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Gideon's Corpse (Gideon Crew #2)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  6,910 Ratings  ·  614 Reviews
A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff.
A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before.
Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major
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Published January 10th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mark Janveau
A frustrating read for those who know what these two authors are capable of. It seemed to have much potential but instead felt contrived and shallow. Seemed, unfortunately, to be a check list book...

We must make Gideon a complex character.
Nuclear scientist - CHECK
Art thief - CHECK
Social engineer - CHECK
Gourmet chef - CHECK
Traumatic death of parent - CHECK
One year to live - CHECK

FBI buddy must be by the book. And then not - CHECK
FBI buddy must trust Gideon, then not, then trust again - CHECK
Feb 04, 2014 Jenny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, audiobooks
What the actual fuck? This is, hands down, one of the stupidest books I have ever read. And, if you've glanced at my reading history, you know that that's pretty damn impressive! I've read some extremely stupid books, but this one outdoes them all. I spent at least the last third of it coming up with snarky things to say about it instead of really listening, which wasn't a big deal, as the events are perfunctory and ridiculous anyway. I especially enjoyed (read: HATED) everything having to do wi ...more
Ms. Nikki
The story went like this: Gideon on new mission. Gideon is set-up to take the fall. Gideon needs help, but is betrayed by his partner. Gideon trusts the daughter of one of the suspected terrorists. Ignores his gut because, well, the daughter is hot and she tells him her father is innocent. "Okay, sexy lady. I believe you."

From there everything gets more unbelievable and ridiculous by the page. We've got a MMA fight where teeth get knocked out, A jump down a "you're gonna die!" waterfall, a run t
Mildew Fairy Reads
Book two of the Gideon Crew series picks up with Gideon having completed the assignment he took on for Effective Engineering Solutions, a top secret agency that subverts terrorism in the U.S.

Gideon is eager to return to his life as a nuclear scientist who likes cooking himself a nice meal after a long day of fishing. Unfortunately, things can’t be that simple. Gideon now lives with the knowledge that he has a rare brain aneurysm and has less than a year to live. The question is whether or not G
Susan Tunis
A toss-up between entertainment and frustration

Gideon Crew is back. After a lukewarm reception from Preston & Child fans—and that’s putting it charitably—their new series here makes his second outing. Now, these gentlemen haven’t written a book I didn’t enjoy yet. Still, I do understand some of the frustration that other readers have been so vocally expressing. But first, a few words on the plot…

After reluctantly completing his job for Eli Glinn and Effective Engineering Solutions, Gideon wa
Feb 07, 2012 Andres rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This sequel to a book I considered bad (or at least sub par to the two authors' other series) is a bit of an improvement in one way but is actually worse than the previous book.

Again, I'm amazed that people who are familiar with the Pendergast series can read the Gideon books and say with a straight face that they are the same in quality and caliber. The writing here is a bit better than the previous book, though because this isn't exactly reinventing the escapist thriller that isn't quite the c
Ray Palen
Feb 05, 2012 Ray Palen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the introduction of Gideon Crew, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have created one of the most unique protagonists in modern fiction. First seen in the novel, GIDEON’S SWORD, Gideon Crew jumped off the pages with a background utterly unique. Not only is he a brilliant nuclear scientist but he also suffers from a rare form of brain aneurysm and has been diagnosed with less than a year to live.

Actually, it could be anywhere from a few months to a year. All Gideon knows is that when his time
Mary Chrapliwy
Jan 07, 2012 Mary Chrapliwy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
This is the second book in a series about Gideon Crew. I read the first book, Gideon's Sword, and was immediately hooked, so I was thrilled to get my hands on this book. Though this book is an excellent thriller, it's not quite as good as the first book in the series.

Gideon has a top secret position with the government. He also works for a shadowy company that serves as a subcontractor for the government. When he is summoned by the subcontractor to go help the police with an urgent hostage situa
Mar 20, 2012 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wish you could do half stars...because this would be 2.5 if I could. I am feeling generous today.

I know that it is sometimes necessary for a character to do "something stupid" in order to advance the plot. But something-stupid should not be relied upon as a regular plot device as it was here. It especially shouldn't be relied on to such an extent when your character is supposed to be quite intelligent.

