Who doesn’t love a good caper? The Lost Island, the third Gideon Crew adventure novel from the bestselling writing team of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, opens with a doozy.
Gideon, the former art thief-turned nuclear scientist-turned private spy, is asked to swipe a page from the historic Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript revered as Ireland’s greatest national treasure. The book is on display in a New York museum, but the extensive security measures are unbeatable.
Naturally, our hero needs only 60 seconds, a few small explosives and an innocuous canister of sunblock (SPF 70) to pull off the impossible heist. Easy peasy, story over, right? Not quite.
Turns out there’s a treasure map underneath the parchment’s priceless artwork — and off goes Crew, a man living on borrowed time, on another, even grander adventure.
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Preston and Child, better known for their supernatural mysteries featuring Special Agent Pendergast, always go big in their storytelling. The Lost Island is no exception. On a remote island along the Caribbean Mosquito Coast, Gideon will find an extraordinary treasure that “will change the world.”
— David Martindale
THE LOST ISLAND
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Grand Central Publishing, $27
Audiobook: Hachette Audio, $30; read by voice-actor David W. Collins.