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Gideon's Sword

(Gideon Crew #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  18,285 ratings  ·  1,401 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 February 1st 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
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
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not my favorite Preston & Child book, but enjoyable for what it is. No great mystery and quite a bit of predictability but an enjoyable action ride none the less. If you’re looking for something similar to the Pendergast series however, this would not be it. Pure action adventure here. 3.5/5.0 stars. ...more
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
I’ll go with a solid 3 stars on this one.

Gideon’s Sword is the first book in the Gideon Crew series. After I finished up the Pendergast series by Preston & Child, I was looking for another series by these fabulous authors!

The first book in the Gideon Crew series is not as good as the Pendergast series but I’ll keep reading this because,

1. It’s still entertaining and I can see promise for more exciting thrillers in the future!

2. Gideon Crew seems like an interesting main character. Not as interes
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
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
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
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
This is just laughably bad so back to the library it goes. DNF @ 15%.
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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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: electronic
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.
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.
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, spies
Well mesieurs Douglas & Child had some time left inbetween the Pendergast books and their own individual books, so they came up with a new series with the main character Gideon Crew. Former art-thief and currently a nuclear weapon scientist in Los Alamos. His whole live untill the Pre Title Sequence (lets call it that in good ole movie-language) he tries to solve the betrayal of his father by collegues. ANd after he has done so he gets kinda recruited to do a little job for some unknown quantity ...more
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
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another character developed by the authors, Preston & Child -- Gideon Crew. Gideon, is like a cross between James Bond, and Macgyver.

The storyline develops slowly from Gideon's childhood to present day. If you can get past the first third of the book, it is worth the read.
Lori  Rubin
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A high energy action/spy thriller that I just couldn't put down. Looking forward to reading the other 4 books in the series.
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 part
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 100 year
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
Dave Moore
Apr 17, 2012 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. ...more
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