Also I like my thrillers with a whiff of reality to them and a sprinkling of logic. I
May 10, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gideon's Corpse (pub. Jan 2012) is the second book in the 'Gideon' series by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. It is the best page-turner the brilliant team have written in the past couple of years, IMO. I read it in big chunks in less than two days.

The story blazes nonstop with all the stuff we love in our thrillers: high tension, crazy fast pace from page one, things blows up, guns and chases; but it also brings more character-intense scenes to the table than the standard thriller formula.
Jan 17, 2012 Sbeam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Phew! What a stinker.
Adam Wilson
Jan 13, 2012 Adam Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a while now, Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston have been a pair of some of the most reliable authors I have ever read. Whenever I can't decide what to read or if I ever want to get out of a chain of three and two-star reads, I find a book by the pair and easily break into the wonderful world of good ratings. For some reason, the first Gideon Crew novel didn't seem to make much of a splash for readers, but I enjoyed it quite a lot. With the release of Gideon's Corpse, however, Child-Preston h ...more
Nov 19, 2012 VaultOfBooks rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
By Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. Gideon Crew #2. Grade: C

I still can't believe it took two, not one, very talented writers to pen down this particular piece of disaster.

A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff.
A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before.
Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the un
Apr 21, 2012 Aubrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of these two authors. I absolutely adore their other on-going series about Special Agent Penderghast. The current Gideon series is fantastic.

Gideon’s character is exquisite. He is a smart-ass to the core, wickedly intelligent, and enormously skilled in various areas – including espionage and self-preservation. This novel finds Gideon in a very difficult situation, one which makes him go full-throttle to get out of. He meets many interesting people along the way, and a couple very
*Rating* 3.0
*Genre* Thriller


Gideon Crew is back working for the Effective Engineering Solutions and its enigmatic leader Eli Glinn. Glinn asks Grew to attempt to try to resolve a dangerous hostage situation with one of his former colleagues Reed Chalker. Chalker, it seems, believes he has been held as a lab experiment, exposed to dangerous levels of radiation, and set up to take the fall for a nuclear attack on this country. Of course, nobody believes the rants and ravings of a mad man h
Jan 18, 2012 Henrik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 08-stars
Those familiar with Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child know that they are better together, compared with their solo writings. Most famously, of cause, is their Agent Pendergast series - which is some of the best non-fiction available. They recently started a second series, whereof "Gideon's Corpse" is the second installment. Gideon is starting to grow on me and I can see several books in this series in the years to come. Excellently written page turner with a few twist you did not see coming. Hig ...more
Hertzan Chimera
Jul 17, 2014 Hertzan Chimera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I properly enjoyed this book...

In fact, as soon as I successfully pass the 'first act' point of a book like this, I generally tend to enjoy them. I like the escapism. I like the moral abandon. I like the being forced to do the right thing.

The story gets off to a great start with a nuclear-accident plot that directly mirrors events that happened to Gideon's father, events the child Gideon witnessed, and is haunted by. Then the story goes 'a whole other different set of places' and for that I tha
Aug 25, 2014 Josephine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. The terrorist threat plot was interesting but what I really enjoyed was the way Gideon's character continues to be flushed out. We get to know what Gideon is thinking and what he is feeling a little more than in Gideon's Sword. I like that he has a conscience and the thought of killing someone makes him feel sick. He'll do it if it's necessary but it's not easy or something he takes lightly. The ability to feel guilt and remorse are a part of who he is. He's extremely intell ...more
A.R. Voss
I have mixed feelings about this book. The story was good and it had an interesting turn of events half way through, but some of the decision makings of smart characters where questionable; the sort of things I despise in bad movies. For a couple of fantastic authors who I know are capable of great stories, they left a few holes in this book.
Gideon is at best an average character for me. no where near as good as Aloysius Pendergast. I almost hope that Gideon meets and works with Pendergast in th
Jan 11, 2015 Monnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the series featuring Dr. Gideon Crew, whose talents range from fine art theft to a Ph.D. in something akin to nuclear physics to physical prowess that surpass just about any human I've ever known. And while the esteemed Dr. Crew does come across in this one as a man who actually may have a heart behind his shoulder holster, it's just not believable enough for me to ante up more than 3 stars - the same as I gave the first book, Gideon's Sword.

