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By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

Introducing Gideon group: trickster, prodigy, grasp thief

GIDEON'S SWORD

At twelve, Gideon team witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down.

At twenty-four, summoned to his death mother's bedside, Gideon discovered the reality: His father used to be framed and intentionally slaughtered. along with her final breath, she begged her son to avenge him.

Now, with a brand new goal in his lifestyles, Gideon crafts a one-time challenge of vengeance, aimed toward the culprit of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, outstanding, and successful.

But from the shadows, a person is staring at. crucial a person, who's inspired via Gideon's designated talents. anyone who has desire of simply one of these renegade.

For Gideon, this operation might be merely the start . . .

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Sir, now we have methods in place…” Gideon leaned in and screamed into Longbaugh’s face like a drill sergeant, hitting him with spittle. “Procedures? forms? while people’s lives are at stake? ” It was once, he learned, a high-risk/high-reward technique. If it didn’t paintings, he was once screwed. however it did. “No have to scream,” acknowledged Longbaugh, leaning again, all of sudden and punctiliously intimidated. “I’m definite we will paintings it out. ” “Then paintings it out! Now! ” the fellow was once sweating bullets, essentially in a panic approximately making the incorrect selection. Gideon by surprise took a far softer, kinder tone. “Look, Captain, i do know you’re thinking about doing the perfect factor. I appreciate that. I’ll installed a great observe up the road approximately you whilst this is often over. yet you’ve acquired to appreciate, bureaucracy takes time. And we simply don’t have time. ” He leaned in. “I’m going to percentage anything with you. I’m no longer alleged to, yet i will be able to see you’re a reliable person. We’ve bought a flight halfway around the Pacific with a identified terrorist on board—they permit the son of a whinge on in Lagos. we now have cause to think he's making plans a terrorist motion the following. ” “Oh my God. ” “Oh my God is correct. We’re means in the back of the curve in this one, attempting to seize up. We’re flooding the terminal with undercover humans at present, yet I’ve bought to determine these tapes. There seems to be a necessary hyperlink. ” “I comprehend. ” “Can we do that relatively, particularly quietly? ” Gideon pleaded. “If we spook this man or his accomplices…” He allow his voice path off. Now he had Longbaugh 100% on his part. “I’m on it. ” the fellow rose. “Come with me. ” The critical safety operations room lay within the bowels of the airport, and it used to be very outstanding, partitions of video displays and consoles with the entire newest equipment. The room was once dim and hushed, dozens of individuals watching displays, not only of airport destinations, but in addition feeds from bag scanners and X-ray machines and cams staring at the taxiways and hangars. Their potency used to be remarkable. Twenty mins later Gideon used to be exiting customs with a clean, piping-hot DVD. 39 acquired a film for us tonight,” Gideon acknowledged, sliding into the white leather-based banquette within the Essex condo living room, bestowing a grin on Mindy Jackson. He became to the waiter. “Bring me what she’s having, rainy and soiled, olives. ” “What motion picture? ” requested Jackson. “The Mark Wu express. ” He laid down the DVD. “Shows him from the time he exited the aircraft to the taxi stand. ” She laughed. “What’s so humorous? ” “I’ve already visible that convey. It sucks—nothing on it. Nada. ” Gideon felt his face flip crimson. “You’ve obvious it? ” “Are you kidding? That was once the very first thing we checked out. How’d you get it? ” The drink arrived, and Gideon took a swig to hide his unhappiness. “I used these diplomatic embosses you set on my passport. And a bit yelling. ” “One of those days you’re going to run into a person who doesn’t fall on your bullshit. ” “So a ways, so reliable. ” She shook her head. “Not everybody on the planet is stupider than you. ” “I haven’t obvious it,” he acknowledged. “Will you watch it with me—​upstairs in our room?

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