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A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff.
A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before.
Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack.
Ten days. And Gideon Crew, tracking the mysterious terrorist cell from the suburbs of New York to the mountains of New Mexico, learns the end may be something worse--far worse--than mere
©2012 Douglas Preston (P)2011 Hachette
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2 out of 5 stars
By G.Monie on 07-24-13

Yawn! Preston & Child can do MUCH BETTER!

Preston & Child created A.X.Pendergast so they always get the benefit of the doubt to start... They introduce E.S.S. & Eli Glinn during the planned escape from the penitentiary in 'Book of the Dead', but Gideon as far as I know was never introduced in any of the AXP novels.

BUT, I REALLY HOPE that the whole 'Gideon Crew' & Glinn with 'ESS' doesn't take time away from how often the duo writes the AXP series. Because all the subplots or story lines in this book are not put together well nor are they nearly as thrilling than other books written by the duo or solo (I didn't even bother reading 'Ice Limit' due to reviews & the synopsis)

I think that ESS did amazing things with the planning & execution in the ' AXP Diogenes' series but Gideon himself is just not a magnetizing enough person to write a whole book on, not to mention the cast is subpar at best & their abilities & power is entirely confusing to me... I mean who is Gideon besides a friend of the bomber & a really smart scientist? what type of power does he really have besides knowledge of nuclear physics? Isn't that why we have a NEST team, Delta, HMS, & all the other safeguards in this country??? because if we are relying on Gideon & one mere FBI agent plus randoms to save our country from destruction, I think I will move to Canada or something lol...

In the words of Jack Reacher = 'I know its more important to the terrorists because we are sending our B-team while they sent their A-team to complete the mission' Springfield = 'How do u know our gov't sent the B-team?', Reacher = 'because if that was our A-team we all better move to another country!'

Suspension of disbelief can only go so far & if an author is going to cross that envelope it better be a really entertaining read to make up for the unrealistic scenes plus a very good narrator. In my opinion this book falls far short... Save a credit & get something else

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4 out of 5 stars
By Zack on 01-12-12

Gidieon's Introspection

This follow up book started rather slow, dragged at times but if you were a fan of the first book it is a must read.

These are two of my favorite authors, and with this new series they are trying to break the mold they have created for themselves. I shyed away from the first book because of all the negative reviews then I found out Gideon works for EES and that Eli Glinn is featured in this series and I downloaded without hesitation.

I admit I enjoyed the first book more because the story was more broken up, somthing this novel could have benefited from. Once the action got going I settled in and enjoyed it more. Quite a few thriller cliches but I suppose those are increasingly difficult to avoid. One element of this series I particularly enjoy is the use of social engineering. I look forword to more installments.

I really wish they had just when with Scott Brick from the get go but the two different narrators so far have been passable.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew Davis on 04-14-16

Loved it

Great story that was hard to stop listening to! Hope there's another Gideon Crewe book!

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