning i pointed my trident towards him, making him explode to gold blood.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    Loved it!! I could not put it down and hated to see it end. An

    Loved it!! I could not put it down and hated to see it end. Another winner for Mister Preston and Child. Keep 'em coming please.

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  • Posted September 11, 2014

    Great book! Must read.

    Another fabulous read by two of my favorite authors. Plus a kind of surprise ending. You won't go wrong reading this novel.

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  • Posted September 9, 2014

    Fanciful tale

    Of course a novel by Preston and Child is exciting. Goes without saying. But the premise of this one is way out there. It is still worth reading as a vehicle of escape. And we now have a feminine super hero to go with Gideon on his escapade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    Dawn

    Nice 17&star

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    The Time Travel: Six

    The skies darkened as Lyna transformes to the aliocrn wings. Dawn has nothing but the ears. Jhony laughed manically,"Curses this Lost Magic." Dawn seehes and turned bright red. Johny laughed as he held the acienct book of Lost Magic. Ye read the words as he was transformes the full alicorn. Lyna smiled and wore the necklace,"You are wrong. If I curse this book. The curse is on you." She turned to the alicorn princess and cursed the book. Jhony gasped and skipped the target. Lyna growled. Jhony laughed,"Better Luxk next time!" <p> Back to Dawn's Human Home. He was sleeping. He woke up with the pony verizon Lyna was there next to him. He was shocked. He shook his head. Lyna wasn't there. Lyna was there with Twilight Sparkle.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Eagerly waited for it. Unfortunately unimpressed.

    Series seemed like a pretty cool, high-tech one but this one just got horribly silly and left me not worrying when the next book in the series is going to come out; I'll probably be skipping it.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    I purchased this book for my almost 13 year old nephew and was v

    I purchased this book for my almost 13 year old nephew and was very disappointed to hear from his parents that when he read the book and told them about the language in the book they asked him to stop reading it. I am visiting them and will be taking the book back home with me and will be returning it to my Barnes and Noble store in the Walpole Mall in Massachusetts. How sad that a book that was recommended as good reading for a teenager has such foul language. My nephew is raised in a Christian home where they do not use that kind of language (very rare these days I guess) In the future I will check with his parents before I buy a book for him. I regret having to write this review and I will continue to purchase books from Barnes and Noble.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    Recommended

    This book held my interest from beginning to end. It was not at all what I anticipated. But, that's good, because the subject matter surprised me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2014

    Good read...but predictable

    A good read but predictable, for all of you complaining that this book became "unbelievable" please remember this a book in the fiction catagory, that takes place in the fictional world the authors have created.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2014

    Dreamkit

    Hello?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    Athena is my mom &hearts

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