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Gideon's War by Howard Gordon
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Mar 04, 2011

really liked it

Gideon Davis is an international diplomat and negotiator for peace at the tables of the world's leaders. Juxtaposed to this is the intriguing fact that the brother he has not seen for many years is a notorious and wanted terrorist.

When his brother hijacks a state-of-the-art oil rig in the South China Sea, the US President calls on Gideon to negotiate with - and help capture - his terrorist brother. The scene is set for a monumental Cain vs Abel-type showdown, complicated by a traitor within the ranks of the good guys, and an approaching typhoon that will have catastrophic results.

Over the top? Yes. Believe-able? You may have to suspend some disbelief, but then this is, after all, an action-stations high concept thriller, right?

'Gideon's War,' (also known as 'The Obelisk,' in some markets outside the US)is the debut novel by Howard Gordon, who was executive producer/writer of the TV series '24.'

I admit to being a big fan of the tv series, and was doubtful that the 24-style, tick/tock plot with frenetic pacing, action, politics, romance and surprise twists would translate to the page.

I was wrong. Gordon has delivered a thriller in the same style as his old tv show, and has mastered the prose narrative with the same seamless, streamlined execution as he did on the screen.

One of the added extras to this novel is the fascinating detail and description of the oil rig - how it was built, how it operates, and these tidbits become very much a part of the developing plot as the suspense builds.(Yes, there a parts of this book that could be likened to Die Hard On An Oil Rig.)

It's an entertaining, page-turning, fast read that should be enjoyed by fans of suspense thrillers.

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