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 . . .
Preston and Child's first in a new thriller series falls short of their usual high standard. In 1996, eight years after 12-year-old Gideon Crew saw his father, an employee of the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command, fatally shot outside his father's Arlington, Va., office, his mother tells him the truth about the killing on her death bed. The older Crew was made the scapegoat for the deaths of 26 spies for the U.S. the Russians caught as a result of a flaw in a new intelligence encryption standard he discovered but higher authority ignored. In the present, Gideon's quest for revenge takes a backseat to an assignment from shadowy Effective Engineering Solutions (introduced in 2001's The Ice Limit), whose people succeed in recruiting Gideon to steal plans for what might be a new Chinese megaweapon from a defecting scientist. That tired and predictable story line isn't helped by a protagonist lacking the quirks of the authors' popular series hero, FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast. \n
It's really good! I started reading and couldn't put it down.
Not their best
I have read all of their work. I bought this without even reading the sample. I will not do that again. Slowest plot development and too much extraneous info.
Good, but...not what I wanted.
I'm an avid fan of Lincoln and Child, and have read every one of their books. So, forgive me for being critical. Ever since Cabinet of Curiosities, the books have become less involved, and seemed to have lost the atmosphere and intrigue they did so well with Pendergast and Constance. Cabinet of Curiosities was the apex. Now it seems like I'm reading made for TV movies, entertaining for sure, but not what I want from these guys who I know can do so much better. If I have to I'll write my own novel, called 'Constance', her past is so haunting and so deep I'm dying to fill in all that space, even if I have to write it. Time to rewind guys, you've built some great characters, and have much more to do with them, you're losing me with the side stories.