Gideon's Sword

Gideon's Sword

Large Print - 2011
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"At age 12, Gideon Crew witnessed the brutal murder of his father. More than 20 years later, Gideon gets his revenge. But then a mysterious witness steps forward to confront Gideon on his crime--and offer him the chance of a lifetime"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2011.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780446573726
0446573728
Call Number: PRESTON
Characteristics: 474 p. (large print) ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Mystery fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Large type books.
Revenge -- Fiction.
Children of murder victims -- Fiction.
Additional Contributors: Child, Lincoln

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falconroom
Oct 10, 2016

I don't know which book I read..apparently not the same as most reviewers here because I thoroughly enjoyed this new series of Preston & Child. Gideon is a likable hero, a bit more approachable than Prendergast perhaps..and an ornery new cast of villains. Worth your read while you're waiting to get the new Prendergast titles. I loved it.

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rahmmie
Apr 13, 2014

If this had been juvenile fiction, I would have given it 3 out of 5 stars, but as adult fiction, it barely reaches 1. They almost appear to be suffering from too-much-fame syndrome

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Mommies2
Jan 25, 2012

Wow!! This is a high action and adventure book. This new character, Gideon, is like the MacIvor from T.V. He is jack of all trades and thinks on his feet.

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jimg2000
Oct 23, 2011

Pretty good read but nothing like the Relics ... Brimstone FBI Special Agent Pendergast.

garyalex Oct 07, 2011

Absolute dreck. I've enjoyed previous Preston & Child books but this one is simply awful. It's badly written, poorly plotted and is populated with characters of no particular interest or believability. I have to wonder if the authors produced this bit of awfulness in anticipation of a film screenplay.

Or perhaps they're just running short on ideas. In any event, the book is terrible.

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rslade
Oct 01, 2011

An interesting premise as the start to a series, but it would seem to be self-limiting as to length ...

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scottekarate
Jun 20, 2011

Gideon is a cool new charachter from two of my favorite authors, I don't mind saying I'd rather hang out with Pendergast though.

teacupfaerie Mar 31, 2011

A bit disappointing. Not sure where the sword comes in...

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cr421
Mar 17, 2011

not at all on a par with their other titles, predictable, pacing off, blah blah. I was disappointed because I usually rave about their books. The Pendergast series is so awesome that I was let down by this latest. The ending paves the way for their next book and it felt like I had just read an advertisement.....

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jimg2000
Dec 10, 2015

“It was a good disguise. That theatrical stuff you’re wearing fooled me for a while. You are one ugly mother.”
“Thank you.”
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“Forget the mythology. If you truly had the power to transmute, you’d be a fool to make gold. In today’s world, there are far more valuable elements out there. For instance…” Minsky again stabs the periodic table with his paperclip. Atomic symbol Np.
“That’s not nitrogen, is it?” I ask. “Neptunium.” “Neptunium?” “Named after the planet Neptune,” Minsky explains, forever the teacher. “What is it?” I ask, cutting him off. “Ah, but you’re missing the point,” Minsky says. “The concern isn’t what is it? The concern is what it could be…” With one final jab, Minsky moves his paperclip to the nearest element on the right.
“Pu?” “Plutonium,” Minsky says, his laugh long gone. “In today’s world, it’s arguably the most valuable element on the chart.” He looks up at us to make sure we get it. “Say hello to the new Midas touch.”

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jimg2000
Dec 10, 2015

How much has encryption changed in the few years since the book:
you. There’s only one outgoing port in the entire network, and all that it allows past is passphrase-​encrypted packets from specific nodes, all of which are secure. And even then the packets can only go to certain external IPs.
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A Critique of the Thresher Discrete Logarithm Encryption Standard EVP-4: A Theoretical Back-Door Cryptanalysis Attack Strategy Using a Group of φ-Torsion Points of an Elliptic Curve in Characteristic φ.

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