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The Third Gate: A Novel | [Lincoln Child]

The Third Gate: A Novel

Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all - Narmer's crown - might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer's is the elusive crown of the two Egypts.
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Publisher's Summary

Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all - Narmer's crown - might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer's is the elusive crown of the two Egypts, supposedly possessed of awesome powers.

The dig itself is located in one of the most forbidding places on Earth - the Sudd, a nearly impassable swamp in northern Sudan. Amid the nightmarish, disorienting tangle of mud and dead vegetation, a series of harrowing and inexplicable occurrences are causing people on the expedition to fear a centuries - old curse. With a monumental discovery in reach, Professor Jeremy Logan is brought onto the project to investigate. What he finds will raise new questions... and alarm.

In the hands of master storyteller Lincoln Child, The Third Gate breaks new ground and introduces a fascinating new protagonist to the thriller world.

©2012 Lincoln Child (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Lincoln Child's novels are thrilling and tantalizing." (Vince Flynn)

"Bestseller Child (Terminal Freeze) more than succeeds in making a mummy's curse terrifying in this superb supernatural thriller.... Child evokes fear through understatement...Readers will hope to see more of [lead character] Logan in a sequel." (Publishers Weekly)

"Ample gadgetry, New Age soul-shifting, and pyrotechnics sufficient to employ a stable of stuntmen when brought to film: Child's newest is the sort of thing to delight all those who got wrapped up in The Mummy. Think, a Dan Brown-ian adventure amongst Pharaohs ready with a pocket full of curses." (Kirkus)

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    John Carrollton, TX, United States 06-19-12
    John Carrollton, TX, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2005

    I'm a crippeled old warrior with difficulty typing/writing etc. I used to love reading books, and have read many. I now love audio books.

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    "This is a page burner."

    Not being a qualified critic, I must say the plot is intreaging. The narration is excellent and helps establish carracter personna and depth of color. This story robbed me of sleep several nights in a row. All in all, I was delightfully entertained. Thank you Lincoln Child.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Martin West Chicago, IL, USA 06-26-12
    Martin West Chicago, IL, USA 06-26-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Don't waste your credit"
    Would you try another book from Lincoln Child and/or Johnathan McClain?

    No. Not unless it is co-authored with Douglas Preston


    What was most disappointing about Lincoln Child’s story?

    I love any book about early Egypt, but this book was painful to listen to; slow moving with no character development.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Johnathan McClain?

    ANYONE. After 8 years as an Audible member, this was the worst narrator ever. I may as well had my 10 year old grandson read from this book. No change in voice or inflection.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None. Very, very disappointed with the book.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 10-17-12
    William SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2007

    Author, rabid Audible listener.

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    "Not enough story, too predictable."

    Did you watch the movie Prometheus? The Third Gate is like a more earth-bound version of that movie with a slightly different plot surrounding a mysterious find in Egypt.

    I really enjoy Lincoln Child so naturally, I enjoyed the characters and whether his historical knowledge is real or faked, I bought it.

    The bad news is the book speeds along a bit too fast, misses on some really important points and there are some supernatural bits that just aren't believable given people's reactions.

    Overall, I was underwhelmed with the story and the ending was very predictable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SHEILA CLEBURNE, TX, United States 07-26-12
    SHEILA CLEBURNE, TX, United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Predictable if you're familiar with the author"

    I was disappointed in this book, but as I have read/listened to quite a few of Lincoln Child's work (alone and with others), I think it may be time for me to set aside this author for a while, as I found this one predictable and so similar to others as to be a bit formulaic. If I were not familiar with his work, I would probably be giving it a much higher rating. However, I must say this is the first time I have found him wonting a bit in his research (on NDE's.) The entire plot was a little trite. As with his other books, I find myself curious about the location of this story, and about the history he describes, so if you are interested in ancient Egypt and the early pharohs, you might find this to be a great choice. The narrator does a fine job. I will watch for his name elsewhere, and Mr Child's descriptions are engaging and very effective. He has a superb talent for descriptions and action. For all of that, if you are familiar with Mr. Child's work, you may find this one a bit of a letdown, as did I. Not saying it is a bad book, just that, for me, it was just too much like his others to stir me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 07-23-12
    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Scooby Doo Story"

    The whole time I was listening to this book, I expected Freddy, Velma and Daphne to come along and tear the mask off the villain. It was the worst attempt at a plot ever made by Lincoln Child. I love their stuff, esp Pendergast but this was so corny it was uncomfortable to listen to.

