Gideon’s Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

>> Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Gideon’s Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Genre: Mystery
Series: #1 in the Gideon Crew series
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 317
Source: eGalley provided by publisher through NetGalley

The Short Version:
Gideon Crew is out to avenge his father’s death and along the way attracts the attention of a mysterious organization who has an interest in utilizing his unique talents

Why I Read It:
I’d heard good things for years about Preston and Child’s Pendergast series but I wanted to catch up on a few of my current series before taking on another one with a pre-existing backlist. When I heard they were starting a new series I decided to check out the first book.

The Book
When Gideon was twelve his father’s death left he and his mother with no support and devastated by the allegations of treason. Years later his mother tells him what really happened and charges him with avenging his father’s death.

After becoming a successful and talented engineer and part time art thief, he turns his talents to revenge. In the process, he attracts the attention of a mysterious organization with dubious ties to the government. When asked to take on an assignment he is unsure whether or not these people can be trusted, but before long the mission is underway.

I’m hesitant to say much more about the plot of this suspenseful action story because I really think it’s best for the reader to learn things along with Gideon as the story plays out.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book. It’s a bit of suspense, a bit of mystery, a bit of spy story, and a little bit of Jack Bauer from 24.

It’s fast paced with plenty of twists and turns. Gideon manages to come up a lie to get him out of pretty much any tough situation. He’s got the sarcasm and quick wit that I like in my action heroes, but without an unbelievable string of luck and coincidences he’d never get out of most of the situations in which he finds himself. There’s plenty of interesting yet fairly unbelievable plot twists, but I don’t read this kind of story expecting completely plausible.

It was fun, it was a character I liked, it was interesting, but it wasn’t something that I’d put on The Hubster’s ‘you need to read this’ list. It was good enough that I’ll be watching for the next book in the series and eventually I will be picking up Preston and Child’s other books.

Rating 3.5/5


Beth F 2/22/2011 6:57 AM  

I definitely liked this better than you did, but I don't think it was the all-time best thriller I ever read. (My review will go up next week.)

I listened to the audio, though and that may have added to the enjoyment.

Elizabeth 2/22/2011 10:13 AM  

Thanks for the great review. This one's almost to the top of my TBR.

Aarti 2/23/2011 4:37 PM  

I have heard a lot of great things about Preston & Child, but I also am leery of long mystery series! So I may give them a pass for now.

Jenn's Bookshelves 2/25/2011 3:24 PM  

I'm a fan of Preston & Child so when I learned of this book I knew I had to read it. I just have to find the time to read it!

SuziQoregon 3/01/2011 7:34 PM  

BethF: I enjoyed it. I'll bet the audio was good. I definitely want to read their Pendergast series.

Elizabeth: It's a fun fast paced story.

Aarti: this is my first exposure to Preston and Child but it definitely won't be my last.

Jenn: I'm looking forward to hearing what you think. Particularly in comparison to John Gilstrap's first Jonathan Grave book.

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