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Gideon's Corpse
by Douglas Preston
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Grand Central, 2012 (2012)
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* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

A Los Alamos scientist goes crazy, takes his landlord's family hostage and is killed by a SWAT team before he can be interrogated. His corpse is as radioactive as the Japanese nuclear reactor at the Fukushima power plant.

Meanwhile, a sinister plume of radiation has been detected over New York City, where apparently a nuclear device has just been assembled before being hidden away somewhere in the metropolitan area.

Called in by Effective Engineering Solutions to assist with the crisis, Dr. Gideon Crew has been paired with an FBI agent to track the mysterious terrorist cell bent on vaporizing one of the America's major cities.

Gideon has just ten days to find and neutralize the folks determined to finish the job started on 9/11. The search will take him from New York back to the mountains of New Mexico, and what Gideon uncovers will shake him to his very core. Although he believes the scenario couldn't be worse than what was outlined for him when he started this frenetic quest, in point of fact it is much worse!

The writing duo of Preston and Child have created some spellbinding thrillers, but this second installment of the new Gideon series may be one of their best yarns to date. They pull out all the stops in this one and refuse to let their readers pause for even an instant. Even at over 300 pages this could easily be a one or two day read!

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