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By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

Introducing Gideon workforce: trickster, prodigy, grasp thief

GIDEON'S SWORD

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

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

Now, with a brand new objective in his existence, Gideon crafts a one-time challenge of vengeance, geared toward the wrongdoer of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, incredible, and successful.

But from the shadows, an individual is gazing. the most important a person, who's inspired through Gideon's detailed abilities. a person who has desire of simply one of these renegade.

For Gideon, this operation should be basically the start . . .

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As they have been seated, the large band started to play. Predictably, the hole track used to be the Ellington quantity “Caravan. ” Gideon listened; they weren’t part undesirable. The waiter came visiting. “I’ll have an Absolut martini,” Jackson acknowledged, “dry and soiled, with olives. And,” she went on, eyeing the cigar checklist, “bring me a Bolívar Coronas Gigantes. ” Gideon ordered a lager, going mild after his overindulgence the evening ahead of. The waiter again with the beverages and the cigar. “You going to smoke that? ” Gideon requested, eyeing the torpedo-shaped aluminum tube. “No, you're. i love observing a guy smoke a cigar. ” Giving in to his baser instincts, Gideon got rid of the cigar, ran it less than his nostril. It was once very tremendous. He bring to a halt the top with the provided trimmer and lit it. Jackson eyed him sideways. “Like I acknowledged. You glance solid with a cigar. ” “Let’s simply wish I don’t get melanoma they usually need to lower my lips off. ” “Such great lips, too. ” She sipped her drink, nonetheless him. “You recognize, I’ve by no means obvious a person with rather your seems to be. Jet black hair, vibrant blue eyes. ” “Black Irish. other than I’m no longer Irish. ” “I’ll guess you sunburn simply. ” “Unfortunately, certain. ” right here, thus far from domestic, Jackson gave the impression of a unique individual. “You have any concept what these numbers suggest? ” he requested her. “Not but. I’ve already phoned them in. ” “I’d wish to be aware of in the event that they locate whatever. ” Jackson remained silent. The band slid into one other Ellington vintage, “Mood Indigo. ” Having given her the numbers, Gideon felt he may well push a bit more durable. “So inform me extra approximately this Nodding Crane personality. He appears like whatever out of a Bond motion picture. ” “In a fashion he's. A bred murderer. we all know little or no approximately him—comes from the chinese language a long way west, of Mongolian extraction, received greater than a bit Genghis Khan in him. He was once raised—so we hear—in a unique education unit that immersed him in American tradition. hired via the 810 workplace, it sounds as if. ” “The 810 workplace? ” She checked out him unusually. “For an operative, even a personal one, you’re surprisingly ignorant. ” “I’m a brand new rent. ” “The 810 place of work is the chinese language model of the Gestapo or the KGB, basically smaller and extra centred. It’s lower than the non-public regulate of some best Communist celebration officers. Nodding Crane is one in all their most sensible males, and apparently he’s been chemically and hormonally pumped up. He’s informed to the max, yet he’s now not the crude killing computing device chances are you'll imagine. He’s clever and, like I stated, steeped in American popular culture. I observed one document that claims he performs bottleneck guitar. Blues. ” “Seems difficult to think. but when he’s so stable, why did he fuck up with Wu? ” “Fuck up? His orders have been to kill Wu and break out. And that’s precisely what he did. The collateral harm was once of no consequence—to him. ” “But he didn’t get the plans. ” “He didn’t anticipate to—not then. That’s section . He’s engaged on that now. ” “Why’s he after me? ” “Come on, Gideon. There are part a dozen witnesses who observed you writing down these numbers. He doesn’t desire the numbers—his activity is to ensure an individual who is aware them is useless.

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