Monday, January 31, 2011

Gideon's War by Howard Gordon

Being a fan of the television series 24, when I had the opportunity to read a book by the executive producer I was intrigued.

Howard Gordon’s debut novel, GIDEON’S WAR, was all I thought it would be and more.

Special Presidential Enovy Gideon Davis is good at brokering deals and making peace between rival countries. But his latest assignment hits too close to home.

An Islamist insurgency is making war against the American-friendly government Sultanate of Mohan in Southeast Asia. They are lead by the ruthless leader Abu Nasir. The President is sending Gideon and his mentor, Assistant National Security Advisor Earl Parker, to bring Abu Nasir in.

He’s agreed to only talk to one person - his brother, Gideon. It seems Abu Nasir is really Gideon’s older brother, Tillman Davis, who has gone rogue. To make matters worse, they only have 48 hours before Abu/Tillman is a dead man and international war breaks out.

Meanwhile, in the South China Sea, the multimillion dollar state-of-the-art oil rig, the Obelishk, has been taken over by Abu Nasir and his terrorists. Rig manager Kate Murphy isn’t sure who will destroy her rig first - the terrorists or the raging storm headed their way.

Author Howard Gordon has weaved a story of intrigue and international terrorism. The stage is set for Gideon and Kate to meet as their two worlds collide in a breathtaking roller coaster of events.

This is a fast-pace, adrenaline-filled plot with numerous twists and turns including the kidnapping of Earl Parker. There are ambushes, betrayals, shootouts, and more weapons than you can keep up with. It’s a rush from beginning to end.

Gideon gets out of one hair raising situation only to find himself in another more death-defining all the while not firing a single shot until he is faced with his most shocking realization. 

Howard Gordon's website is

Gideon’s War by Howard Gordon, Touchstone, @2011, ISBN: 978-1-4391-7581-1, Hardcover, 336 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.


  1. Mason - Thanks for this review. It certainly sounds like a real clock-ticking kind of thriller with lots of suspense. I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as you did.

  2. Wow, just reading the fast pace here in your review has left me breathless!

  3. Sounds like a great thriller. Thanks for the review.

  4. Mason - sounds fascinating!! Thank you for the terrific review

  5. This is one my husband would enjoy as well. Always hunting for book gift ideas for him. Thanks.

  6. his sounds like a timely book and as exciting as each "24" episode.

  7. This sounds fantastic, Mason! Thank you for the review - I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Hi all, just a quick minute to pop in during work to say thanks for all your comments. This was an enjoyable read and reminded me a lot of the series 24.

  9. Sounds like it will make a great movie as well!


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