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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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Hardcover, 342 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (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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Pauline
Aug 29, 2011 Pauline rated it did not like it
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
Andres
Mar 24, 2011 Andres rated it it was ok
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
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Mary Chrapliwy
Jul 07, 2011 Mary Chrapliwy rated it it was amazing
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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Mildew Fairy Reads
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
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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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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
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Miranda
Feb 24, 2011 Miranda rated it did not like it
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
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Pam (E.P. Scott)
Jan 09, 2014 Pam (E.P. Scott) rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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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Bandit
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
Ed [Redacted]
Jul 16, 2012 Ed [Redacted] rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, spy-vs-spy
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
Mar 07, 2011 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2011 Karen rated it liked it
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
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Colleen
Jan 31, 2012 Colleen rated it really liked it
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
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Monnie
Dec 17, 2014 Monnie rated it liked it
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 Amazon.com (at the time of this writing), 213 were one and/or two stars.

Here's
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Ctgt
Jun 23, 2015 Ctgt rated it it was ok
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.
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
Nov 10, 2010 Spynonu rated it really liked it
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
Feb 27, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing
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
May 15, 2012 Cyn rated it it was ok
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Brooke
Mar 12, 2011 Brooke rated it it was ok
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
Sharyn
Mar 11, 2015 Sharyn rated it liked it
Looking for an audio book, I came upon this and saw it was the 1st in a series, so I started listening to it. It is quite an odd book and I still do not know if I liked it. The first mystery was over in the first few chapters, and a whole new mystery started. The book has a little too much detail, and it is hard to fast forward parts that I would skim in the book. But there was an exciting, if not sort of outlandish ending. As I was driving on a trip, I found book number 2 before I finished 1, s ...more
Josephine
Aug 18, 2014 Josephine rated it really liked it
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
Dave Moore
Jul 28, 2012 Dave Moore rated it did not like it
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.
Chrystal Hays
Jul 11, 2014 Chrystal Hays rated it liked it
I'm a fan of the Preston/Child collaborations for light, entertaining reading with fun trivia (free of spelling and grammar mistakes, as well, which becomes harder and harder to find.

Gideon's Sword was touted as a new series about a very interesting and "different" protagonist.

Sadly, this protagonist does not compare to Pendergast in any way. He's a young, kicky smart guy with some baggage, and the story lines are fun...complex, but more light-hearted than the AXLP series. Some duels and death
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Luanne Ollivier
Apr 13, 2011 Luanne Ollivier rated it liked it
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
Nov 17, 2011 Jordan Anderson rated it liked it
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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Samantha
Oct 23, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
You know you’re in trouble when the whole life’s mission of the main character is accomplished in the first few chapters. That’s exactly what happens in Gideon’s Sword. At twelve, Gideon watched his father’s death at the hands of his employer. Twelve years later, his mother made him swear to exact vengeance as she lay dying. Now, in his thirties with a solid education and good job, he attends to his mother’s request. He uses his wiles, wit, and artful deceit to flush out and destroy his father’s ...more
David
Mar 20, 2011 David rated it it was ok
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. Kerr
Jan 09, 2011 Kyle W. Kerr rated it it was amazing
"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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