Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston


7 Critic Reviews

Gideon’s Sword is not just a good read, but also a bold, confident first step in a series that is bound to be a fan favorite.
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Introducing Gideon Crew: trickster, prodigy, master thief

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 . . .

About Douglas Preston

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The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publisher's Weekly). Coauthors of the famed Pendergast series, their books Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the 100 greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number one box office hit movie. They are also the authors of Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance and Gideon's Sword. Preston's acclaimed nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, is being made into a movie starring George Clooney. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published four novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm. The authors welcome e-mail from their readers; you can visit their website at
Published February 22, 2011 by Grand Central Publishing. 356 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Mar 13 2011
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Book Reporter

on Oct 04 2011

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child plan to write 12 novels with Gideon as their anti-hero. Readers can be assured that, like GIDEON'S SWORD, each entry will be full of adventure and twisted plots.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
on Feb 22 2011

...had this reviewer been in one of the major box bookstores and had picked up this book he would have put it down. The cover design gives a different title than the spine and is totally uninteresting and dull.

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The novel has been optioned by action-movie director Michael Bay, which tells you all you need to know about the pulse-pounding thrills to be found on every page...

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Suite 101

Above average
on Aug 09 2011

Where in the world is Pendergast? This book cries for his strong and winning character presence...

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Nights and Weekends

Above average

...Gideon’s Sword disappointed me a little because it wasn’t Preston and Child’s usual fair...

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Fiction Addict

on Feb 22 2011

Gideon’s Sword is not just a good read, but also a bold, confident first step in a series that is bound to be a fan favorite.

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on Feb 02 2011

“Gideon’s Sword” opens with a long teaser section — a bit like one of those pre-credit sequences in the James Bond pictures...

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