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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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    Irina M. Flowers Newport News, VA 07-05-12
    Irina M. Flowers Newport News, VA 07-05-12 Member Since 2008

    Irina M. Flowers

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    "No point"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A story


    Has The Third Gate turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Off


    What three words best describe Johnathan McClain’s voice?

    Pleasant, calm, professional


    Was The Third Gate worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Curt Vancouver, WA 07-02-12
    Curt Vancouver, WA 07-02-12 Member Since 2005

    I love to be scared, does anyone write anything scary anymore? Maybe I have just become numb.

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    "Nice little thriller!"
    Would you listen to The Third Gate again? Why?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes! Although I did see some of the things coming, (a disadvantage to reading a lot), there were enough surprises to keep me guessing.


    Which character – as performed by Johnathan McClain – was your favorite?

    If I have one favorite character, I consider the book a failure. This book was not a failure.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew L. Peterson Dallas, TX United States 07-01-12
    Matthew L. Peterson Dallas, TX United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Meh..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A story that was up to Childs' standards, of which this wasn't.


    What could Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Better characters, more fleshed out, and a plot which didn't feel like paint-by-numbers.


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

    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...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A nine-hour yawn.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Reid Roseville, CA 06-26-12
    Doug Reid Roseville, CA 06-26-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great for Driving"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 06-23-12
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "He does it again another great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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


    Have you listened to any of Johnathan McClain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He does a good job of reading and I would listen to him again


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jazztyke Australia 06-22-12
    Jazztyke Australia 06-22-12

    Don't settle for someone you can live with. Find someone you can't live without.

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    "well read, eerie story in parts"
    What did you love best about The Third Gate?

    This is a good mystery, that kept me guessing. It was a bit scary in some parts too. I really enjoyed it overall.


    What about Johnathan McClain’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you could rename The Third Gate, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't


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    08-29-12
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    "so so"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I liked the story but the narration was very week if it wasnt being a Child book i may have not finshed it.


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

    Scott Brick


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ChildOfAtom New York, NY United States 08-10-12
    ChildOfAtom New York, NY United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Lacking"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lars Laar, Belgium 07-06-12
    Lars Laar, Belgium 07-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Third Gate to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print but I loved to listen to the audio version


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really like ancient artifacts and the story being linked to the first king of egypt made me one to listen to this audiobook


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I have many but they are all spoilers


    If you could take any character from The Third Gate out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Logan, so I could listen to his knowledge of his findings


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first encounter with Lincoln Child and I am going to check out his previous and future work

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Green Cove Springs, FL, USA 06-18-12
    Roger Green Cove Springs, FL, USA 06-18-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Together or Apart-Preston and Child are Brilliant"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    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.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    My son has recently left for the Peace Corps in Uganda. This is a priceless insight into the Sudd.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Child, with or without Preston is a master of dialogue.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I have every Preston, Child, or Preston/Child book in my library. This is in the top five.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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