Gideon's War: A Novel

Gideon's War: A Novel

by Howard Gordon
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Gideon's War: A Novel by Howard Gordon

Howard Gordon—the longtime executive producer of the hit TV series 24—makes his fiction debut with a tale of political intrigue and international terrorism. Gideon Davis has just 48 hours to bring his rogue agent brother in—before a twisted global conspiracy turns deadly.

GIDEON DAVIS, whose behind-the-scenes negotiating skills have earned him the role of peacemaker in conflicts around the globe, knows more about hush-hush discussions in Capitol corridors than he does about hand-to-hand combat. But his more practical, tactical skills come into play when he’s called on by family friend and government bigwig Earl Parker to chaperone a rogue agent from Southeast Asia to D.C. The agent, Tillman Davis, has promised to turn himself in— but only to his brother, Gideon.

Although the two brothers have been estranged for years, Gideon cannot fathom how his brother could have turned into so ruthless a man. But when the plan for Tillman’s surrender goes awry and Earl Parker is taken hostage, Gideon is forced to embrace his dark side in order to evade hostile locals in war-torn Mohan to make his way to the Obelisk—the multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art oil rig that has been seized by terrorists led by Tillman himself. It is with the help of oil rig manager Kate Murphy that Gideon launches an unlikely one-man rescue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476788289
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 04/12/2014
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 652,244
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Howard Gordon is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning writer and producer who has worked in Hollywood for more than twenty years. He co-created the hit Showtime series Homeland, and is the showrunner of the NBC series Awake. He also served as executive producer of the hit television show 24 for its full eight-season run, and prior to working on 24, Gordon was a writer and executive producer for The X-Files. He lives with his family in Pacific Palisades, California.

