Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Grand Central Publishing, February 2011
ISBN No. 978-044656432
At the age of twelve, Gideon Crew watched as his father was murdered. Gideon’s father was accused of treason and gunned down. A failed intelligence project was blamed on Gideon’s father. At the age of twenty-four Gideon learned from his dying mother that his father had been set-up. His mother requested that Gideon avenge his father and her last words were “you’ll figure out a way”. Gideon did figure out a way and destroyed the man that had destroyed his father.
Once he has accomplished what he set out to do Gideon decides it is time to go fishing but it is not the relaxing fishing trip that he had imagined. A man named Manuel Garza approaches him with an offer of One Hundred Thousand Dollars for a week’s work. A job Garza says will benefit the country. Garza has information regarding the debts that Crew has incurred during the time he spent seeking to avenge his father. This seems like a job that Crew can’t refuse.
Crew arrives in Manhattan with Garza and is introduced to Eli Glinn of Effective Engineering Solutions, Incorporated, a covert government operation. Glinn outlines the job that he expects Crew to perform. A Chinese scientist, Mark Wu, is traveling to the United States and bringing with him the plans for a new high-technology weapon. It is presumed that the scientist is defecting.
Glinn explains that Crew’s job is to intercept Mark Wu at the airport and get the plans from him and deliver the plans to Effective Engineering Solutions, Incorporated. The plans could be in any format and could be hidden in his luggage, on his person or most anywhere. Crew states that it is a crazy assignment that no one could pull off but Glinn states a couple of reasons why he feels Crew is the man for the job and also a reason bordering on blackmail as to why Crew can’t turn down the job.
Crew connects with Mark Wu but just as the scientist is attacked and left for dead. Crew rushes to him and is able to hear a name obtain a set of numbers. What any of it means Crew doesn’t know.
Crew works to uncover the meaning of the numbers and find the plans. His methods are anything but orthodox and many times humorous. Crew will go to great lengths to get the job done.
Gideon’s Sword is the first Gideon Crew novel and I look forward to more Gideon Crew tales.
Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid, January 2011.