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)
I like anything to do with Egyptology, archaeology, and the paranormal. So I thought this should be a great mixture of all of it. The promise of a treasure, the suspense leading up to the final destination are very good, but it just a tease!
With the constant twist and turns of the journey and the clock ticking with a flood/dam release imminent.
Nothing. I thought he was alright.
I'd just say there's better fiction out there for Egyptophyles: Try the River God. Excellent.
story line is very weak - suspense is lacking - what a shame
should stay with Douglas and write more together
I read and listen to mostly fiction but within that will try nearly any genre. I found this to be entertaining enough to continue listening, and would probably listen to another book by this author if I was in the mood for this type of story, but nothing particularly memorable. I did not particularly care for this narrator- the voice was the same for most of the characters (though he did have some variability so was better than a few others I've listened to). The voice he used for women always sounded petulant to me, and the main character (a male) often sounded arrogant and cocky, though I think if I had read the book I would not have intrepreted most of his speech in that manner. The character and plot development were just so-so but the superficiality of the characters and story did keep the book quick-moving. I was easily able to figure out 'where things were going' before it was revealed- and usually I'm pretty bad at that. Overall, worth a try if you're looking for a quick read in this genre but if you want something that is thought-provoking I'd keep looking.
Baltimore book lover
The story started out well but lost steam as it went along. The ending was a little too quick and abrupt. The characters are intersting but not very developed. I'm a fan of Lincoln Child and he's written better. However, a mediocre Lincoln Child is still not that bad, it's just not great.
This book just comes across as Mystery Lite. Very predicatable, both in terms of story and character. Too many times the story "jumped the shark" for no reason.
I have always liked the basic premise of Mr. Child's stories. This just isn't followed through well.
It was okay. I don't think the narrator helped or hurt.
Not a chance. Only if it was a low-budget made-for-tv movie on the sci-fi channel or something.
Books are wonderful. When I am sad or feeling down, all I need to do is turn on a book, and I'm in a different world.... Thank you!
Lincoln Child and Preston - Yes
Start off with substance, make it flow.
I picked it because of the Egyptian content....... that was good.
Harry Turtledove fan
Learnt about Egyptian Pharaohs a lot. And how it was Unified.
Beyond that, meh.
Of course. Have tried out various other books.
Brilliant. Made the best effort out of a mediocre story.
50-50 I would say. Could have done better. I had assumed an alien interference, much like Impact.
great suspence story
I enjoyed all the different threads of the story that came together to make such a beautiful weave.
the narration was very easy to listen to.
I enjoyed the surprise after opening the third gate.
I love these stories, there's always a grandiose mission with a magnificent billionare funding some diabolical plot to get at a treasure so hidden in impossible environments that only a floating multi-million dollar hovering science station with a science lab and a chess club and neat stuff like that will make it happen. But then somebody spills the alien blood and all hell breaks loose. Always a good time. The hero usually swims away missing a finger or something, but has the girl on his arm at least and a gold doubloon in his pocket. So fun. I can't wait for the next one.
This book ranks up at the top of my list of fun, interesting to me, books.
Jeremy Logan. He, of course, is who you like all the way through the book.
Yes i did. I love Egypt, pyramids and thrillers.
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