Gideon's Corpse (Gideon Crew series)
Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff.
A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before.
Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack.
Ten days. And Gideon Crew, tracking the mysterious terrorist cell from the suburbs of New York to the mountains of New Mexico, learns the end may be something worse--far worse--than mere Armageddon.
are English speakers in the entire world. They know all about us and we know almost nothing about them. This enemy is ruthless. They operate the last imperial, colonialist power on earth, which occupies and brutalizes many of the formerly independent countries surrounding it. “This enemy has brazenly and openly stolen trillions of dollars of our intellectual property. In return, they send us poisoned food and medicine. They don’t play by the rules of international law. They are corrupt. They
said, “one engine out, twenty-five miles west of Inyokern.” A brief pause. “One four niner six niner, Los Angeles Center, closest airport on your current heading is Bakersfield, runway sixteen and thirty-four. Airport thirty-five miles out at ten o’clock.” “One four niner six niner,” said Fordyce, “heading ten o’clock for Bakersfield.” “Squawk seven seven hundred, and ident,” came the voice from Los Angeles Center. Fordyce pressed a button on the console. “This is Los Angeles Center. Contact
that he’d been able to hide the two of them under thick vegetation before there was any chance they’d be spotted. It was a vast area called the Bearhead: the remotest part of the Jemez Mountains. Gideon had fished the lower reaches of the Bearhead but had never been deep into it before. The sun was now setting, throwing the mountains into deep purple. “A person could go in there and vanish forever,” Alida said, squinting into the hazy distance. “Right,” said Gideon. He dropped the saddlebags
if he didn’t—then grasped the key and gave it a single turn. The elevator descended for what seemed forever. As it did, Dr. Myron Dart took a moment to collect his thoughts and take stock. As N-Day approached, entire sections of Washington had been evacuated and secured by large numbers of troops. Every square inch had been searched and re-searched with dogs, radiation monitors, and by hand. Meanwhile, the country held its collective breath, speculating endlessly on just where in Washington
understand me, Officer Mackie?” The trooper remained unmoved. “I will check out your affiliation, thank you. May I have your identification back, sir?” This wasn’t acceptable: the last thing Fordyce wanted was for Millard to learn he was two-thirds of the way across the country in Simon Blaine’s Jeep. But… If the man needed the identification back, it meant he hadn’t noted his name. Fordyce took another step toward the trooper and lowered his voice. “No more of this bullshit. We need to get to