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Gideon's War 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
slitranger More than 1 year ago
I was able to procure an advanced copy of this book - which was titled "The Obelisk". Named for the structure that becomes the center point of the story, much like the HQ for CTU was the central nexus for some many catastrophes for "Jack Bauer". The most troubling thing for me was that no matter how distant I tried to put the tv show 24 out of my head - or how badly I tried to forget Kiefer Sutherland as a main character. It didn't help. The way that the characters, story, and plot are written...all the key elements that created "drinking games" for Fox's 24 are all there. The repetitive nature of the double crosses, the drop in a climatic scene, the characters' shock at incredulous news regarding a triple cross from a person so well trusted. The thing that was probably the most annoying to this reader was how "politically" geared the story was to comparing the 9/11 Twin Towers being destroyed to a political agenda that has laid so much speculation as to whether or not islamic jihadist really flew the planes into the towers and killed Americans. I remember watching one the 24 Behind-the-Scenes Specials where they talked to Howard Gordan and Brian Grazer where they talked about how one of them was "liberal" and the other was "conservative". The one thing that still remains without getting to nit-picky about minor details is that the story still reads too much like a script out of the series, with Jack Bauer now being a pacifist who hates guns; and makes peace with people like Nicaraguan Noriega, Venezuelan Chavez, and countless scumbags like North Korea's Kim Family to the chowder-heads killing everyone in Myanmar and Burma. Gideon Davis is the author's "new sheriff in town", but the protagonist of the story reads like Jack Bauer in Neville Chamberlain's skin. It's not until the very ending climax of the story where the "I won't pick up a gun, I don't like guns, but I have the zen like wisdom to hit a target out at 30 yards with a fully automatic weapon" comes into play. The story does not appear to be lengthy in terms of technical content or very much "body". The characters are shallow to say the least. Gideon's brother who is supposed to be the pseudo-essential antagonist doesn't show up until the very end. As a reader who loves this genre of books, I don't buy it! I was disappointed that one of my favorite authors, Brad Thor actually gave this book high praise. Quite honestly, I believe Brad's advanced reader is the identical twin to the one I read. If you need a fast read, and don't care too much about "enjoying" the may want to take a chance at this one. But the hype that this book is receiving had better be well paid for the actual final product. Because this was no Brad Thor, David Michaels, David Baldacci, Dale Brown, Tom Clancy, or Sandra Brown (she's not even a favorite of mine) novel. I realize that comparing a "new-fledgling" writer to some of the more seasoned veterans out there is a bit unfair. But to have these same professionals dropping bits of praise for under-done, predictable, and lavishly garnished tripe - that's unacceptable in my book. Would this be adult reading? No, I would stack this short story against what Andy McNab and Robert Rigby have done for teens. This is a review off of an advanced copy that obviously had not gone through a final edit, so I don't know how very
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AuthorAshleyDawn More than 1 year ago
There is a rogue agent in Mohan the President wants brought in and Gideon Davis is the only man who can accomplish that feat. Gideon is a negotiator, known for his amazing skills and honesty. The rogue agent is none other than his brother, Tillman. The men were brought up the same way and given the same skill set, but chose vastly different ways to utilize them. Where Gideon is a negotiator, Tillman is army, special ops. Gideon has only forty-eight hours to bring his brother in before chaos erupts. Upon his arrival in Mohan, instead of being met by his brother-who was to turn himself in-Gideon is met with resistance and major hostility. Not only that, but there is a typhoon headed toward the Obelisk, an oil rig off Mohan's coast. The typhoon isn't the only threat to the Obelisk, terrorists have taken it over and now Gideon has a rescue and recover mission to accomplish! Gideon has to team up with Kate, manager of the Obelisk, if he ever hopes to rescue the hostages and bring his brother in. He has always lived by a strict code of no killing, but he may have to rethink that with this mission. You will be glued to the pages of this book from start to finish! Fast-paced and exciting! Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine
KathyTX More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. It was exciting, an easy read (which is good), and there is a twist that I didn't expect. "Terrorist" thrillers are my favorite books to read so I read many of them. Some of my favorite authors have gotten a bit preachy and critical about terrorists and the American gov't interference in the military's ability to stop terrorism. This author manages to avoid those pitfalls and to provide a fun and exciting story. I think there was plenty of character development and the story line made sense and was applicable to present day issues in the world.
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proballman More than 1 year ago
I was hoping for better, but was disappointed. The story is good, but the editing was terrible. Mr.Gordon's proofreaders did not do their job, and that's a shame. Hopefully his next book will be better.
harstan More than 1 year ago
U.S. President Diggs sends his best peacemaker special envoy Gideon Davis to the Pacific island the Sultanate of Mohan. An Islamist insurgency led by terrorist Abu Nasir threatens to overthrow the American-friendly government. Diggs also sends advisor Earl Parker, Uncle Earl to Gideon and his older brother Tillman, as he raised them after their parents died two decades ago. Though he has not had a breather after working a cease fire in the jungles of Columbia for the last three months and just came out of a Columbian hut a few hours ago to attend a DC award ceremony, Davis knows he has to leave immediately as his sibling Tillman has twenty-three hours left. Earl and Gideon travel to Mohan where they are to pick up rogue CIA Agent Tillman to bring him back to the States. Instead nothing goes right and Parker is abducted while Gideon struggles to survive amidst the civil war tearing apart the island country. Besides rescuing Uncle Earl, Gideon must liberate the Obelisk deep sea oil rig that terrorists led by Tillman seized. Oil rig manager Kate Murphy is Gideon's only ally. Faster than the speed of light, the executive producer of 24 Howard Gordon brings that concept to the written thriller genre. Ignoring plausibility with the story line over the top of the Himalayas, fans of the TV show will enjoy the Houdini escape artistry of the hero while the clock ticks down with a lot more at stake than his Uncle and a key oil rig as a world conspiracy is about to ignite. Inane, but fun, Gideon's War is to take back the Obelisk from his brother while readers anticipate a Cain and Abel confrontation; lurking in the background is the global crisis. Harriet Klausner