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Gideon's Sword (Gideon Crew #1)

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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 to avenge him.

Now, w
Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published (first published 2011)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Well boys and girls we have a new vocabulary word today! Our word for the day is "ludicrous". Can you say that word boys and girls? That's "lu·di·crous". Do you know what that word means children? Here is a definition: lu·di·crous: –adjective
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This book is absurd. Completely off of its rocker. Now, I'm all fine and dandy with some unrealistic nuances in any type of mystery/thriller novel since it comes with the territory-genius detective, amazing tracking skills etc etc. However, this book takes it way far up to the next level. Gideon can do everything (went to MIT! has a PhD! is a thief! can hack into government databases without breaking a sweat! can con a man with his amazing acting skills! and more!) On top of that he has a tragic ...more
Mar 23, 2011 Andres rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
As a fan of all the other books these guys have written together I was disappointed that their next book wasn't a Pendergast adventure, but was excited that a new book (and series) was in the works. Having finished it not 2 minutes ago, I wish it had been the next Pendergast (or even a stand-alone).

It was a quick, fun read but was ultimately disappointing since it doesn't match the level of smart thriller action and mystery (and interesting characters) they've established in their previous books
Mary Chrapliwy
This book was a real hit with me so you can imagine my shock when I went to the book's page on Amazon and found that the book was really slammed by reviewers. I read a wide variety of different types of fiction and found this book was not lacking in the least.

At the beginning of this story we learn that Gideon Crew witnessed his father's death as a young boy. He grows up thinking that his father was a traitor to his country only to learn later that he was no traitor at all. Looking to get reveng
Book Haunt
Jun 08, 2016 Book Haunt rated it liked it
August 1988

Gideon Crew is 12 years old when he accompanies his mother down to Arlington Hall station, where his father works for INSCOM, The United States Army Intelligence and Security. His father is holding hostages. When the hostages are let go Gideon and his mother watch as Gideon’s father is gunned down.

October 1996

Gideon goes to the hospital to see his dying mother. After years of drinking herself into oblivion, her liver is failing. Gideon hasn’t spent a lot of time with his mother. He’s
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This is the first book by these authors that I’ve experienced. This one was on audio at my library, so I took the opportunity to read it.

Unfortunately, I don’t think this book was very good. At the most, it was somewhat entertaining, but the writing was just odd and didn't succeed with me. Gideon is a strange character. He never quite comes off as completely competent. Instead, he seems to bumble his way through situations. He is a fast talker and has a way of getting people to tell him what he
Ms. Nikki
Erm? I was listening to this at work and the next thing I knew, it was over.

Damn those cliffs. I fell right over.

This was like a watered-down, low-budget, mediocre. thrill-filled Mission Possible. Yeah, I meant to say it that way. Gideon smooth talks and moonwalks his ass out of every hard corner he gets into. It was fun at first, but then even the character doesn't believe he gets away with the stuff he does.

This could be a fun, waiting on the next best thing, read. You just have to half listen
Feb 24, 2011 Miranda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I have been a fan of Preston and Child's entire joint career. I was very excited to see that they were finally writing another story that wasn't part of the Pendergast cycle. I love Agent Pendergast, but I was ready for a new story.

This book falls completely flat and is very disappointing. In all honesty, after the bizarre first 50 pages (which should've been either a stand alone novella or it's own book), this book is the story of the movie The Saint. The characters are one dimensional and bori
Pam (E.P. Scott)
Although I liked the character of Gideon Crew, the book was, at best, average. The story was good; a mystery/thriller/crime (sort of) plot set mostly in New York.

The plot in a nutshell. Gideon has a unique skill set(not Navy Seal or Army Ranger type skill set; different, more subtle) that has drawn the attention of a covert arm of the US government. He is hired to retrieve information from a Chinese man who they think has plans for an ultra bad new weapon.

