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Gideon's Sword (Gideon Crew #1)

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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  8,782 ratings  ·  884 reviews
Introducing Gideon Crew: trickster, prodigy, master thief

GIDEON'S SWORD

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
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Paperback, 398 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Vision (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
causing laughter because of absurdity; provoking or deserving derision; ridiculous; laughable.

So now we know a new word and we know what it means, let's use it in a sentence, okay?

"Ludicrous, this book is ludicrous".

Yes boys and girls we will use our new
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Andres
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
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Pauline
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
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
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Miranda
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
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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
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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
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[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
Giovanni Gelati
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
Karen
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
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Colleen
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
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Ctgt
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.
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
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Spynonu
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,
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Maria
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
Cyn
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Brooke
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
Josephine
I enjoyed this book very much. I have read several of Preston and Child's books as a team and also books they have each written on their own. This is probably at the top of the list of their books that I enjoyed the most. I enjoyed getting to know Gideon Crew and found him to be a little more real than some "heroes". He was easy to relate to in the sense that he was not without his flaws. For example, the way he treated Orchid. He used her but had the decency to feel guilty about it and in the e ...more
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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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
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David
Mar 20, 2011 David rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
As the reviews I read had indicated, this Preston/Child collaboration is a shabby job. I thought there could be a chance after the first 10 minutes were interesting, but the writing slipped into ordinary and predictable elements through the rest of the book. So many unnecessary and apparently difficult impersonations were performed by the main character, Gideon, that it just became silly. It seemed like the two authors were trying to one-up each other with the most outrageous contrived conflict. ...more
Kyle W.
"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. But
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
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
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Felicia
Received for review
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
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Monica
It’s not often I write a review that is bad...a review of a book that I waited a long time to get my hands on. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I was so disappointed in a book, but perhaps that’s because I carefully choose the books I want to spend time with. My book club could have gotten together once a month and written this book. Really, the only reason I finished this book was because I’m such a Preston/Child fan and I kept reading and holding out, thinking that it might redeem itsel ...more
Heidi
I hate to say I was disappointed in the new series by Preston and Child, but I was. I was really looking forward to new the new character, Gideon Crew. I have to agree with other reviewers that it appears they took qualities from Pendergast and D'Agosta and combined them for Crew. The story line began with a lot of promise but I feel like they jumped to resolutions on Crew's family past secrets so that they could move on to another story line. I would have enjoyed a book with more back story and ...more
Maegan
Here's the thing...if I wanted to read a novel written for a teenage reading level, I would do it. There is nothing wrong with that. I do it all the time. But I am picky and choosy about it. I do not choose to read books written for the maturity level appealing to an adolescent boy. Gideon crew is written like a 17 year old and the story is ridiculous on SO many levels. It's completely unbelievable, but not in a the fun way that a good fiction book should be. If you look at the other things Chil ...more
Cyn
Probably like many others, I was really let down. True fans of Preston and Child are definitely not the audience for this book. Descriptions like tacky, mindless, shallow, predictable, Hollywood script come to mind. Despite my disappointment, I continued reading hoping it would get better (it never did) and because I wanted more of Eli Glinn and possibly some clue to his survival from an earlier escapade (not to be). It was just as well since someone like Eli Glinn would want to minimize his ass ...more
Stephen Tremp
As a huge Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child fan, it pains me to write this review. Probably because it was painful to read this book. Gideon’s Sword is an attempt to introduce a new protagonist and keep things fresh amongst their fan base.

Unfortunately, Gideon Crew is no Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast. Not even close. He has no special talents, no special abilities, and no real side kick that can transfer into the next book. The character had to resort to acting out temper tantrums and other
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Not on a par with their FBI Special Agent Pendergast series. Young Gideon Crew watches his father gunned down by a SWAT team after he releases a hostage to draw attention to properly investigate a failed encryption code. Gideon's dying mother identifies the culprit and Gideon seeks retribution. Unfortunately, this subplot is a pretext for Gideon being retained by an NSA subcontractor to determine whether a Chinese scientist is defecting with an all-powerful weapon. Battling a famous Asian assass ...more
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