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The Third Gate Audiobook

The Third Gate: A Novel

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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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    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 01-01-13
    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 01-01-13
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    "This was simply another great Child read"

    I've been hooked on the Pendergast books since Relic. Preston and Child make one heck of a team but I've started reading some of their individual books and so far I haven't been disappointed. I wonder what a conversation with these guys would be like.

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    JOM 12-18-12
    JOM 12-18-12
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    This book was excellent excellent excellent! I couldn't stop listening. The story and narration were both top notch!

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    Gwendolyn Carpinteria, CA 11-19-12
    Gwendolyn Carpinteria, CA 11-19-12 Member Since 2017

    Wendy

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    "I really want to like this book, but......."
    What did you like best about The Third Gate? What did you like least?

    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!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    With the constant twist and turns of the journey and the clock ticking with a flood/dam release imminent.


    What aspect of Johnathan McClain’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing. I thought he was alright.


    Did The Third Gate inspire you to do anything?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    I'd just say there's better fiction out there for Egyptophyles: Try the River God. Excellent.

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    Joel United States 11-09-12
    Joel United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2010

    flyguy

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    "weak"
    What would have made The Third Gate better?

    story line is very weak - suspense is lacking - what a shame


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lincoln Child again?

    probably


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    monotone


    Any additional comments?

    should stay with Douglas and write more together

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    Emily Brookline, MA, United States 11-01-12
    Emily Brookline, MA, United States 11-01-12
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    "Entertaining but lacks character & plot developmen"

    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.

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    BJG Ellicott City, MD United States 09-17-12
    BJG Ellicott City, MD United States 09-17-12 Listener Since 2008

    Baltimore book lover

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    "Good, not great"

    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.

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    Jim 09-15-12
    Jim 09-15-12
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    "Entertaining, but superficial"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Lincoln Child’s story?

    I have always liked the basic premise of Mr. Child's stories. This just isn't followed through well.


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

    It was okay. I don't think the narrator helped or hurt.


    Could you see The Third Gate being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not a chance. Only if it was a low-budget made-for-tv movie on the sci-fi channel or something.


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    Sabrina Tucson, AZ, United States 09-08-12
    Sabrina Tucson, AZ, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2011

    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!

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    "Didn't Flow..... Too hard to follow"
    Would you try another book from Lincoln Child and/or Johnathan McClain?

    Lincoln Child and Preston - Yes


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

    Start off with substance, make it flow.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too Monotone


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I picked it because of the Egyptian content....... that was good.


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    Kindle Customer 09-06-12 Member Since 2009

    Harry Turtledove fan

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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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    William 09-04-12
    William 09-04-12
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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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