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Title:
Gideon's sword
Author:
Preston, Douglas J.
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Publication Information:
New York : Hachette Audio, [2011]

℗2011
Physical Description:
9 audio discs (approximately 10 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
After his relentless quest to avenge his father's death leads him to become a rogue operative with only one year to live, Gideon Crew must search the globe for the plans to build a menacing weapon of mass destruction.
General Note:
Unabridged.

Compact discs.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781600249976
Format :
Audiobook on CD

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At the tender age of 12, Gideon Crew witnessed the brutal murder of his father, a scientist wrongly framed by the US government, and shot down by police during a hostage crisis. More than 20 years later, Gideon finally gets his revenge and fulfills the promise that he made to his mother on her death bed to clear their family name.


Summary

As a boy, Gideon Crew witnessed his father's execution. Now knowing his father was falsely accused of treason and murdered as part of a callous plot, Gideon plots his revenge. However, Gideon is being watched by someone who needs his skills for a special operation.


Author Notes

Douglas Jerome Preston was born on May 20, 1956 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received a B.A. in English literature from Pomona College in 1978. His career began at the American Museum of Natural History, where he worked as an editor and writer from 1978 to 1985. He also was a lecturer in English at Princeton University.

He became a full-time writer of both fiction and nonfiction books in 1986. Many of his fiction works are co-written with Lincoln Child including Relic, Riptide, Thunderhead, The Wheel of Darkness, Cemetery Dance, and Gideon's Corpse. His nonfiction works include Dinosaurs in the Attic; Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest in Pursuit of Coronado; Talking to the Ground; and The Royal Road. He has written for numerous magazines including The New Yorker; Natural History; Harper's; Smithsonian; National Geographic; and Travel and Leisure. He became a New York Times Best Selling author with his titles Two Graves and Crimson Shores which he co-wrote with Lincoln Child, and his titles White Fire, The Lost Island Blue Labyrinth and The Lost City of the Monkey God.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gideon Crew, the hero of Preston and Child's new novel, has a complicated backstory. As a boy, he watched as his father, who had taken a man hostage, was shot down by a sniper. Less than a decade later, he learned from his mother that his father had been used by the U.S. government as a scapegoat for a failed intelligence project. After dispatching the man responsible for his father's murder, Gideon is offered a job with a private contractor that does hush-hush work for the government. Gideon's mission: to intercept a Chinese scientist and relieve him of the plans for a top-secret weapon. The mission doesn't go as drawn, however, and Gideon is left with a mysterious string of numbers. Now, working mostly alone, he must determine what the numbers mean. This novel (which is apparently the first installment in a new series) isn't as elegantly written or constructed as the authors' popular Special Agent Pendergast novels, but it does once you get past the backstory hold the reader's interest, and Gideon is undeniably a big-shouldered character, capable of supporting a series.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

John Glover's hard-edged, slightly sinister voice (familiar to fans of television's Smallville) sustains Preston and Child's entertaining but slight thriller. In this installment, Gideon Crew, whom Glover imbues with more depth and humanity than the text itself suggests, is seeking revenge for the murder of his father, an Army intelligence officer. But he's interrupted in his mission, conscripted by a clandestine agency to perform a near-suicidal task: to steal the plans for a Chinese WMD. Crew exhibits extreme versatility in accomplishing his task, for when it comes to an impossible mission successfully performed, a better example is the way Glover adds dimension to the novel's cardboard characters and vitality to its overly long backstory. A Grand Central hardcover. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

The first in a new series introducing the character of Gideon Crew; simultaneous release with the Grand Central hc; John Glover reads. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.