Book Review: Resurrecting Midnight
Publication Date: Aug 25, 2009
List Price: $26.95
Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Reviewed by Thumper
Man, I must have been knocked out for a long ass time. I had to
take a leave of absence for three years because I had to go back to school
to further my education in order to insure future employment opportunities.
On the literary front, I was asleep, which explains how I totally missed
Eric Jerome Dickey's assassin series, the Gideon trilogy: Sleeping with
Strangers; Waking with Enemies; and Dying for Revenge. When the latest
Gideon installment, Resurrecting Midnight, crossed my desk, I had to ponder
whether I was going to read it or not. When it comes to series, I like
starting at the beginning and working my through it in chronological order.
Not only did I not know that Dickey had written a series about an
international assassin, it goes to reason that I had not read any of the
installments. My curiosity and my being a big fan of Dickey weighed
more heavily than my need to start reading the series from the beginning.
I started Resurrecting Midnight and I'm glad I did. The novel was a
swift moving, action packed movie with plenty of explosions, gunfire, and
sex, everything that goes into living life on the edge. I LOVED IT!
Gideon, an international assassin, wants to organize the scattered pieces of his past in order to finally have some sort of foundation on which to build the rest of his life. Because he can't get any straight answers from Catherine, the whore who raised him; Gideon takes matters into his own hands. At the same time Gideon was summoned by Arizona, a grifter and former lover, for a meeting. She wants him to go to South America and retrieve a piece of equipment that will guarantee her millions. In order to get the missing piece Gideon has to deal with The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a group of four deadly assassins, including one named Midnight. Gideon and Midnight had memorable meeting when Gideon was 7 years old. The meeting did not end well. Gideon's past and his future will be pitted against each other, and the final outcome will not be pretty, not by a long shot.
I am over the moon for Resurrecting Midnight! I'm as happy as a lonely sissy with a bag full of plastic dicks. I loved everything about the novel. The characters, the plot, are all winning. I am surprised that I loved the novel as well as I did for I don't usually go for the international assassin /spy type stories. Now, I can watch and enjoy a Tom Clancy type book when it is turned into a movie, but in its book form I am bored stupid. The difference between Resurrecting Midnight and those books is Dickey. While all of the weapons, action and high tech gadgets are all here, Dickey gave Gideon personal drama to deal with as well. If you have followed Dickey as long as I have, from his first novel (Sister, Sister) to now, he is the master of personal drama, the absolute best. When it comes to crafting a story with memorable characters in messy situations, Dickey is in a class by himself. Couple this talent with an assassin/spy based story, the result is in an infectious, damn hard to put down book.
I have to send Dickey a big note of appreciation for making this Gideon installment readable for the uninitiated. As I stated earlier, I had not read any of the Gideon trilogy. Thanks to Dickey, I did not feel slighted or short changed by not having read the earlier novels because all of the necessary details were included in this novel. I was able to fall head first into the story and simply enjoy it. My desire to read the other Gideon novels was not squashed. I'm going to have to read them, and fast, before the next Gideon novel drop.
Resurrecting Midnight is da bomb! I loved it! I know there is another installment coming down the pike, so I'm going to get ready for it. I suggest you all do the same.