Gideon’s Sword introduces readers to a new character for the Preston and Child duo: Gideon Crew. Initially, we learn about Crew’s life and obsession formed after finding out that his father, a scapegoat to a government screw-up, was murdered to cover it up. I assumed that was the foundation of the book and that it would follow Crew as he brought retribution down on the guilty.
Turns out, Crew got revenge in the first couple chapters. This surprised me until Crew quickly hooked up with Eli Glinn, a character from Preston and Child’s books with FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast.
Gideon Crew is appealing and eccentric; a loner, an MIT PhD employed by the Los Alamos labs, a fly fisherman, and an art thief. Glinn is intriguing and mysterious – smart, wealthy, and stealthy. Glinn, it turns out, wants Crew to do a covert job for him; a job that requires Crew’s special capabilities. And, the job starts in four hours.
The story’s premise, the quirkiness of Crew’s character and the inclusion of Eli Glinn all led me to hope for the special character and action dynamism that I have appreciated in Preston and Child books. Gideon’s Swordpushes credibility in a way that does not quite work for me.
There is lots of action – titillating possibilities that are not followed, curious science and mysteries representing hope and wealth. They do not tip over into something meaningful that helps me care about what Crew is doing and why he is doing it.
As the first book in a new Preston and Child series, I anticipate the next book will fix the flat sides of this uneven tire. Crew is an interesting enough character and they are gifted enough writers that I anticipate great things. My advice, which I am taking for myself, is to wait for the second book to come out before giving up on this series.
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Joanne is an organization development and human resources professional with a business background living in Ohio. She has lived in Europe, Africa (including her Peace Corps service in South Africa), and arround the United States. She loves to plays volleyball, read, write, and has a cat named Ender.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Meryl L. Moss Media Relations. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.