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Gideon's Fall: When You Don't Have a Prayer, Only a Miracle Will Do Paperback – 16 Aug 2007

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (16 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595427464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595427468
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,404,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Turner on 22 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
A rip roaring yarn. This novel smashes the reader in the face from the opening pages and does not let go till the last word. A look at a hyperviolent world located in a all to near future,It vibrates w/t relevance in today's kinetic political atmosphere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Action Packed Parable 7 Feb. 2012
By Jack Daye - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Helluva story! Sacred cows run screaming from every page of this action tale. Sci-Fi military gadgetry a-plenty and a black humor view of how our corporate-run world will evolve (with the Church as a major power) provides a schema for jaw-dropping adventure.
World-class manipulators and brutal fighters criss-cross the globe wringing profit from fighting 'contests' using million-dollar man technology gone wild.
A chess game scenario in which heads of state attempt world domination will cause the reader to question the motivations of current events.
The book could have used some vigorous editing, but it is eminently readable and worth the occasional contortions to which your grammar/spelling sense may be put.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Frenetic Read 19 Oct. 2007
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I will start this review by saying that I had a hard time deciding between four and five stars. The prevelance of misused homonyms and typos definitely detracts from the storytelling, but the dynamism and vigor of an unusual literary style eventually decided me in favor of five stars.
In this hurly-burly view of the indeterminably close future, an improbable spritual innocent, an unlikely telekinetic spaceman, and an all too likely cast of surgically and genetically enhanced humans romp through a borderless world in which a militant Catholic church deploys fighting Jesuit castrati, Mormans mount a fighting rearguard action and a Jim Jones wannabe charges into the fray. Through it all a cast of bit players entertain with violent sidelights in a worlwide fight underground. Actually, in the end, Gideon, a consistant but secondary player does not actually fall, the denouement being as satisfying and odd as the rest of the novel.
The author's unusual dynamic style takes a chapter or two to acclimate to, but is well suited to the tale that he spins. This is one of those rare books that is one good editor away from the bookstands and bookstores.

John Cooley, author, Dear Madman
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Journey Worth Taking 26 Dec. 2007
By EM Muller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In Gideon's Fall, Gabrielsen takes the reader on a journey into a strange and violent world of the future populated by some of the most bizarre characters I have ever encountered. It is a tribute to the author's skill that what should be totally unbelievable becomes disturbingly plausible. The murder of an astronaut's wife and young son by thugs hopped up on drugs provides an uncomfortable link between the fictional world of the future and the real world of the present. A militarized Catholic church defended by an army of castrated Jesuits, an aging gladiator desperate to win his last fight and augmented super humans lusting for blood--anyone's blood. Sci-fi at its best, Gideon's Fall is a unique story that will leave the reader with haunting images that will not soon be forgotten.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Vonnegut-style tale of the next century 1 Dec. 2007
By Dennis Batchelder - Published on Amazon.com
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Eric Gabrielsen's "Gideon's Fall" paints a picture of the world 80 or so years from now: a world full of augmented bodies, consolidated countries, a single Catholic church (except for a few lingering Mormon terrorists), a space catapult, and a couple mind-machine mergers.

The book is a collection of story lines told from the perspectives of quite a few characters, including Gideon (gladiator who wants out), Leslie (gladiator who got out for a while and became a drug lord), and Shadrach (a super-strong super-fundamentalist out to destroy any enhanced people). Some of the story lines are the rise and fall of Leslie, the retirement of Gideon, the end of the Church, the revenge of a drug crime victim, and the ascension of James from a homeless person to Pope.

Gabrielsen's book has more than a few spelling and grammatical errors. However, several of the myriad of story lines and characters were compelling: I enjoyed reading about Michelle and then Tobe's restaurant, Anna's life of the super-rich, and Eddie's quest for revenge.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great book for those who like their violence in style 7 April 2010
By Specklebang - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't review many books because I'm lazy and indifferent. This book was a knockout in the category of Altered Carbon and The Skinner.

I hope this guy writes more books. I'll buy them.

You have to transcend some typos but it's a tiny price to pay for this action packed, wildly imaginative, in your face masterpiece.

.Altered Carbon: A Takeshi Kovacs Novel (Takeshi Kovacs Novels)

The Skinner (Spatterjay, Book 1)
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