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Gideon's Sword - Preston & Child (book review)

Book: Gideon's Sword
Author: Preston & Child
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Published By: Orion Books
Published Year: 2011

My Review:
Having been recommended to read Gideon's Sword previously from an anonymous source on the Movieandbooksgirl tumblr I managed to finally pick up the book Gideon's Sword and read it for the very first time.

The book is about a man called Gideon Crew who after having seen his father get killed when he was only twelve years old and on his mother's death bed when he was twenty-four his mother asks him to get revenge goes after the man responsible. Not long after however he is contacted by a company called EES who is looking for a man called Wu and wanting to know what he is carrying as it is part of a high-technology weapon. This leading to Gideon trying to find out what Wu has and trying to find out everything he can about the weapon before an assassin called Nodding Crane gets to him!

This book is put into two sections the first part of the book is called Melvin Crew this part of the book is about how Gideon's father Melvin took a man hostage and shouting to investigate what happened. When he is shot down however we are forwarded to twelve years later when Gideon's mother is on her deathbed and in her final moments tells Gideon to revenge on his father's killer Chamblee Tucker. Forward again to the present day and this is where the remainder of the book takes place. In this we are shown how Gideon finds the proof that his father was framed so before taking the evidence to the press Tucker comes after him with an army official to kill him on sight. As both Gideon and the army official are fighting, Gideon manages to persuade the army official that he is in fact telling the truth that Tucker framed his father and is a bad guy. When the army official brings Gideon to Tucker they set up a plan to bring him down and Tucker ends up dead however admits his crimes when recorded prior.

The second part of the book is called Gideon Crew and is set shortly the death of Tucker when a man comes up to him and offers him a job that would suit his personal specialties. This leads to him meeting the men at EES who tells him that they have a job for him to collect the information off of a man called Wu who has a new high-technology weapon. As Gideon goes undercover trying to find the plans in which Wu has on him he finds that a man called Nodding Crane is looking for him and trying to get the information in which Crew seems to have. As a result Nodding Crew kills people who might have information that Wu was carrying before his death and people close to Gideon to scare him. However, will Crew be able to find out what Wu was hiding and what the high-technology weapon is or will Nodding Crane find it before him and kill Gideon?

Overall, I found this book very fun to read and that everything that the reader is finding out about is relevant to the story which made me get through this book rather quickly. Gideon's Sword is also good as it shows a lot of undercover work and with it not involving the police or anything it shows how Gideon is truly alone to complete his mission for the EES unless they want to get in touch with him. Not only this but as Nodding Crane seems to be the only one who is after Gideon the reader starts to wonder who Nodding Crane works for and why if the information Wu had was so important that more men are not after him and Gideon. Not only this but the end of the book showing what happened with Gideon's father however with another man makes the reader wonder what is happening and if Gideon would be able to help on this mission and leads perfectly into a second book and leaving the reader feeling impatient on knowing what happens next for Gideon Crew.

I would recommend this book to people who are wanting a book full of action and suspense. I would also recommend this book to those who like detective books as it has a lot of mystery and the way that the mission is carried out makes the reader keep on guessing till the very end!


My Rating: 4/5 

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