Well, things don't go well for Gideon
May 04, 2016 Bandit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I do have considerably lower standards for my audio books than I do for the paper ones, this was still pushing it. I thought Preston and Child were suppose to be good. I downloaded three books in this series, although now I know why they were just sitting in the library catalog readily available. This one was very much in line with the Clive Cussler audio books, glib, bland, heavy on action, light on substance, like a straight to cable B flick. Didn't care for the reader either. It wasn't ...more
Mar 03, 2017 itchy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
quite a welcome departure from the pendergast style in the same literary universe

p288: then he sank the [box] cutter into the flesh and drew a long line; retracted the scalpel; drew another parallel line a centimiter away; then another.
Feb 27, 2011 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I have long been a fan of Preston & Child. They're Pendergrast books are great reads with interesting characters and good plots. That said I have to say I am disappointed in their newest series, the Gideon Crew books of which Gideon's Sword is the first. The biggest problem with the series as I see it at this point is Gideon is just not that interesting of a character.

Gideon has the misfortune of watching his father be killed when he is 12 as part of a government coverup and spends the next
Giovanni Gelati
Mar 06, 2011 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
Sincerely, this is my first read of this dynamic duo. Go ahead and chuckle at my expense, I understand. Interesting plotline in Gideon’s Sword: A family wronged and father framed by a government employee to cover his tracks as many people die heinous deaths for no reason other than the government employee’s stupidity and arrogance. Original and thought provoking, I mean the way they went about it, the narrative, not the over used and tired plotline, hahaha, gotcha. Really though, let’s check out ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
When I was in college I had a writing class with a famous author. In it he said the worst books had revenge as a plot and one should never do that. I disagreed in my head because I love novels & films with revenge as a central point.

And that's what this series is. Parts were a tad unbelievable, but really, most spy/thriller novels have to accept a suspension of disbelief. Yeah, Preston & Child's heroes are always a little affected. Pendergast with his fancy apartment in Dakota, sipping
Ed [Redacted]
This book is fairly absurd. it is the story of a guy who apparently was a super art thief, though this is just sort of blurted out at one point rather than actually set up. Anyway, he stopped being an art thief when he got his PHD in physics and went to work at Los Alamos. Then the former art thief and current scientist finds out his father was wrongly accused of treason and killed when the art thief was 12. The former art thief and current scientist and suddenly awesome con man uses his highly ...more
Aug 11, 2014 Ctgt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-noir
After careful consideration, I'm dropping this to a two star book. Just too many implausible moments to rate it a three. Gideon may end up being a good character but many of his abilities just seem to come out of nowhere. This is the first book with the character so I guess other things could be revealed down the line but since I really enjoy their Pendergast series, I was expecting much more from them. The one good thing I can say is it was a quick read.
Dec 14, 2014 Monnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book featuring Dr. Gideon Crew, whose mission in life is to avenge the murder of his father, who was made a scapegoat by the U.S. government as a result of an unsuccessful intelligence project. Because I'm a fan of both authors (singularly and collectively), when I got a chance to get all three books in the series at a super price, I jumped on it - even though of the 440 reviews of the first one at (at the time of this writing), 213 were one and/or two stars.

Feb 27, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gideon's Sword has got to be one of the most fun and exciting books I've read in a long time! I think one of the greatest reasons I enjoyed this book so much is that I had no expectations to begin with. I had no idea who the authors were, how many books they'd written or what kind of reception they've ever received. So I just jumped into the book with an open-mind and I prepared myself for whatever the book might throw at me. I was enthralled the minute I read the first chapter! At one point (ab ...more
May 15, 2012 Cyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 10, 2010 Spynonu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping to see a totally new character from these authors but instead they combined the traits of two of their most popular characters and gave him a twist. Gideon is interesting but they missed an opportunity to make him REALLY interesting but giving him a talent that is all his own. Gideon ends up being a regurgitation of Pendergast and D'Agosta in personality and isn't nearly as interesting.

