Gideon's Sword - Gideon Crew, Bk 1 Author:Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Introducing Gideon Crew: trickster, prodigy, master thief — At twelve, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At twenty-four, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son... more » to avenge him. Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful. But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills. Someone who has need of just such a renegade. For Gideon, this operation may be only the beginning . . .« less
I am a long time fan of Preston and Child, and have eagerly awaited every installment of the Pendergast series. I picked this book up soon after it was published, hoping for another good series from these beloved authors.
It just isn't present in this book. It is an ok book, just didn't measure up to my expectations. I gave 3 stars because I am hoping this is a hiccup in the writers' progress and not a trend.
Wonderful read. Went thru it in 3 nights pre-bed reading. I couldn't help but think of the 40's and 50's saturday afternoon movies where the hero at the end of the show on one saturday ends by being thrown off the cliff, and in the start of the next saturday's show the announcer says "escaping from the cliff fall....". Or is being torn to pieces in a burning building by a tiger at the end, the next saturday the announcer says "escaping from the lion and the burning building, our hero goes to town.....or whatever". It seems Gideon is about to die many many times but is saved from left field somewhere. Trying to guess what comes out of left field is part of the fun read this book is. I've ordered the next in the series.
I put it down after reading halfway !
I found it derivative and formulaic - another tragic, heroic, genius, forced to fight evil. I don't know if I'll pick it back up.
Preston & Child seem to be "jumping on the bandwagon"!