Gideon's Sword by Douglas PrestonMy rating: 3 of 5 stars
The idea that someone would devote their life to avenging their father's frame-up and murder isn't new, although Gideon Crew does go about it in an interesting way. To then be hired as an independent contractor by an independent contractor to some government agency to retrieve information from a Chinese defector... not so usual (although that particular career isn't unique in the annals of fiction).
What would have made Gideon's quest to obtain the new technology really interesting would have been more of the computer sleuthing, less of the violence. His brief adventure into the world of Falun Gong was too brief, and I never quite felt what the author presents as real feeling for Orchid. It was amusing that his semi-minder, Garza, mentions several times how much of an amateur Gideon is.
The fact that his unpredictability comes from only having a year left is a nice twist, although I wonder how long the authors are going to go with that. What I mean is, this is a series - how many jobs can one person do in a year?
ARC provided by publisher.
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