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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Not a great story. Good performance.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Learnt about Egyptian Pharaohs a lot. And how it was Unified.
Beyond that, meh.

Would you be willing to try another book from Lincoln Child? Why or why not?

Of course. Have tried out various other books.

What about Johnathan McClain’s performance did you like?

Brilliant. Made the best effort out of a mediocre story.

Was The Third Gate worth the listening time?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

50-50 I would say. Could have done better. I had assumed an alien interference, much like Impact.

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very enjoyable

If you could sum up The Third Gate in three words, what would they be?

great suspence story

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed all the different threads of the story that came together to make such a beautiful weave.

What about Johnathan McClain’s performance did you like?

the narration was very easy to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I enjoyed the surprise after opening the third gate.

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All Hell Breaks Loose again.

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.

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Loved It

Where does The Third Gate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks up at the top of my list of fun, interesting to me, books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jeremy Logan. He, of course, is who you like all the way through the book.

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

Jeremy Logan

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes i did. I love Egypt, pyramids and thrillers.

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Average at Best Mummy Story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really. It was not engaging. The characters were not particularly well drawn. The story was too far fetched.

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

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.

What three words best describe Johnathan McClain’s voice?

His voice was fine. He does not over emote. I like that.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

I looked up Narmer in Wiki. I don't know if Child did more research or less. But his story was not even close.

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Got a bit lost towards the end

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.

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  • Keith
  • JACKSON, MI, United States
  • 08-06-12

This audio book is an interesting listen

Where does The Third Gate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

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  • David
  • ROANOKE, VA, United States
  • 08-06-12

Started out great

and finished pretty strong but it got slow in the middle. I would recommend it though to anyone that likes adventure books.

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Fun, but a bit ridiculous

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes: the channeled ancient Egyptian spirit wouldn’t speak King James English.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

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.

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

None of them really stood out from any other.

Was The Third Gate worth the listening time?

Yes; I enjoyed the story and I don’t regret listening to the book. I won’t listen a second time, though.

Any additional comments?

Child cleverly one-ups Dan Brown by having his “enigmologist” hold down a day job as a history professor.

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Great story but so-so ending

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.