Gideon's Sword introduces Gideon Crew a renegade who devotes his life to avenging his father's death (like Bruce Wayne?). Crew was into robbing valuable artwork when he learns that his father may have been set up to be murdered by someone high in the military. He decides to train his body and learn all the skill necessary to extract revenge.
Gideon's efforts come to the attention of Eli Glinn (a recurring character in some of the author's other books). Glinn hires Gideon to obtain the secret to a new weapon that a Chinese scientist is bringing to New York. The scientist is chased by a deady Chinese assassin but stays alive long enough to give Gideon a long string of numbers.
It is up to Gideon to stay alive and find out what the numbers mean before the assassin can get to him. Gideon has help from an unlikely trio (a friend, a CIA agent and a prostitute). I gave this book 3 stars because it has a good pace and did not get boring. I could not rate it any higher because:
- Gideon is a very one dimensional character and it is hard to really understand anything about the person he is. - Gideon uses very lame social engineering techniques to easily get things from people in highly secure facilities. The techniques were so obvious that even in the most mundane place, they would not work.
Possible spoiler below:
The authors set the book for an obvious sequel so they are not done with Mr. Gideon Crew. With a little work he could prove to be their next Pendergast.