The Lost Island

The Lost Island

Book - 2014
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After being tasked with stealing a page from a priceless, ancient book, brilliant scientist and master thief Gideon Crew discovers a hidden map on the back of the book's parchment, in the third novel of the series following Gideon's Corpse.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, c2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781455525775
1455525774
Branch Call Number: PRE
Characteristics: 355 p. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Child, Lincoln

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MrThaddeusM
Dec 28, 2015

My relationship with Gideon Crew is a tenuous one. In "Gideon's Sword," Crew is introduced and his adventure is a sure-fire thriller, and a nice juxtaposition to (Preston and Child's other superstar) Special Agent Pendergast's cold, calculated methods.

And then came "Gideon's Corpse," which was another harrowing P&C adventure, but had some moments of over-the-top ridiculousness (chainsaw dueling, anyone?) It felt tailor-made for a Michael Bay-directed movie, and it made me dislike Crew for it.

But "The Lost Island" was a breath of sweet air for the Gideon Crew novels, and was a wonderful read while waiting for the next Pendergast adventure. As jimg2000 said, there are numerous (as techno-thrillers are wont to have) historical and scientific bendings of plausibility, but the twist of the story is fresh and creative, and Gideon doesn't have to wield a chainsaw against cultists to survive. The character of Eli Glinn, always enigmatic and with an obfuscated history, is finally fleshed out much to my satisfaction, and while some of the action seemed repetitive, the holding back of the denouement kept me reading for many hours into the night.

The hints of the next Crew novel are also brilliantly interspersed into "The Lost Island," and I would read up on P&C's "The Ice Limit" before it comes out -- you'll understand why.

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1ranger1
Oct 29, 2015

I found I couldn't put it down and stayed up most of the night till the final page was turned...Historically inaccurate but a wonderful read.

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badafrank
Jan 21, 2015

A waste of reading time!

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Debbi_0
Oct 16, 2014

Good One!

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2014

Excellent thriller in that the story moved quickly and readers had little time to reflect on the inconsistencies to known facts or improbability of theories and heroics, such as on the practice of anthropodermic bibliopegy or topic on the Michelson Conjecture etc. Bring back Agent Pendergast soon.

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seaworld
Aug 17, 2014

great read

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2014

What had once been a pleasant and relaxed capital was now more like an armed camp. The Metropolitan Police, Capital Police, Park Police, State Department Police, US Mint Police, Secret Service Police, “Special “ Police (achtung!) – in fact, something like two dozen police forces, …

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“Failure analysis is one side of the coin.” Garza said. “Engineering’s the other. Engineering is the science of not failing – of doing something right. It isn’t enough to figure out how to do something right. You also have to figure out how not to do something wrong. You have to analyze every possible path to failure. Only then can you be sure of success.”

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2014

" ... You can't truly appreciate Homer in English. ἄνδρα μοι ἔννεπε, μοῦσα, πολύτροπον, ὃς μάλα πολλὰ Πλάγχθη. ‘Sing to me of the man, O muse, that wily hero who traveled far and wide'-Sorry, the English just doesn't cut it."

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Once, in an advanced cryptanalysis class at the academy, the professor assigned them a problem. It was a nasty sort of trick: unbeknownst to the students, the problem, known as the Michelson Conjecture, had never been solved.

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MrThaddeusM
Dec 28, 2015

MrThaddeusM thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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