“I love Preston and Child. This is a new character, since a character like Pendergast can only go so far, and it is okay, but the character has too many flaws and they haven't found a side kick like the three or four they have for Pendergast. I can't wait until they bring Corrine back. Back to this book. It is a thriller, sort of, but they haven't let Gideon master them yet. It is a page turner at the end, so I give it a four. The series will get better I keep telling myself.”PaytonLee wrote this review Saturday, March 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Decent plot but not up to the Agent Pendergast series standard. Gideon, the anti hero who has less than a year to live does engage at times but he is somewhat less than believable. Not their best work.”Wolfdancer67 wrote this review Tuesday, March 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Much of what I liked so much about the first book (Gideon's Sword) was missing from this book. I don't mind unrealistic or far-fetched circumstances, but parts of this story seemed juvenile-- as if it were an author's first attempt at the genre. I really enjoy reading the works of Preston and Child both collectively and as lone authors, and I still like character of Gideon Crew so I'm not giving up. I'll consider this a small stumbing point in what I hope to be long and adventurous series.”Kirk D wrote this review Monday, March 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“Ugh a waste of time. Sorry I slogged through it. At least my hubby liked it.”DoriJSmith wrote this review Sunday, February 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I rated the last (and first) “Gideon Crew” novel of theirs poorly. I know I said I wouldn’t read the next one and I had a bad attitude towards this one already when I predicted the very first line would start with “Gideon Crew…..”, and it did. I tried and thought that I would enjoy this one since after all, these are the guys who wrote “Relic”, one of my all-time favorite books.
But, the other main character’s name was “Stone Fordyce”, for god’s sake. These sound like fake Clive Cussler book characters. I had hoped that the chain saw and cattle prod fight, not long into the book, was not indicative of more general hokiness to come. But there was more with the hero Gideon Crew getting on the back of a horse with the beautiful daughter of another character and riding away from the FBI, who mistakenly think he’s a bad guy. Sounds like a Hardy Boys adventure.
I’ll just hope that Preston & Child again write another one of their good standalone books instead of continuing the Gideon Crew saga. But, the end of this novel indicates that yes, they’ll keep writing these money making disappointing books.
“A book for adults only. Great story but has bad language and some immorality. ”Linda wrote this review Saturday, February 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Compelling writing, but some strange character changes and unbelievable twists. However, I am motivated to keep reading and suspend my disbelief in the hope of a cool ending...meh.”Brenda Fryland wrote this review Friday, February 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“New Book, February 2012.”Whitaker Library wrote this review Saturday, February 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I like Preston and Child. This particular tome in the saga of Gideon Crew is truly spell-binding. It is also frightening and unbelievably fictional. This one captures you from page one and leaves you breathless at the end.”Karl Bogott wrote this review Thursday, February 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No