    Pass on this one guys.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    07-06-12
    07-06-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Sigh - I used to really like Child (and Lincoln)"

    Lincoln and Child, both individually and collectively, used to write great novels. I am sad to conclude that their novels are just not as good as they used to be. In particular, this novel was, at best, half-baked.

    The set up was fine. I was hooked! And the story went along . . . until . . .

    I found myself hearing plot details like (quasi-spoiler that I will try to be vague enough to avoid) "Well, that will only be a problem if it's X, and we know it's Y!" (At which time you KNOW that they were wrong, it is going to turn out to be Y, and you have a very good idea exactly what is going to happen.)

    Worse, was after the book ended, and I suddenly realized all the loose ends that were never tied up. Personally, I hate that as much as anything.

    If you want to have a good listen in the nature of a quasi-mystical thriller, I commend many of Lincoln & Child's earlier collaborations UNTIL "The Wheel of Darkness." That is when, if I may borrow the metaphor, these guys "jumped the shark."

    For example, try any of the following:

    Thunderhead
    The Ice Limit (Very Good)
    Mount Dragon

    or any of the early Pendergast novels, up to said "Wheel of Darkness":

    Relic (Also very good)
    Still Life with Crows
    Brimstone
    The Book of the Dead
    Dance of Death

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sandra decatur, TX, United States 06-23-12
    sandra decatur, TX, United States 06-23-12
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    "Felt like it was churned out to meet a deadline"
    What would have made The Third Gate better?

    Well rounded characters, more suspense, a better narrator


    What was most disappointing about Lincoln Child’s story?

    It was blah, utterly forgettable! It had all the right stuff for a suspenseful, intriguing story and it fell short in every way. The characters were all equally neutral, none possessed any particularly likeable or even unlikeable qualities.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More nuance, variation in the voices. It was hard to tell at times who was speaking b/c the voices were all the same. And all were virtually toneless.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It had a good premise and was written by an author who has written some wonderful books in the past. That's what kept me listening, I kept thinking it would be great any minute!


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be VERY hesitant to purchase any future books by this author, I'll probably wait for any new books to appear at my local library rather than waste my money on a something that the author seems to have not put any particular effort into.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Su United States 06-19-12
    Su United States 06-19-12

    From, NYC

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    "I feel bad writing a bad review..."
    Any additional comments?

    But this book was really disappointing. Most of the work was done by conversations like --'Where are we going now?'--'Sorry, but you'll have to wait and see.' --'What do you want from me?' --'I can't tell you yet.'--'Why am I here?'--'It's mysterious. No, really. It is very mysterious.'I found the characters superficial and unrealistic. The story line was is not stimulating. Maybe the author wanted to target teenagers and I am just not the right demographic.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Spokane, Wa, United States 06-18-12
    Kelly Spokane, Wa, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I saw it all coming...."
    What disappointed you about The Third Gate?

    the story line, I pretty much knew the whole time what was going to happen


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lincoln Child? Why or why not?

    After reading other reviews about this book, I most likey will check out others from Child. Looks like others are much better then The Thrid Gate.


    What about Johnathan McClain’s performance did you like?

    he has a nice voice


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Levin Chicago 06-22-12
    Thomas Levin Chicago 06-22-12 Member Since 2007

    TNL

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    "disappointing"
    What did you like best about The Third Gate? What did you like least?

    Lackluster writing, lackluster performance, boring story


    If you???ve listened to books by Lincoln Child before, how does this one compare?

    worse than others


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    a lot of things. Dry performance except in a few places


    Did The Third Gate inspire you to do anything?

    stop reading these types of books from this author


    Any additional comments?

    Truly disappointed. Couldn't decide if this was to be a ghost story or mystery thriller. Seemed wrong for either genre

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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