Book Review: Gideon's Sword by: Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child


Grand Central Publishing

Publish Date:
February 22, 2011

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Introducing Gideon Crew: trickster, prodigy, master thief

As a child, Gideon Crew saw his father shot down, framed for a crime he did not commit. Years  later, Gideon is fulfilling a deathbed promise to his mother by seeking vengeance, when he learns his long and skillfully planned operation has an admirer.

Wooed by the opportunity for action, Gideon embraces a new life as a private operative. His first assignment: retrieve the plans a rogue Chinese scientist carries for a new and awesome weapon of mass destruction. But the scientist is murdered, the plans vanish, and Gideon is forced to chase a series of tantalizing clues from New York to Hong Kong to Dubai, ultimately ending up at a mysterious burial ground on an uninhabited island in Long Island Sound. There Gideon comes faces his rival - and learns that the ultimate weapon is actually something far more frightening...

Review: I was totally psyched to read the first book in a new series by Preston & Child! If you're looking for a Pendergast-type character (from novels such as Relic and most recently Fever Dream) there are some similarities, but Gideon is definitely his own man. Gideon Crew is a man who has been obsessed with the murder of his father and thoughts of revenge since he was a small child. When he achieves his goal, he's not sure what to do next, except go back to work in Los Alamos. Until he gets an offer that's too good to be true. Now, without a lot of information, Gideon has to work out the truth about a rogue Chinese scientist and everyone who is so interested in his work. He's working against an unexpected time constraint and too many unknowns - can he pull off the mission before it's too late...? Read this awesome first book in a new series and find out!!

Gideon Crew series: Gideon's Sword (1), Gideon's Corpse (2)


  1. New Preston & Child is always cause for celebration. Pendergast is, by far, their best character but I'm definitely looking forward to a different read.

  2. I reviewed this one last week here. I love their Pendergast books and was pleasantly surprised to find I enjoyed Gideon as well.


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