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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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    G Wallace 07-27-12
    G Wallace 07-27-12 Member Since 2010

    I love me some audiobooks

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    "Ancient Treasure, Curses, Ghosts and a Bad Ending"
    Would you try another book from Lincoln Child and/or Johnathan McClain?

    Lincoln Child, Yes.Johnathan McClain, No.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lincoln Child again?

    Possibly


    What about Johnathan McClain’s performance did you like?

    He made me appreciate the nuances of more talented narrators.


    Was The Third Gate worth the listening time?

    Overall, yes. The story had some interesting components that could have been formulated better, but it wasn't that bad. I felt like the story needed a larger context with which to place this story into. All the characters felt too one dimensional.


    Any additional comments?

    It intrigued me that an ancient Egyptian spirit would chose to speak in King James English.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Daphne, AL, USA 07-27-12
    Michael Daphne, AL, USA 07-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "More Research Required"
    What disappointed you about The Third Gate?

    This story is has MANY medical inaccuracies. And I mean the most basic of medical care provided by the paramedics and ER staff. The majority of this takes place in the first chapter and just ruined the whole rest of the story for me. I expected more from Lincoln Child.


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    Amazon Customer 07-24-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Not memorable."

    I finished this recently yet can barely remember the ending. Fun while it lasted, but not memorable.

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    Anna United States 07-24-12
    Anna United States 07-24-12
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    "A Great Laugh!"
    Any additional comments?

    My God! It's a children's book on steroids! This corny and predictable story is filled with an astonishing amount of repeat active and childish phrases. A great laugh when shared with a friend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Canaan, NH, United States 07-23-12
    Andrea Canaan, NH, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Springfield, VA, United States 07-22-12
    Joseph Springfield, VA, United States 07-22-12 Member Since 2013

    SOMETHING! Sorry it was funny when I typed it.

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    "Different From Child"
    What made the experience of listening to The Third Gate the most enjoyable?

    This was a very different book than I expected. Took a little to keep going but it was worth it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really never like to single out one over the rest, they were all good and played off each other well.


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

    I liked McClain very much he kept me interested.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Takes some effort to get through but well worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 07-19-12
    Dean 07-19-12
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    "Good story line"
    Would you try another book from Lincoln Child and/or Johnathan McClain?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Third Gate?

    The description of the Sud


    Would you be willing to try another one of Johnathan McClain’s performances?

    Maybe


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 07-10-12
    Mike 07-10-12
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    "Just the facts, Child."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Hansen Denmark 07-09-12
    J. Hansen Denmark 07-09-12 Member Since 2014

    iwantit

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    "The super natural is quite natural here"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jeanne 07-05-12
    jeanne 07-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Took awhile to get started"
    If you could sum up The Third Gate in three words, what would they be?

    Slow, interesting, educational.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Logan watches and listens, but he's not a strong character.


    What three words best describe Johnathan McClain’s performance?

    He does well with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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