This loosely plotted thriller, Hollywood screenwriter Gordon's first novel, lurches unpredictably from backstory to frenzied present-day action, employing a 24-hour ticking clock for suspense. The U.S. president dispatches professional peacemaker Gideon Davis, whose career as a special envoy has taken him around the world, to the sultanate of Mohan, a small Pacific island nation, where a rising Islamist insurgency under the leadership of terrorist Abu Nasir threatens to overthrow the local, American-friendly government. That Gideon's beloved brother, Tillman, is caught in the deadly conflict raises the personal stakes. Gideon ends up on a giant deep sea oil rig, the Obelisk, where he must battle insurgents bent on destroying the platform. Frantic action featuring miraculous escapes isn't enough to compensate for a silly plot, grandiose characters, and unbelievable twists, though fans of the TV show 24, of which the author is the executive producer, may be satisfied. (Jan.)
“This explosive debut novel by the veteran producer of 24 and The X-Files…is an essential read for fans of political and action thrillers. Gordon does a superb job of drawing you in and making you care about the characters while forcing you to ask “What will happen next?” at every turn.” —Library Journal
“A thrill every clock-ticking minute! From racing through the jungles of Southeast Asia to outsmarting terrorists on a high tech oil rig in a typhoon, Howard Gordon's new international peacemaker Gideon Davis takes saving the world to a new level. Move over Jack Bauer—there’s a new sheriff in town.” —Vince Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of American Assassin
“24 was a nonstop thrill ride, and Gordon effectively translates the frantic pace of the show to the printed page. Gideon is an intriguing character whom readers will want to see again; Gordon seems to have found himself a new gig.” —Booklist
“True to form of my eight-year experience with Howard Gordon on '24,' Gideon’s War is a rip-roaring thriller.” —Kiefer Sutherland
“Howard Gordon, the man behind 24, makes the transition from screenwriter to novelist look easy with this ahead-of-the-curve thriller.” —Alex Berenson, New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight House
In this debut action thriller by Gordon (www.howardmgordon.com), executive producer of the hit show 24, presidential peace envoy Gideon Davis tries to quell a Jihad uprising focused on an oil rig situated off shore from the Pacific island nation of Mohan, where a mounting Islamist insurgency threatens to overthrow the local U.S.-friendly government. The personal stakes are raised when Gideon's older brother, Tillman Davis, gets caught in the crossfire, and pressure further increases with the introduction of a ticking time bomb and the impending destruction of the oil rig (managed by lovely Kate Murphy) by a typhoon. Actor/narrator Carlos Bernard, who plays Tony Almeida on 24, delivers an intriguing rendering of the overblown characters and unbelievable plot twists. The chapter-long tracks may be an issue for listeners anticipating frequent interruptions. A marginal purchase of greatest interest to 24fans. ["Essential...for fans of political and action thrillers," read the review of the Touchstone hc, LJ 12/10.—Ed.]—Sandy Glover, Camas P.L., WA
Jihadis. Oil rig. Typhoon. Connect the dots and you get this first novel from a TV writer and producer of the show24.
Gideon Davis, troubleshooter extraordinaire for the president of the United States, has just mediated a ceasefire in the Colombian jungle. He barely has time to pick up a peace medal from his boss before he's hustled off to his next assignment in the Sultanate of Mohan, a Muslim nation and American ally, located in the conveniently typhoon-prone South China Sea. Why the rush? Gideon's older brother Tillman, taking the name Abu Nasir, has joined a now-beleaguered jihadi insurrection. He will turn himself in, but only to his brother. The Sultan has imposed a deadline; then he will have him killed. Gideon has 23 hours. Though they've been estranged for years (Gideon the dove, Tillman the hawk), he owes his brother, his childhood protector, and Earl Parker, the national security advisor who'd cared for the boys after their parents' bloody demise. He must rendezvous with Tillman in a mountainous Mohanese village. Pursued by jihadis upriver, Gideon is forced into his first of many kills. Then two more surprises: Abu Nasir is actually on a billion-dollar oil rig, and he's not his brother but a mercenary in cahoots with the perfidious Parker, threatening to explode the rig unless the Americans withdraw from Mohan. And oh yes, a typhoon is bearing down. All this, while painfully derivative, is not quite as silly as it sounds. Keeping the back story to a minimum, Gordon gives us a mad dance of bullets and deadlines, though they can't disguise his failure to make a convincing mastermind out of Parker. Once on the rig, Gideon teams up with lovely rig manager Kate Murphy in an effort to defuse the bomb as the waves tower and the jihadis prowl. Two lonely overachievers. Hmm. Could there be a double bed in their future?
An action-packed story that would have worked better as a graphic novel.