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)
All in all a good read (listen). Facinating Egyptology stuff woven into the plot. I found that I held my breath a lot! Won't spoil it by telling you why.
SOMETHING! Sorry it was funny when I typed it.
This was a very different book than I expected. Took a little to keep going but it was worth it.
I really never like to single out one over the rest, they were all good and played off each other well.
I liked McClain very much he kept me interested.
Since I am writing this a few weeks after I read it it is difficult to remember ll of the names I would like to have a one on one with the start and I would love to see just how the wife of the Doctor is.
Takes some effort to get through but well worth it.
The description of the Sud
It had a good plot, and story. I am fascinated by the mystery that surrounds the Egyptian era, and supposed curses that surround the Pharo's, Kings and Queens. The only thing I didn't like about the audio was the narration. I was't bad, It didn't have enough peaks and valleys to keep me guessing.I sounded to much like a news spot.
This could have been a much better read if Mr. Child hadn't had a one week deadline to finish the book. It was almost like listening to the outline of the book supplemented by the authors notes. I really wanted to enjoy the story, but it was over so quickly that I felt cheated out of my credit.
I also don't like McClain as a reader. He is definitely not a performer, no voice or pitch changes for characters , the tone too high and his cadence too fast. He does a better job when the action gets hot and heavy, but basically it sounds like he's reading the book to a kid.
I really tried to like this book, but in the end, I can't recommend wasting a credit. Wait till it comes out in paperback.
While I like stories about the super natural, I like it when the super natural is treated as something unusual, eerie and scary. In this story the author have chosen to incorporate the super natural as something quite natural and the result is a more a thriller/adventure than the (high tech) ghost story I was expecting. Fair enough, its just not for me.
The best thing in this book, for me, was the unusual setting. The thing I liked least was the very long dialogues.
Slow, interesting, educational.
Logan watches and listens, but he's not a strong character.
He does well with the story.
It took awhile to get into the character development and human interactions. The setup of the dig was arduous, and I was beginning to think this was more of a lesson in archeology with minimal story line. I did get hooked and am glad I heard the entire book, as it turns out to be an interesting story, and quite an education. I love the Pendergast series and was expecting stronger characters.
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.
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