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The Pharaoh Key

Narrated by: David W. Collins
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1,440 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Gideon Crew - brilliant scientist, master thief, intrepid adventurer - is shocked when his former employer, Eli Glinn, vanishes without a trace, and Glinn's high-tech lab Effective Engineering Solutions shuts down seemingly overnight.

Fresh off a diagnosis that gives him only months to live, Crew is contacted by one of his former coworkers at EES, Manuel Garza, who has a bead on one final treasure hinted at in EES's final case, the long-awaited translation of a centuries-old stone tablet of a previously undiscovered civilization: The Phaistos Disc.

What lies at the end of the trail will either save Gideon's life - or bring it to a sudden, shocking close. Crew once again faces incredible odds - but as Gideon has proved again and again, there's no such thing as too great a risk when you're living on borrowed time.

©2018 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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I wanted to love it...

The phrase, meah, comes to mind. It was a good enough adventure in the end, but if you're a fan of the Gideon Crew books and the Ice Limit releases specifically, this just falls short. The characters are watercolor versions of their prior representations and I was hard pressed to become invested as a reader. It's worth reading. It's just not a book that brings anything of consequence to the series. In that, I am disappointed.

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  • Patricia
  • Fort Mohave, AZ, United States
  • 06-14-18

Don’t waste a credit!

What a huge disappointment. I am a huge Preston/Child fan and cannot believe they would serve this up to their readers. Terrible plot, content and ending.

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  • Cliff
  • South Carolina
  • 06-14-18

Disappointed

I feel like I just finished watching a Saturday morning cartoon, very poor effort by two very good authors.

32 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Fell asleep; didn’t miss anything

This was...not good. I am a big Preston/Child fan, but this didn’t just miss the mark, it wasn’t even in the right ballpark. The characters didn’t make sense; I could tell the female protagonist wasn’t what she seemed from the beginning, and it’s ridiculous the men wouldn’t think the same. But the worst part was I fell asleep while listening to it, missed a couple of hours, but just didn’t care enough to go back and listen to them. I was able to figure out what happened just by listening to the last half hour or so. If you’ve listened to all of the Gideon Crew books, you may feel compelled to listen to this one, as I was, but try to resist the compulsion.

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Weak attempt to bring closure to this series

Overall the Gideon Crew series has been another masterpiece for Preston & Child in character development and creative plots. Unfortunately, this edition may be their weakest. They come across as trying too hard to end the series instead of using the strengths of the series to tell a compelling story.

A word to authors, Crew has became my favorite character surpassing Pendergast. Both characters have the ability to see things that others do not. Pendergast approaches situations with refinement and a Sherlock like interpretation of details. Crew exhibits a human, if not reckless with a plan, handling of situations to manipulate them to successful outcomes. While Pendergast might leave you in awe and aloft, Crew draws you into his adventures and life. I certainly hope that Preston & Child continue the keep Crew around.

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so so

I don't feel like they were up to par on this story kinda feel cheAted

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Jumped the Shark

With this book my fear (started after the last two Pendergast books) that Doug and Linc have jumped the shark are confirmed.

To be clear I am a long term raging fan of Doug and Linc. It will be sometime before I pick up another of their new novels...I have already read all the others...

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ugh

Boring, predictable and just plain bad. I barely made it to the end. no thanks

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Disappointing

I have 600+ books in my Audible library, this is the third book I am commenting on and the first one I ever gave a really dire rating.
Lame plot, compete change in characters, so many logic mistakes I stopped counting, changing moral values all the time (ok that effects reality, still I don't like it)

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Did Preston and Child really write this?

Preston and Child have written many books that are wonderful in their adventure and unpredictable. I can't wait until a new Pendergast or Gideon Crew novel is released. Unfortunately, this was not written to their usual caliber. I question if it was, in fact, written by this duo or written by a rank amateur.

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