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
"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)
Irina M. Flowers
Pleasant, calm, professional
I don't really listen (or read) books like this, but I decided to try this one - I had a huge design project and I needed something to occupy my mind while I was working with my hands. The novel didn't do the trick. I just couldn't believe that the writer who clearly has a talent, wrote a story that didn't touch me in any way. Somewhat an "empty shell".
I love to be scared, does anyone write anything scary anymore? Maybe I have just become numb.
Yes, someday. I don't like listening to books to soon because I tend to get ahead of the book in my head, but this is one I will listen to again someday.
As to why, its a great story, set in a great location with all the things a thriller needs to be great.
Yes! Although I did see some of the things coming, (a disadvantage to reading a lot), there were enough surprises to keep me guessing.
If I have one favorite character, I consider the book a failure. This book was not a failure.
A story that was up to Childs' standards, of which this wasn't.
Better characters, more fleshed out, and a plot which didn't feel like paint-by-numbers.
Ugh, he's horrible. Sounds like he's 15 and has zero inflection or character differentiations. Anyone would be better, like the guy who reads the Pendergast stories...
A nine-hour yawn.
Seriously, Lincoln? With writers who'd kill to be in the vaunted position in which you find yourself, this is the very best you can do? I have to say, I'm seriously disappointed. It really feels like you phoned this one in, dude. Almost as if it were an outline for a bigger, much better story - of which this has the potential of being - but as is, is certainly is nowhere near a final product. Stop coasting and start digging deeper. You owe it to your fans who are spending hard money for this stuff. We deserve better.
I am a fan of both Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston. Recently their work has been less than what they are capable of but this book did not disappoint. Here Lincoln steps up with a solid solo offering. The story and characters are all somewhat familiar with references to many other works of adventure. Miles rolled by effortlessly as the story, narrated very competently, did not hang-up and continually unfolded with interest and enough intrigue. No, it was not mind-bending but rather a comfortable exotic adventure tale mixed with science, supernatural, mystery and an interesting (but familiar) group of characters. I would recommend this book if you like these authors or if you care for an easy and engaging tale that is a friendly, quality distraction.
What can I say Mr Child continues to entertain on an informative level as well as suspenseful. Keep up the good work and please give us another Gideon.Ha Dennis
He does a good job of reading and I would listen to him again
We are truck drivers who listen to audio books and like to be both entertained and expand our intellect while at work. Great combo if you do both Dennis
Don't settle for someone you can live with. Find someone you can't live without.
This is a good mystery, that kept me guessing. It was a bit scary in some parts too. I really enjoyed it overall.
The performers voice was a bit monotoned, which was good for the exciting bits but got a bit boring in the early parts of the story when the characters and story were being set up. Mostly I liked that his voice didn't get hysterical in the action scenes, just matter of fact, which added to the edginess.
I liked the story but the narration was very week if it wasnt being a Child book i may have not finshed it.
The Lincoln Child formula is in full effect: quasi-supernatural mystery, isolated location, billionaire throwing his money around, and a collection of interesting character types. The problem is that it never seems to get past the formula. The whole book seems like an outline for a better novel, that never got fully fleshed out. There are several concepts that are introduced, but never have their potential fulfilled, and a few plot points that just make ZERO sense. (Trying to not spoil things...) Why would a relatively low level member of the expedition have an access card to a highly secure type of room that has nothing to do with their mission specialty? Why are some aspects of the curse paid off in (admittedly clever) very literal ways, and others in just vague metaphoric ways?
But the narration was the biggest problem here. McClain would be fine on other genres I think, but he seriously lacks the ability to lend gravitas to the story in the way Scott Brick does. His voice makes everyone sound like a college undergrad. And, especially early on, every line of dialogue sounds very self aware and is read as if the speaker is trying to make an ironic statement.
I did not read the print but I loved to listen to the audio version
I really like ancient artifacts and the story being linked to the first king of egypt made me one to listen to this audiobook
I have many but they are all spoilers
Logan, so I could listen to his knowledge of his findings
This was my first encounter with Lincoln Child and I am going to check out his previous and future work
Lincoln Child has done his usual brilliant job of research. The education gained on archaeology and Egypt alone are worth the price of the book.
My son has recently left for the Peace Corps in Uganda. This is a priceless insight into the Sudd.
Child, with or without Preston is a master of dialogue.
I have every Preston, Child, or Preston/Child book in my library. This is in the top five.
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