GIDEON’S SWORD, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, New York, Grand Central Publishing, 2011, hardcover, 352 pages, $26.99.
The writing team of Douglas Preston, who lives in midcoast Maine, and Lincoln Child have returned with a brand-new hero.
Actually, make that an anti-hero. Gideon Crew spent his formative years developing the skills to become an art thief. But that was only to finance his actual mission: taking revenge on those who had set up and killed his father, who had been labeled a traitor.
Crew settles that score early on in the novel. But his unique skill set makes him attractive to subcontractors in the intelligence industry.
One of these shadowy organizations attempts to recruit Crew by offering a big payday and some not-so-great news about his future. As his resources are stretched thin, and he has little to lose, he accepts.
The rather vague mission that Crew received: find a defecting Chinese scientist and the invention he’s bringing to the United States.
Despite Crew’s ability to improvise on the fly, he’s behind almost from the beginning of this mission, as one thing after another goes awry. He finds help along the way, but then there’s the pesky matter of a fabled Chinese assassin stalking him.
“Gideon’s Sword” is a thriller that takes readers on a breathtaking trip around the globe. It also will leave them wanting more of Gideon Crew.