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Falešná hra

(Gideon Crew #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  9,025 ratings  ·  732 reviews
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Podvodníka Gideona Crewa čeká druhý náročný úkol. Špičkový jaderný vědec přijde o rozum, vezme si jako rukojmí naprosto nevinnou rodinu, pak při policejní akci jednoho z rukojmí zastřelí a převrátí celou čtvrť vzhůru nohama. Radiace nad New Yorkem prozradí sklad, kde před nedávnem někdo sestrojil jadernou bombu. Všechny důkazy svědčí o tom, že jde o spiknutí,
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published April 2013 by BB/art (first published January 1st 2012)
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I am a bit torn on this one. I would hate to ever feel like giving Preston and Child less than 4 stars, but the first 2/3 to 3/4 of this book was definitely 3 stars for me. However, the last part of the book they really ramped things up and definitely brought the overall rating to a solid 4 stars.

I still think if I wasn't so comfortable with the Pendergast series, I would give Gideon Crew more of a chance. Also, since it is the same genre, it's too easy to try and make comparisons. It's not like
Feb 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, mysteries
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
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
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
Serviceable thriller with a few twists and turns, interesting villains and a whole lot of improbable action scenes.

This may not be my favorite Preston and Childs novel, and yet, it was a page turner... always fun to read.
Jan 19, 2012 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
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
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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
Ray Palen
Feb 05, 2012 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
May 10, 2012 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.
Mar 13, 2012 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
Jan 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Phew! What a stinker.
How can one smart guy, that seems such a dufus still manage to survive?
I was on the edge of my chair several times.
*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
Nov 19, 2012 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
Mary Chrapliwy
Dec 26, 2011 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
Adam Wilson
Jan 13, 2012 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
Dec 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only chose to read this because I had to spend a considerable amount of time in hospital lounges last week. The ever present commotion ensured I selected something out of my library that required very little effort to follow. In other words I expected it to be stupid and it still failed to meet my bottom of the barrel expectations.

In Gideon's Corpse the plot has more holes than perforated cheese. Take a sheet of paper, douse it in water till it is soaking wet and punch straight through it. The
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
the premise looks pretty cool but something seems to be off

p166: "you moron, it's a stage gun, loaded with blanks. otherwise, i would've blown you right out of the saddle back there."
considering they're on the same saddle, blowing him right out would have been possible, even with blanks
Apr 19, 2012 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
Jan 11, 2012 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
Feb 27, 2012 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!
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gideon's Corpse is one thousand percent better than the first book in this series, Gideon's Sword. I panned that book unmercifully but this second entry in the Gideon Crew series has some things to recommend it. The action is swift, and Preston and Child prove very adept at turning up the suspense. Plus our hero grows up a little. There are still a few too many coincidences that fall into place-suspension of disbelief is not broken but it is badly fractured. So this book is getting three stars. ...more
OK, 2.5. That's not such a bad thing to say about this Preston & Child book, that it was just OK, is it?

The plot is pretty fast-paced, but sits on the edge of credibility (even for thriller-type novels)...come on, a chainsaw fight?..., and uses stereotypical character development (why is every daughter beautiful and sexy?...and every good guy have near-super abilities).
If you're looking for a quick read that's good, but not great...maybe for a plane trip...this one will do.

P.S. I mostly had
After reading the first in this trilogy, I went on to read this second book. I found it perhaps a little unbelievable but it was engrossing and a bit of a rollercoaster ride. I began reading these because my brother had given me the third in the series to read and I couldn't read that one until I read the other two (a personal problem - maybe a little OCD!). A nice break from some of the other books I read.
Will go on to the third now in a bit.
Garry Thompson
Disappointing. The more I read, the more I wanted to add the book to my “quit reading” list. Good start, but went downhill about halfway thru the story. Again, this was an audiobook book and it’s easy for me to lose interest when I exercise.
Owen Highton
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a lot because the characters had very interesting relationships, the plot had two gigantic twists, and was a well designed plot in general.
Diana Long
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another series from this writing duo. Fast paced and well written. Not as dark as the Pendergast series but it did pull me in and was entertaining.
Cara Hinton
As always, I do love these books. They are great if you want a light mystery. Working my way through this series and not giving up yet.
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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