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 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.
Not really. It was not engaging. The characters were not particularly well drawn. The story was too far fetched.
The basic idea of engaging an 'enigmologist' to deal with a mummy's curse is interesting. The idea that people who have had near death experiences are closer to the spirit world and therefore more susceptible to being possessed is okay. I did not think he pulled those things together very well. The story just had holes.
His voice was fine. He does not over emote. I like that.
I looked up Narmer in Wiki. I don't know if Child did more research or less. But his story was not even close.
I was interested in the story based on the archaeological and egyptology topic. It held my interest very well at first but eventually I found myself losing my focus of concentration, perhaps getting a bit tired of the story.
It is by far not the best novel that Lincoln Child has been associated with. But it was enjoyable and I felt that I got my money worth.
I listen to approximately 25 hours per week and have downloaded over 400 books on Audible. Mostly I like mysteries, fantasy and scifi.
and finished pretty strong but it got slow in the middle. I would recommend it though to anyone that likes adventure books.
Yes: the channeled ancient Egyptian spirit wouldn’t speak King James English.
See above. Also, the whole business with the extended near-death experience was rather odd theologically. The story doesn’t seem to reflect a coherent cosmology.
None of them really stood out from any other.
Yes; I enjoyed the story and I don’t regret listening to the book. I won’t listen a second time, though.
Child cleverly one-ups Dan Brown by having his “enigmologist” hold down a day job as a history professor.
I love Lincoln Child and Egyptology so I was excited about this listen. The narration was very good and the background history and story buildup were great but the ending was only so-so, so I can only rate it 4 out of 5. I'd still recommend it for any Lincoln Child fans and/or anyone interested in Ancient Egypt and modern archeology.
While I thought the story was just ok, I thoroughly enjoyed the storytelling by Mr. Johnathan McClain. The characters in this story were a bit thin, and I was disappointed that as the reader, I was able to solve the mysteries within the action long before the characters did. Each of the characters is considered the expert in their field and I was expecting that would deepen the mysteries and creative solutions within the story. While I appreciated the overall tale, my favorite aspect was the performance by Johnathan McClain. He voice is easy on the ears, and I was impressed with his ability to distinguish the characters without putting on "character voices" that often distract from listening experience. He did a superb job in narrating the story and bringing to life the setting and character's within. I will certainly listen to more Lincoln Child's books, or any author’s books wherein Mr. McClain is handling the narration.
The basic underlying plot was a bit hokey. Yet this author always delivers good characters, a smooth and entertaining narrative. Found the setting interesting but just felt the storyline was too contrived and fell short of the author's usual standards. This may insult some people's intelligence.
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