The Lost Island: A Gideon Crew Novel
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Grand Central, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Bob Walch
t the outset I must say that I was looking forward to reading this book and following the next adventure of Gideon Crew. The indomitable master thief and sometimes scientist is given a task by the mysterious Eli Glinn that will take him to an island off the coast of South America where he will encounter an unbelievable creature.
ccompanying Gideon on this mind boggling outing is Amy Amiko, a woman as well versed in the Greek classics as she is proficient with a variety of weapons.
t the heart of this journey is an ancient map that will take this duo to the location where they will find a special elixir called
which has amazing healing properties.
ou won't get too far into this novel before you realize that this quest is closely linked to the homeward journey of Odysseus and his ordeal at the hands of the Cyclops.
lthough the thriller begins well, it quickly descends into a scenario that really defies belief. I was tempted to set the book aside but was curious how this ridiculous story was going to end so I muddled on through to the lackluster conclusion.
eedless to say, I was disappointed in this Crew caper and will think twice before I waste time reading another one. Fiction of this nature demands that the reader
play the game
and not require a plot that is totally plausible. That is all well and good but
The Lost Island
asks too much. Not only is this total malarkey, but I think the authors owe Homer an apology for bastardizing his epic poem.
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