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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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    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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    Irina M. Flowers Newport News, VA 07-05-12
    Irina M. Flowers Newport News, VA 07-05-12 Member Since 2011

    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 07-01-12
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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 2014
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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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