Gideon Crew was twelve years old when he saw his father, who had been accused of being a traitor, gunned down by federal agents. When he was twenty-four, he was called to his mother's sickbed, and before she died, she told Gideon the truth about his father's innocence and made a last request that he seek revenge for his father's murder.
Gideon is a careful man, and thus he takes his time fulfilling his promise to his mother. He changes his life and works out a foolproof plan. All the while, he is being secretly watched by Eli Glinn, a subcontractor to the Department of Homeland Security. Just when Gideon thinks he has earned the right to a quiet future, Glinn makes him an offer he finds difficult to refuse.
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's new series begins with the just released Gideon's Sword. The authors introduce readers to Gideon Crew: an art thief turned physicist turned special agent working for government security. Gideon's unpredictability and unique background make him the perfect operative for Eli Glinn's purposes. Unfortunately, Gideon's lack of formal training as an agent means he can make mistakes, sometimes with grave consequences.
Gideon's Sword is an action-packed mystery-thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. Although Gideon can be sure that one of his opponents, Nodding Crane, is a brutal hit man, he is uncertain about the loyalties and trustworthiness of everyone else he meets during his mission to steal the plans for a new high-tech weapon from a Chinese scientist traveling to the United States. To make things more difficult, no one seems have clear idea of what the weapon might be or why the scientist decided to leave China.
Gideon's arsenal of talents includes quick memorization of facts and numbers and the ability to mimic voices. He can change his personality as easily as he changes disguises, extracting information from his marks without their even realizing it. Gideon is a complex protagonist who generally wants to do the right thing but who has his own code of ethics. Even if you don't condone his decisions, you'll be on his side.
While Gideon's Sword does not end on a cliff-hanger, it most definitely sets you up for the next in series. I hope we don't have to wait very long.
I listened to the unabridged audio edition (Hachette Audio; 10 hr), read by John Glover. Glover does a fabulous job creating tension and getting us inside Gideon's world. His changes in pacing and volume help make this an exciting listen. The only thing I didn't like was the use of some music and sound effects under the narration. Let me be clear that this happens only a handful of times and does not muffle the reading; still, I wish the music hadn't been there. Regardless, I am looking forward to listening to the next Gideon Crew book, and I hope Glover is the narrator.
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Published by Hachette Group / Grand Central Publishing, February 2011
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