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Gideon's Corpse by Douglas Preston
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Mar 24, 2012

it was ok
Read from March 24 to 27, 2012

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
FBI buddy must die - CHECK

Love interest must be beautiful and feisty - CHECK
Sex in a cave! - CHECK
Sex on a bearskin rug in front of a fire! - CHECK
She must not trust Gideon, then fall in love, then not - CHECK

Nuclear threat - CHECK
No, wait. Biological threat - CHECK
Fight the cult with chainsaws - CHECK
Plane crash - CHECK
Explosions, wilderness survival, mining handcart race - CHECK
Explosions, whitewater survival, kidnapping - CHECK
A huge theatrical climax - CHECK

Fill in the extra pages with stuff - CHECK

OK, I'll stop. It's easy to make fun of this book mainly because of their past work. You know the talent and potential is there; just not fully realized. It felt like it was phoned in e-mailed in or maybe it was written in the cloud...

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Martha Colburn Hey, no fair! That's a spoiler to tell that Fortas was killed! And just when I was getting to like the guy! I thought he was funny.

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