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Gideon's Sword

(Gideon Crew #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  14,293 ratings  ·  1,267 reviews
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, with a new purp
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
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Decided to break off from the Pendergast series and give Gideon Crew a try. It felt a lot different. It was pretty good, but did not blow me away like the Pendergast series. Here are my pros and cons.

- Love how each scene with Crew is a different character - a master of disguise
- Enjoyable and suspenseful climax
- Humor mixed with action

- The story had me like "huh?" Just a wee bit confusing; never sure I fully understood everything that was happening and why.
- So many convenient twist
Aug 07, 2011 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
Mar 23, 2011 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
Mary Chrapliwy
Jul 07, 2011 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
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 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
Book Haunt
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
Bob Milne
Perhaps the best thing to say about Gideon's Sword is that I'm glad Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child used it for a new character, rather than sullying the legacy of Aloysius Pendergast. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun, quick read, but it's one that doesn't bear thinking about in the meantime, or it all begins to fall apart.

Gideon has a simple backstory, laid out over two quick chapters, that opens the book with far too many embarrassing questions. One, given the sheer number of witnesses, how ha
May 04, 2016 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 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 05, 2013 rated it liked it
This character is supposed to be smart and he does do some clever things. He also does some bonehead things that detracts from some good plot lines. 7 of 10 stars.
Aug 11, 2014 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.
I'm really not sure if I was supposed to laugh at the end or just be amazed that it was over. Does he really only have a year to live?

I enjoyed the narration by John Glover.

I'm not sure if I'm interested enough in the character to read the next book or not. Maybe...
Feb 27, 2011 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
Giovanni Gelati
Mar 06, 2011 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
Jan 31, 2012 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
Ed [Redacted]
Jul 12, 2012 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
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
David Dalton
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Overall okay. Nothing great, but no too bad. I agree with some reviews that everything seems to come easy for our hero. The fight at the end was darn good. I used a digital library to read this book. I will see if the library has the 2nd and 3rd books in this series.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nope. Pendergast is the only man for me....;)
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Gideon Crew - a former art thief with a tragic past (the sort of tragedy that is so vehemently over the top it can't help but being more comic than tragic), and a tragic present where he is dying from a mysterious illness, (the kind that will him surely kill him in a year or two but never bother him for a second before he dies abruptly) is tasked by a clandestine organization to save the world. Crew has a penchant for hacking and disguises and being a smart-ass. If that is not generic enough the ...more
Diana Long
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
181. Although I read book two of the series before book one, I found it did not make the read any the less enjoyable. Well written and introducing a very creative and highly likable character Gideon Crew.
Ashleigh Miller
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book a lot better than I thought I would though there is a lot that does go on, however with small chapters it is easy to stop and have a think about what you have just read as well. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens next
Lianne Pheno
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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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
Dec 14, 2014 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 (at the time of this writing), 213 were one and/or two stars.

Feb 27, 2011 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
May 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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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