The Third Gate

The Third Gate

Large Print - 2012
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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 "double" crown of the two Egypts, supposedly pos?sessed 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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2012, c2011.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780739378359
Characteristics: 418 p. (large print) ; 22 cm.


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Jul 27, 2014

Okay-so it's not going to win any literary prizes - it was a fun read. It held my attention and moved along so that it was not horribly long. Good mind candy for folks who like stuff about ancient Egypt and a little of the supernatural mixed in.

Apr 12, 2014

I'm not sure I'm going to rush out & buy the rest of Child's books, but it was a good read in the midst of a period I've hit where I seem to have already read most of the good books out there, It delivers excitement, historical interest, intrigue, a mummy's curse (besides King Tut), and even it a bit of the supernatural.
My big complaint is that the main character, the "enigmatologist", mainly seems to tag along to important meetings and go "well, hmm" when asked his opinion until the end, when it's too late. I wouldn't have paid his "exorbitantly" high fee, even if I was Paul Allen--excuse me, I mean Porter Stone.

echo3abc Apr 04, 2013

Lincoln Child is one of those authors that fuels the imagination of readers who are fans of Indiana Jones, and similar archeaological based adventure stories. This story doesn't disappoint. Fast paced, and filled with ancient Egyptian legends, it's a mystery, with a supernatural twist, that kept me glued to the pages. I think I read it in two days.

Jan 10, 2013

The Third Gate --- by Lincoln Child. --- WOW!!! This book has it all. Posession. Out of body experiences. Ancient Egyptian tombs. Ancient curses. Sarcophagi .The hostile environment of the African Sudd (that's a huge swamp on the Upper Nile). Hordes of flying, blood sucking insects. About the only thing missing is sex. The story line involves a group of Egyptologists in pursuit of the tomb of an ancient pharaoh. The tomb is found. Curses galore are inscribed on the outside of the tomb, curses that are repeated in a sinister voice when a member of the crew, a woman possessed, literally, by a malevolent spirit claiming to be the tomb’s malevolent inhabitant. And one after another, the curses are borne out. Sorry, but I dare not tell you how this thriller ends. For sure, it deserves being called a mystery novel. And one you can barely put down. I give this novel five stars --- but that's only because these programme won't let me award more.

soblessed59 Dec 06, 2012

Not As Good As I Had Hoped

I had never read a book by this author before,and I was in the mood for an Adventure/Thriller.I got The Third Gate from my library,and I am very happy that I hadn't spent money for it.

It is an ok. read. It did manage to hold my interest until the end,but it starts very slowly,with the action not starting until around pg.93.I was hoping for way more suspense and tension,I suppose,but there is not much of either here.

If you are looking for a book that is gripping and has you on the edge of your seat,sadly this is not it,but it is a suitable timepasser for a rainy/snowy weekend.

I do plan to try another one or two books from this author,because I want adventure books that are not profanity or sex filled.

Nov 13, 2012

An interesting story but no real character development or suspense

Oct 28, 2012

Good read with a slightly puzzling ending.

Sep 17, 2012

A curse hung over the dig for the tomb of Pharaoh Menes who unified the upper and lower Nile Egypt. Child's plot and writing made the complex story a pleasure to read.

Aug 23, 2012

A so-so adventure novel. My biggest problem was I have never had a big desire to read about "Near Death Experiences" which plays heavily into the plot.

sunny143 Aug 15, 2012

An interesting read that reminded me of an old Saturdy matinee from my teen days. A top secret dig going on in the Sudd of Egypt with. Little sabotage and mystery thrown in. Something about the book seems very surface. We don't really know what the characters are thinking and feeling in the various scenarios.

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