Gideon's War

  • by Howard Gordon
  • Narrated by Carlos Bernard
  • 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Howard Gordon—the longtime executive producer of the hit TV series 24—makes his fiction debut with a tale of political intrigue and international terrorism. Gideon Davis has just 48 hours to bring his rogue agent brother in—before a twisted global conspiracy turns deadly.
GIDEON DAVIS, whose behind-the-scenes negotiating skills have earned him the role of peacemaker in conflicts around the globe, knows more about hush-hush discussions in Capitol corridors than he does about hand-to-hand combat. But his more practical, tactical skills come into play when he’s called on by family friend and government bigwig Earl Parker to chaperone a rogue agent from Southeast Asia to D.C. The agent, Tillman Davis, has promised to turn himself in— but only to his brother, Gideon.
Although the two brothers have been estranged for years, Gideon cannot fathom how his brother could have turned into so ruthless a man. But when the plan for Tillman’s surrender goes awry and Earl Parker is taken hostage, Gideon is forced to embrace his dark side in order to evade hostile locals in war-torn Mohan to make his way to the Obelisk—the multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art oil rig that has been seized by terrorists led by Tillman himself. It is with the help of oil rig manager Kate Murphy that Gideon launches an unlikely one-man rescue.

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What the Critics Say

“True to form of my eight-year experience with Howard Gordon on '24,' Gideon’s War is a rip-roaring thriller.” (Kiefer Sutherland)
"A thrill every clock-ticking minute! From racing through the jungles of Southeast Asia to outsmarting terrorists on a high tech oil rig in a typhoon, Howard Gordon's new international peacemaker Gideon Davis takes saving the world to a new level. Move over Jack Bauer—there’s a new sheriff in town.” (Vince Flynn, New York Times best-selling author of American Assassin)
“Howard Gordon, the man behind 24, makes the transition from screenwriter to novelist look easy with this ahead-of-the-curve thriller.” (Alex Berenson, New York Times best-selling author of The Midnight House)

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Gordon might consider going back to Producing!

Standard Kumbaya novel about those mean old war loving pols against the peace loving "UN" types.
Characters are not believable. Too many simple errors; i.e. Main female character removes her
cover-alls and is wearing a skirt underneath. This is on an oil platform. This lady was the oil platform boss.

I suspect that Howard Gordon might have inisted "24" hire Janeane Garofalo. That was when I quit watching "24".

Narration was monotone, dull and put me to sleep.
I really hate to give bad review but this Audio book was really bad.
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- Thomas

Where Is George Guidall When You Need Him?

(singing) "take a bad book...and make it better..."

The general plot of this book is just fine. A trusted confidant of the President needs to wage a one-man war to rescue his brother. A fine idea. However, there are two problems here:

1. The Narrator: As Tony Almeida on 24, Carlos Bernard spoke (much like Kiefer in the title role) barely above a whisper. That works well (as contrasted with screams and explosions) in a TV show...but it's a pretty poor tone for an 11-hr audio book. Overall, the narration is "ok"...but no producer was holding his feet to the fire on his awkward execution of phrasing...and the repeated mispronunication of words like "Obelisk" (it's AHHH, not OHHH), and carbine (it's BEAN, not BYNE) just draw more attention to the overall inadequacy of the work. If EVER a work needed George Guidall to rescue it, this was it.

2. The Pacing: Somehow, I listened to this entire book without once feeling tension or surprise. Everything felt telegraphed...I was never really engaged. It just came across as flat.

So...it didn't completely suck...but it could (and should) have been much better.
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- C. Brown

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-11-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio