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)
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"Reliable Entertainment for Child Fans"
A talented author in his own right, Lincoln Child is at his best when he is collaborating with Douglas Preston on the Pendergast series. That being said, I enjoy both Preston and Lincoln's independent novels as well.
Most of Child's stand alone stories have a similar flavor and pattern to them. The Third Gate is no exception, and if you are a regular reader you will recognize the general situation the protagonist is put in, and the type of characters he is surrounded by. The fun comes by sitting back, and allowing yourself to be carried along on an enjoyable story.
I hovered between placing the narration rating between a 2 and a 3; it was fine, really, but there were times when it appeared that Mr. McClain didn't know what the next sentence would say; so you end up with situations such as the narrator saying at full volume, ' "It can't be true!" he whispered ' - and then, having finally read the word "whispered", he completed the phrase whispering - ' "how could it happen?"
There were several moments like that, and so it wasn't my favorite reading; but it's not anything that will ruin the story for you.
As mentioned before, the plot line will feel somewhat familiar to those who regularly read Child's work; but that can be a good thing; it means you know what you're getting, and you know you like it. The second half of the book had a fun twist, and all in all I ended feeling entertained. There was one aspect of the book I found baffling, but it was strictly a side note.
I don't anticipate this will be many people's favorite book of all time, but I think fans will generally be satisfied.
"Not as good as expected"
I am a Lincoln Child fan and I really enjoy Child/Preston books. I think Egyptology is interesting. This book starts with all elements necessary for me to really look forward to the listen. Something just went wrong. Johnathan McClain probably needs to preread and make notes before he starts speaking. However; in the places where the story gets good it is good enough that the rest of the negatives are not overwhelming. As the team talks through the issue of the dual crowns, the ancient preoccupation with life/death experiences and process of burial the book shows Lincoln Child's ability to write a good story. As with most things familiar the general tone of the story is comfortable. This is not a book that I would recommend especially for listeners just meeting Lincoln Child.
A good plot for a teenagers' action comic but not a satisfying read for this old chook who loves her mysteries and suspense stories unfold through some intelligent story writing. There was little or no character development and I was quite happy when the ride was over. I think Lincoln should stick to writing books with Douglas who is obviously the one whose in charge of developing the characters in their novels. The narration was average, but I guess it was difficult for the narrator to get excited about reading this book too.
"Not worth the time"
I did make it through the entire audio. Then asked myself why I did. Just not that good. Very cookie cutter. Narrator seemed bored reading it as I was listening to it. I've enjoyed Childs books, was hoping to enjoy this one. The concept could have been good. It is almost like it was written by someone trying to copy Child's style but missing the mark by a mile.
"Was This Abridged?"
The atmosphere of the location never felt fully developed. It is set in a part of Egypt that I had never heard of before. I wanted to feel like I was there. I mostly felt confused with all the colored wings and pontoons. The characters were one-dimensional and not as appealing as those in the novels written with Mr. Preston. While the premise takes on more meaning later on in the story, it still feels like an outline.
The Road to Omaha by Robert Ludlum
Perhaps. I really like Scott Brick and George Guidall
If you have read The Relic, you will be disappointed with this effort.
I don't think this will be a great series. Enigmatist? Is that right? I applaud him for not jumping on the "vampire wagon" to sell a story, but no, it seems better to stick to the scientific aspects of his storytelling rather than the supernatural as a given.
I have listened to most of Lincoln Child's books, as well as the ones he wrote with Douglas Preston. I enjoyed most of them, but I was disappointed with this one. It is okay, but it is not a book I'll listen to again and I probably won't recommend it to others. It just didn't work for me. The narrator was okay.
It was okay; there are certainly worse ways to spend time. The story felt somewhat pedestrian and derivative, Clive Cussler by way of Lincoln Child. Don't get me wrong; it was a fun enough book and I'm not sorry that I spent money and time on it. But if you're looking for The Summer Read of 2012....keep looking.
Uneven. Uninspired. Unwieldy.
I'll re-think reading a book written solely by Lincoln Child. (He's definitely much better when writing with a partner.)
If you want an adventure story that won't tax your brain and if you like to be able to guess what's going to happen next, this is the book for you!
"Would YOU Ignore a Pharaoh???s Curse?"
I???m not superstitious, but I actually wondered if I would ignore the AUTHORITY of a dead ruler...a pharaoh at that. This book met my expectations when I picked it. The characters are intelligent and absolutely audacious. The author does an excellent job at capturing the foreboding of a true Egyptian curse???one that expresses itself through an overpowering dark presence and deadly happenings. The key reason this book works is because the author establishes credibility in regards to the unknown. There is real imagination here. You will listen intently when the characters unearth strange artifacts that seem to defy parts of traditional Egyptology. You???ll BELIEVE it. The banter between the lead characters about ancient Egyptian lore tapped into my childhood fascination???exactly like I hoped it would. There is a Jurassic Park-like feel to this story???.smart characters meddling with something forbidden, while caged in by an exotic location.
Finally, the author brings the quasi-science of the paranormal right alongside a classic, old school, Egyptian excavation. But I will warn you, the book starts a bit slow, but stick with it because the author is surrounding you with details and themes. The ending is intense and sweeping in its finality. I definitely enjoyed this read.
The story was interesting mostly for the info on Egyptian history. My biggest problem was the narrator. He just didn't seem to care about the story at all. No emotion, no attempt to make the characters distinct. Not one of the author's best stories,made worse by the narration.
"A Great Summer Listen"
Child's latest is entertaining, if not up to the high standards set by his best collaborative efforts with Douglas Preston (I thought the two authors explored an archeological mystery far more successfully in Thunderhead) . In The Third Gate, Child takes an interesting mix of subjects ranging from near death experiences and scientific exploration to an ancient curse, sets his story in a typically remote location and spins a well-paced, exciting tale. Fans of books like The Ice Limit, Riptide and Deep Storm should have a good time with this one. I did!
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