Gideon's Corpse (Gideon Crew Series #2)

Gideon's Corpse (Gideon Crew Series #2)

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

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A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff.
A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before.
Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack.
Ten days. And Gideon Crew, tracking the mysterious terrorist cell from the suburbs of New York to the mountains of New Mexico, learns the end may be something worse—far worse—than mere Armageddon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455588084
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Series: Gideon Crew Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 113,367
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" ( Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. In addition to his novels, Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker and Smithsonian magazines. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Place of Birth:

Cambridge, Massachusetts


B.A., Pomona College, 1978

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Gideon's Corpse 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
On page 293 the authors write: "There was an air of desuetude, even abandonment." And they were so right, I could feel it myself. Hundreds and hundreds of readers abandoning this novel before they finished it. It was around page 138 that I began to think of abandoning it myself,only to then be rewarded with a few pages of Gideon and his partner having dinner. They were having kidneys, but the partner didn't want to eat them. Then he did, and guess what? He liked them. Yes, indeed, this is quite a thriller I am reading. For some odd reason, I finished the book, although I admit to glossing over some pages. It's really boring, and not much of interest happens after the first few pages. Even the big scene toward the end is a letdown. People were getting shot and I was saying "Hey, over here. Put this book out of its misery!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While Gideon grows as a character the plot line and general premise was a bit unbelievable coupled with unlikely resolutions to some of the obstacles presented to Gideon. A bit of a disappointing sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is getting some pretty bad reviews and I don't know why. These two authors write fast paced, well researched action novels. And they do it pretty well time and time again. The novel is not perfect but the character, Crew, is engaging and a joy to follow. You can tell the love that the authors have for both Holmes and Bond and they show such joy in writing these adventures. These two are still some of my fav story tellers in the genre. More of Pendergast, and yes! More Gideon Crew please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is actually really good... this desperately NEEDS a movie. This has gotten a raving review on the New York Times... hint hint! Anyway, for those of you who are thinking of buying the book and looking at BOTH editorial and customer reviews, do it. It's really worth the damn money. It has a lot of strong language, so I really only don't reccomend it to those who are sensitive about that kind of stuff. But still,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was far and away better than the first of this new character. This story was pretty decently paced with some good imagery... as expected from the guys. Gideon seemed more of a filled in character and the characters that were brought in were better thought out I felt. I had gone in to this book disappointed in the first and was thinking that I wouldn't get any more Gideon books if this one was crap too. I was pleasantly surprised and felt the need to keep at it once he got on a roll. Obviously, it's nothing like any Pendergast book, but pretty solid after the first (disappointing) Gideon book.
ratlingraider More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of the Preston/Child novels, specifically the Pendergast series. I did enjoy this one as well, as a matter-of-fact, I preferred the second Gideon novel over the first.
goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
Looks as though I am in the minority, but I couldn't put the book down! Really feel it would make a great movie and enjoyed it very much. Preston and Child wrote a great book. Give it a try, you might just like it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Pendergast series is absolutely incredible and I think the Gidron series has a lot of promise. Right now I just dont think Gideons character is fully developed. On its own this is a very good read and well worth the time
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gideon's Sword was not bad, but the sequel is terrible! I can not believe it was written by Preston and Child as I enjoyed the entire Pendergast series. I am 3/4 the way through and it has been torture to try to reach the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whoa! This can't be a Preston Child book. It's way bad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a long time fan of Preston/Child, I was hesitant to start this series based in the reviews. But Gideon Crew is growing in me and I thoroughly enjoyed the progression of his character in this installment. The story was paced well and good piece of escapism.
Cuchillo More than 1 year ago
Like most all Preston & Child books, this one is a roller coaster of suspense, complex story lines, great characters, and cliffhangers. It was hard to put down. I would have to re-read Gideon's Sword to see which one I liked better. I won't review the story, you can get that elsewhere
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being of the same supposed age of gideon in the novels, i would like to tell the authors that he is not cool. He's touted as cool but in no way is a ponytailed, jazz listening recluse with a penchant for whores cool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always a great read fasr fun and smarr
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Preston & Child can crank them out and this one is a great read. Another in the Gideon series that will keep you reading.
Anonymous 3 months ago
always great to read
suetu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A toss-up between entertainment and frustrationGideon Crew is back. After a lukewarm reception from Preston & Child fans¿and that¿s putting it charitably¿their new series here makes his second outing. Now, these gentlemen haven¿t written a book I didn¿t enjoy yet. Still, I do understand some of the frustration that other readers have been so vocally expressing. But first, a few words on the plot¿After reluctantly completing his job for Eli Glinn and Effective Engineering Solutions, Gideon wants nothing further to do with the man. Facing his own mortality, all he wants to do is head home for some R & R. Glinn has other ideas. The U.S. is facing ¿a national emergency of the highest order.¿ Reed Chalker, a former colleague of Gideon¿s at Los Alamos has died violent and raving of radiation poisoning as the book opens. Per Eli, ¿It seems clear that Chalker was involved in preparing a terrorist attack with a nuclear device. During these preparations, something went wrong and the uranium went critical. Chalker was irradiated. It also appears likely to our experts that the remaining terrorists spirited off the bomb, leaving Chalker to die.¿Of course, Gideon is the only possible man to track down the missing nuke and disarm the threat. Except, Gideon doesn¿t care. He wants a second opinion about his so-called terminal illness, and he doesn¿t trust Eli as far as he can throw him. And he wants to believe that he doesn¿t care about all of the endangered innocents, but he knows it isn¿t true. He can¿t turn his back.And so another misadventure begins. I won¿t reveal more because the fun is in the twists and turns within the plot. And Preston & Child are masters at plotting. Occasionally, there would be a stroke of genius. Unfortunately, almost as often, there would be some story element that would truly beggar credulity. There was a romantic subplot that just made me want to groan. Why? Why? Why do thriller writers shoehorn in ridiculous, utterly unbelievable romances into their novels? It¿s painful. And there were other moments of frustration with the story-telling that can¿t be discussed without spoilers. But these were balanced by a lot of fun, excitement, and a confoundingly convoluted mystery.I still think that Gideon Crew is a character with potential, but I do wish the authors would hold his tales to the high standard of their other work.
twehking on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Much better than the first book in the series. Although still not as good as the Pendergast books.
labdaddy4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A rather shallow book - action was almost too fast-paced - nearly frantic - very little nuance. The lead character's back story is just too far fetched to be remotely believable. I think I will stay away from additional books with Gideon Crew as the primary.
burnit99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The sequel to "Gideon's Sword", in which the art-thief-turned-nuclear-scientist with a ticking clock in his brain teams up with a straight-arrow FBI agent to thwart an apparent terrorist plot to detonate a nuclear bomb in Washington D.C. Lots of twists and turns and non-stop action, and a couple of surprise villains toward the end. A bit over the top, and the friendly reunion with his "employer" at the end after he left Gideon on his own when he was thought to be a terrorist kinda rankles. But a fun read, even though I prefer the authors' Pendergast books.
everfresh1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first book, 'Gideon's Sword', was a total garbage. This one is a little better. Still suffering from the same problems, e.g. undeveloped, unbelievable characters. But at least it's more readable. I will even look for the third one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The science was interesting, but the plot was pretty ridiculous. I also began to wonder if the authors were in a contest to see who could use the most obscure words....over and over again! Like the vast majority of very successful writers, Lincoln and Child seem to have reached a point where no one truly edits their work anymore. A pity; this could have used a fearless editor!