Authors: Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Audiobook: Hachette Audio
Date of publication: January 2012
A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff.
plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it
seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before.
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
Gideon's Corpse is the second in the Gideon Crew series by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. Autumn and I both reviewed the first one, Gideon's Sword, last year. The second book in a series can always be iffy for me, especially if I really liked the first one. While I didn't love Gideon's Corpse, I still thought it was an enjoyable book.
This one picks up right where the first one left off. Gideon is asked to try to talk a former colleague out of a hostage situation. When that goes badly, he finds himself in the middle of a terrorist plot with only 10 days to stop it. The mystery of who is trying to start a war on American soil was pretty good. With a couple of possibilities on the table, I wasn't truly sure who was behind it. There were also a few twists that I liked. Gideon's Corpse also has some great action scenes that helped to build the tension.
Gideon is pretty much the same in this book. He is still good looking, a great liar and master of disguise. The thing that appeals to me most about Gideon is that he isn't the perfect alpha male. He just seems real and is a pretty nice guy. He has flaws and messes up all the time. He even has an unknown amount of time left to live. The blockage in his brain could burst at any time. What I would love to see is for him to find a girlfriend. So far, his track record hasn't been that great. One thing that did bother be about the book is that the "romance" in the book felt forced and probably could have been left out.
I listened to the audio and I enjoyed the narrator. As in the first book, this one ends with a clue as to the next of Gideon's adventures. I look forward to seeing what trouble he can get into next!