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Introducing Gideon Crew: trickster, prodigy, master thief....
At 12, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down.
At 24, 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....
©2011 Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child (P)2011 Hachette Audio
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2 out of 5 stars
By Larry on 02-21-12

You've got to be kidding me. (Spoiler Alert)

The book had it's moments, but it seemed in the end to be just a plot looking for an ending. And it was tolerable until the end. I can sit by with a lot of silly stuff as long as it adds something to the story, but in this case it just got too stupid for words. The main character and the protagonist on a deserted Island in New York City dueling it out with clanging back hoes was just too much for me to handle.

The main character had a dozen opportunities to kill the bad guy but decided instead to have a duel at midnight with guns and backhoes in an empty cemetery with night vision goggles. I've read more believable stuff from junior high school boys. But there were moments when it was an acceptable novel. I liked that Eli Glynn was part of the story, but clearly not enough to save it from the scrap heap. I gave it two stars because I did finish it. There have been a few audible books that I have abandoned. This wasn't one of them, but maybe it should have been.

I will probably listen to the sequel only because I have read or listened to every Preston Child book they have written. Normally their stuff is great. Maybe they had their teenage kids write this one.

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3 out of 5 stars
By k. on 02-23-11

Pendergast fans beware

i bought extra credits in order to be able to buy this the minute it came out, which i did with enormous excitement. it bears absolutely no resemblance to the quirky, arcane books i've come to love from the authors, being a perfectly fine but rather formulaic --- to be honest, extremely formulaic --- ex thief goes on a spy job kind of thing. i understand that authors want to blaze new territory but i feel as if not only my favorite characters, pendergast et al, but my favorite authors, are gone...if you are looking for anything resembling the pendergast books or even the earlier preston/child books, this isn't it. john glover is a wonderful narrator, by the way. try THE SHERLOCKIAN, which is just grand

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gecko129 on 07-26-16

Awesome as always!

I've read or listened to just about all of the Preston & Child books and I love them, this one does not disappoint. A great adventure and awesome twists. Well narrated, get it!

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4 out of 5 stars
By ahb on 05-03-16

Enjoyable but not Pendergast

I'm a big fan of the other Preston/Child hero - and so was excited to give this series a go. While the writing style and sense of adventure (and even some characters) are familiar - the hero didn't quite inspire me as much as I would have hoped. Having said that - there is good potential so I'll definitely be giving other Gideon titles a go. The audiobook edition was excellent so all in all good value.

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