- CD de audio: 10 páginas
- Editor: Gideon Crew; Edición: Unabridged (1 de enero de 2012)
- Colección: Gideon Crew
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1611130972
- ISBN-13: 978-1611130973
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Gideon S Corpse (Gideon Crew) (Inglés) CD de audio – Audiolibro, CD, Versión íntegra
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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. "
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I liked Gideon's character more in this book than I did in the last one. We learn more about his past as an art thief, which helps explain his masterful skill at disguise and voice alteration. Also, his relationship with a new FBI partner, Stone Fordyce, helps flesh out his personality a bit. I liked the way they worked together - Fordyce's by-the-book dryness contrasts well with Gideon's rebelliousness. On a less positive note, the "wiseass" thing is still a bit annoying to me - Gideon seems to make wisecracks at all the wrong moments, and they're never particularly witty. There's also a romantic element to the novel that stretches credibility a bit too much - it's rather amusing how the authors manage to get their characters naked at the most inopportune of times (the romance is actually the weakest part of the novel - never once did I believe it). And Mr. Preston and Mr. Child, please come up with another trademark expression for Gideon - the "sink me" thing just doesn't fly.
Ultimately, GIDEON'S CORPSE will work for you if you can suspend disbelief enough to buy into the story, which is a conspiracy theorist's dream. The biggest problem I had with it is how little the events that are unfolding (a threatened nuclear strike in a major US city, the decimation of the stock market, mass panic and exodus from major cities, etc.) seem to affect the world of the novel. We hear some of what's happening through a radio report Gideon hears during a cross-country road trip, but none of it ever seems real. Stores are still open, gas stations are still selling gas, everyone's still going to work - it all seems too much like business as usual. Just think how things were in the aftermath of 9/11 - I don't get that at all in this novel, and that's a shame. Beyond that, you have to accept the many, many coincidences that help Gideon (who has no training in espionage at all) do what the FBI, the CIA, and the NSA can't - save the world from certain disaster. No one else can do it, but Gideon Crew can. If you look at it as a fantasy story, it works better.
Overall, I enjoyed the novel enough to consider reading the next one. It's all very "Mission Impossible," I guess - an episodic story that would make a good TV series. The ending of GIDEON'S CORPSE takes a direction I had not anticipated, which is a plus (although it's not something that can withstand too much thought - none of it makes much sense). GIDEON'S CORPSE is not up there with any of Preston & Child's masterpieces, but it's a serviceable read for a cold winter afternoon.
This is the second in what may prove, hopefully, to be a long series of books about this character. Given that Mr. Crew has a terminal medical condition, his continued presence is questionable.
There have been lots of reviews by Child and Preston lovers which detail the plot and why they love or hate this new character. Let me say that Pendergast and his cast of friends is a hard, hard act to follow. Every now and then a character is born that offers something to almost everyone, and Pendergast (in my opinion) has become that character. As we finish one book we want to start the next (would it be bad to lock the authors up - taking good care of them of course - and forcing them to write a dozen Pendergast books a year?) and we measure all the author(s) books by those we love. So Gideon Crew had a steep uphill climb to compete with his "older brother" Aloysius.
That said, I didn't find either Gideon's Sword (first book) or Gideon's Corpse to be riddled with errors as others have claimed. Maybe I just didn't notice because I found the action fast paced enough to divert my attention. Is he larger than life? A superspy superhero? Maybe just a bit. Mostly I find him to be an ordinary guy placed in extraordinary circumstances and doing darn well, just as we all would hope we would do.
So I say, Good Job, Messrs. Child and Preston. Write on! and on! and on!
This is a five star book that got four stars for poor morals. Get that filth out and expand the reading audience.