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Gideon’s Sword (Gideon Carew Book 1) by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

February 17th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: February 22, 2011

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Description from 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.

I am a huge fan of Preston’s & Child’s Agent Pendergast books and was a little disappointed to hear that their latest book was about a new character but I should have known better.  This was another great book and an interesting introduction to a new series.

From the book description I thought the story was going to revolve around Gideon trying to figure out who was responsible for murdering his father but that really only takes up a small part of the story.  After he solves that and gets his revenge he gets recruited to get plans for what everyone thinks is a secret weapon that Mark Wu, a Chinese scientist, is smuggling out of China.  To help recruit him this organization reveals to him that he has a fatal disease & only has about a year left to live so why not spend it doing something good for his country.

I have to admit that I feel like there is something shady about this fatal condition that Gideon has and I wonder if this group set him up knowing he’s more likely to take chances if he thinks he is going to die soon anyway.  But that’s beside the point.  The characters in this book are great.  Gideon is an interesting hero in that he has a PhD, is a former art thief and is a pathological liar. Still he is overall a great guy who wants to do the right thing.  It’s hilarious listening to some of the stories and ruses he comes up with in order to get the information he needs. Some of his lies are so horribly bad karma and yet you have to admire his tenacity and imagination.

The action and mystery writes like an action flick and will keep you flipping the pages and not wanting to stop until the end.  Is some of it unbelievable? Yes. But that doesn’t take away from the fun of reading this book and it leaves you wanting more.  The book ends with this mysterious organization offering Gideon his next assignment and I cannot wait to see what will happen in that book.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Action, Books

6 Responses

  1. Laura @ ImBookingIt

    Gideon sounds like an interesting character! Preston & Child have been on my radar for awhile, maybe this would be a good place to start.

  2. dsuzuki

    You really should check them out. I love their books. This main character is very different from their other series with Agent Pendergast. For that one I would start with Relic.

  3. Felicia

    You and I do have similar views on the book. I am intrigued about the next one because it sounds like a re-do of the exact situation his father was in a long time ago. Except instead of his mom talking down his dad, it is him talking down a friend :)

  4. dsuzuki

    I know! I can’t wait to see what happens.

  5. SuziQoregon

    I enjoyed this one. Didn’t love it enough to put it on The Hubster’s ‘must read’ stack, but enough that I’ll be watching for the next book in the series and will also reading Preston and Child’s Pendergast series.

    This is my first Preston/Child but it definitely won’t be my last.

    I will say that if you enjoyed this one I highly recommend John Gilstrap’s Jonathan Grave series (the first one is ‘No Mercy”). It’s got the same ‘action movie’ feel and a fascinating main character just like Gideon’s Sword.

    I agree that there’s something shady about the medical diagnosis, but I guess we’ll have to wait for the next book.

  6. dsuzuki

    Thanks! I’ll have to go check out Gilstrap’s books. If I had to pick I probably prefer the Pendergast books. The first one, Relic, totally hooked me.

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