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Gideon's Sword (Gideon Crew, Bk 1)
Gideon's Sword - Gideon Crew, Bk 1
Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Gideon Crew has a lot on his mind. His mother has died, but only after revealing on her deathbed the true story of his father's murder. Reeling and thirsting for revenge, this talented operative must confront an even more pressing matter: He was been enlisted to steal plans for a Chinese megaweapon from a defecting scientist. 
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ISBN-13: 9780446564328
ISBN-10: 044656432X
Publication Date: 2/22/2011
Pages: 480
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 69 ratings
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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stlpug avatar reviewed Gideon's Sword (Gideon Crew, Bk 1) on + 22 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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.
Bamalama avatar reviewed Gideon's Sword (Gideon Crew, Bk 1) on + 36 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is an exciting and interesting read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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reviewed Gideon's Sword (Gideon Crew, Bk 1) on + 7 more book reviews
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"!
bjlowe avatar reviewed Gideon's Sword (Gideon Crew, Bk 1) on + 103 more book reviews
Preston and Child never fail to deliver, whether in collaboration or singly. "Gideon's Sword" is no exception.
This story has a real twist...the hero learns he has a year or less to live near the beginning of the book!
As he struggles to deal with this fact he is drafted into a mission with world-changing potential.
Gideon soon finds himself persued by Nodding Crane, an extremely dangerous assasin working for the Chinese who are determined to recover their secret.
The plot is straight-forward and moves along very smoothly toward an edge-of-the-seat climax on an abandoned island.
As is always the case with these two authors the characters are easily identified with, the action is solid and plentiful. The facts are well researched and believable...except maybe the final battle which might strain the imagination somewhat.
In my opinion, Preston and Child are amoung the best adventure novelists ever. Read their books. I was a believer after my first novel.
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The book was not up to the standards I have come to expect from these two authors. My primary compliant is
the character, to me, is not likeable. I did not have any empathy with him. I did not understand how he he morphed into the person who continually lied and changed appearences.
If they wrote a second book with character I would read it and if I felt the same after it I would not read any others with Gideon as the main character.
aladdin avatar reviewed Gideon's Sword (Gideon Crew, Bk 1) on + 154 more book reviews
Gideon is tasked with uncovering and finding what a dangerous mysterious secret weapon is - but the defecting Chinese physicist with the answer is killed before he could find out. Reminds me of a James Bond thriller, with action in New York & Hong Kong as Gideon stays one step ahead of the bad guys who want to prevent the Americans from finding out what it is. Gideons' history/motives/ loyalties and background are explained in this first in the series. An entertaining and unpredictable read, and, like Bond, Gideon survives to fight evil another day.