This one takes off with a bang -
Mar 09, 2012 Carole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this one nearly as well as the first in the series "Gideon's Sword." This are the authors that write the Pengergast series which I love--but I am disappointed in this one. Think I'll stick to what I know next time!
Mar 30, 2015 Sharyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second effort is a little better than the first. I was listening to it, but got frustrated and got the actual book out to quickly finish it, as I don't drive long distances and just couldn't figure out where this book was going!! Gideon in his genius way outsmarts everyone and is the unsung hero. One character I really liked got killed off. The government overlooked an obvious villain. But we do find out why at the end. They do pull it all together, but really some of it made no sense. I ha ...more
Amy Brown
Oh god.... what did I think? This is a pretty bad book. The logic is bad, the plot is bad. It's basically written for someone who won't be engaging their brain as they read. And for that it's pretty good; I got caught up in the plot in the middle for a while. But then a character got root access on the bad guy's BSD machine (why he's running BSD we'll never know) because the bad guy forgot to change the root password from "root" (even though he's supposedly a security nut). Having root access, t ...more
Sep 05, 2013 Ron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One man saves the world, figures out (after pursuing a few red herrings) that it isn't a Islamist nuclear threat after all, but a scheme to steal smallpox. Why? 'Cause China is getting ready to get revenge on the West for their centuries of putting it to China, and to stop that possibility, the bad guys (who are really the saviors of the West, dontcha know) are going to spread smallpox in China, and the world will have to quarantine the country and everything that it exports. HA-ha.
I thought the
Jan 19, 2012 Albert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge Preston and Child fan and even have enjoyed their solo books. Yet try as I might I still haven't come to enjoy this new series with the character of Gideon Crew. I find him lacking in so many ways and this is surprising as I have really enjoyed the other characters created by these two writers that are far more outlandish than Gideon is.
I simply haven't come to care about him and as such find his reactions and adventures to be little more than poorly developed Saturday morning TV ser
Andreas Strom
Sadly a complete miss from the usually great team of Preston and Child. Starts off ok, but then goes absolutely nowhere for over 200 pages until the plot takes off again, but at that point I had lost all interest, and the plot twists were just lazy and stupid.
Ended up hoping that they would just let that AVM kill Gideon before the third book ever got printed. They clearly aren't capable of writing this kind of book - leave that corner of the market to Lee Child - the only Child we need there. S
Dec 18, 2013 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second novel in P&C's Gideon Crew series. I'm a big fan of both authors and although I prefer the Pendergast novels, Gideon is growing on me. As in every P&C novel, there is no shortage of action, suspense, twists and turns. This began a little slow but steadily gained steam. Gideon is a very well-rounded, complex protagonist with a unique (yet believable) skillset. Though I haven't heard official plans for another Gideon novel, without spoiling it, the ending appears to be s ...more
Sep 13, 2016 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

It's interesting reading some of the other reviews about this book because while I agree with a lot of the negative comments I still enjoyed the book and found it addictive.

Yes, a lot of things didn't seem realistic and honestly it's so implausible that Gideon is capable of everything he does with no real background training. Still I think he's a fun character and kind of crazy in a way that I can't wait to see what he comes up with in each situation.

Yes, the story was pretty predictabl
Oct 11, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
This one could have been better. It was quite a page turner, but it had moments of complete departures from reality. Also, some of the bad guys were fairly easy to figure out.

There is a scene where this woman who Gideon has held hostage decides to make love to him. AS the book progresses she professes love for him. Either she was mentally flawed or starved for affection... C'mon... love doesn't happen that way.

The interesting thing is that Gideon is living with a life threatening disease, coul
After listening to and thoroughly enjoying the first book in this series, Gideon's Sword (Gideon Crew, #1) by Douglas Preston, read by John Glover, I just had to get this on Audible as well! This book is narrated by David W. Collins, and in my opinion he does a much better job of bringing the voices of Gideon and the other characters to life! It was truly riveting and enjoyable!

I won't give a total book report - there are plenty of those, but I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all the unexpected plot twists that kept me apprehen
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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school--he was almost immediately expelled--he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston. Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two fr ...more
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