P and C like to write what they know so you will see familiar themes of fine food, fine clothing,
Barbara ★
I don't think this book was Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's best effort. Gideon Crew spent ten years exacting revenge on his father's murder by US operatives. Then he is approached by a contractor to the US government and asked to do the impossible with no backup or support except cash. This is a guy who works at a power plant with absolutely no covert experience at all. It just wasn't a believable setup. And the outrageous stuff he did, I kept thinking "yeah that would work...not!"

The part
Feb 05, 2011 Brooke rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2011
I'd hoped that spending some time away from Pendergast would revitalize Preston & Child, but unfortunately, this debut in their new series was just as snoozey as the last Pendergast novel. Eli Glinn, who previously appeared in the writing duo's Ice Limit and other books, hires Gideon Crew to work a job. Gideon reminded me a bit of the television show White Collar's Neal Caffrey - he apparently robs art museums, likes to wear disguises, and has some legitimate job that is referred to a few ti ...more
Dave Moore
Apr 17, 2012 Dave Moore rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very easy to put down. Way too "Clancyish" for these two authors. I don't like how Pendergast is becoming "007" in his series, and I didn't like all the preposterous doings of the "hero". This was like reading the script for a Jason Statham movie, but not nearly as much fun. I think I'm finished with Preston & Child. I wasn't even interested in finishing this one.
Synopsis: Introducing Gideon Crew: trickster, prodigy, master thief

At age twelve, Gideon Crew witnessed his father Melvin Crew, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason being gunned down after taking hostages at INSCOM - US Army Intelligence and Security Command. His father was trying to expose the truth about a flaw in a new system that the Russians eventually hacked into and cost 26 people their lives.

At twenty-four, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His
Kyle W. Kerr
Jan 06, 2011 Kyle W. Kerr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"WHO IS GIDEON CREW?" reads the cover of the Advance Reading Copy sent out to reviewers.  Who indeed.

I’ve never read one of the many novels by either Douglas Preston OR Lincoln Child, as co-authors or individuals.  They’re internationally bestselling authors, and this was my first foray into one of their worlds.

Gideon Crew witnessed his father’s death by government agents at the age of twelve.  He grows up believing his father is a traitor, responsible for the deaths of 26 undercover agents. 
Jan 23, 2011 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the age of twelve, Gideon Crew watched as his father was murdered. Gideon’s father was accused of treason and gunned down. A failed intelligence project was blamed on Gideon’s father. At the age of twenty-four Gideon learned from his dying mother that his father had been set-up. His mother requested that Gideon avenge his father and her last words were “you’ll figure out a way”. Gideon did figure out a way and destroyed the man that had destroyed his father.

Once he has accomplished what he se
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Book Release Date: 2/22/11

What I Loved: Gideon Crew is an interesting mix of smart, wily, driven, and enigmatic. It was really nice not knowing what he would do or what lengths he would go to in order to complete his mission. His methods were clever and well thought out. He never seemed to be out of sorts no matter what situation he was put in too.

What I Liked: This book actually had two cases: 1) for revenge and 2) for money/patriotism/what the hell. The plot to revenge his f
Jordan Anderson
At face value “Gideon’s Sword” isn’t all that bad of a book. The plot is ok, the pacing is done well, it’s 380 pages so it’s a quick read, and even the chapters are nice and short and make for good stopping points throughout.

However once you take a second look, the problems start.

First and foremost, it’s almost impossible to miss the huge emblazoned “Preston & Child” plastered across this book’s cover. While this seems like the makings of a perfect novel with the author’s names printed so cl
Luanne Ollivier
I was excited to pick up Gideon's Sword - the first book introducing what will be a new series and character. I wasn't as excited when I finished it though.

Gideon Crew was deeply affected by the violent and somewhat mysterious death of his father when he was a young boy. He grew up swearing to avenge his death. He is highly educated but makes his living as a thief. This sets up the back story. Gideon is approached by a mysterious government agency to retrieve the plans for a new weapon before th
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