Gideon’s Sword

Gideon’s Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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 purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father’s destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.

But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon’s special skills. Someone who has need of just such a renegade.

For Gideon, this operation may be only the beginning . . .


I’ve been putting off starting this new series from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child for years. I had heard early on that it wasn’t very good, especially when compared to the phenomenal Special Agent Pendergast series. Preston and Child are two of my very favorite authors so it pains me to give a negative review to one of their books.

Gideon’s Sword is a baffling sad attempt by two ordinarily talented and gifted writers. The book starts off in an incredibly clumsy manner, which threw me considering whose work I was reading. The book makes three mini starts before deciding what story is being told. And when the story ultimately starts, it doesn’t get a lot better from there. The motivation for involving Gideon in the plot is weak, as is Gideon himself. While Pendergast is blessed with a pretty (at times) convenient set of skills, it’s still believable, somehow, some way. Not so for Gideon Crew.

The book wasn’t painful to read in that it was full of action and murders and such. But it was painful to read in light of overwhelming evidence that these two authors could and have done so much better. It came off reading as a slightly better than average entry in the thriller category…a category that is notoriously home to some pretty badly written books. Books that make you wonder how they ever got published much less stay in print.

I’m not going to write off this series just yet in hopes that it will improve or I’ll get over my own hangups about this new character from Preston & Child. At the very least, there are only three more books in this series in print at the moment and one of them is the sequel to another Preston and Child book I tremendously enjoyed, The Ice Limit. But if things haven’t improved by the time I’m finished reading Beyond the Ice Limit, that will be the last Gideon Crew book for me.


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