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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385531389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385531382
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (537 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Lincoln Child’s novels are thrilling and tantalizing.” 
 —Vince Flynn

"By mixing fact and fiction as well as science and the occult, Lincoln Child once again has created an offbeat thriller that is both exciting and thoughtprovoking."
--The Free Lance-Star

"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 (starred review)

"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 

"Its characters are well drawn, and the mystery is nicely handled, keeping readers guessing as to whether something supernatural is going on here. Of the author’s solo novels, this could be the best so far."
--Booklist

About the Author

LINCOLN CHILD is the New York Times best-selling author of Terminal Freeze, Deep Storm, Death Match, and Utopia, as well as coauthor, with Douglas Preston, of numerous New York Times best sellers, most recently Fever Dream. He lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.

More About the Author

Lincoln Child is the co-author, with Douglas Preston, of a number of bestselling thrillers including Relic, Riptide and The Ice Limit. Utopia is Lincoln Child's first solo novel: he is currently at work on his second. He lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.

Customer Reviews

The story is well paced and the characters are well developed.
Thomas Mihalek
I thought there were no intriguing characters, the plot was not really credible, and there were too many unresolved plot lines.
Don Trease
I've been a Lincoln Child (and Douglas Preston) fan forever and this one was great.
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90 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Tassotto VINE VOICE on April 29, 2012
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This is a typical adventure thriller with paranormal overtones, in other words "Indiana Jones - Light". In place of Indiana Jones we have Jeremy Logan, a professor of history who specializes in enigmas (the bizarre, weird things that most of us refer to as paranormal). Logan has been asked to join an expedition lead by a reclusive millionaire, Porter Stone, who has a reputation for remarkable finds. This time Stone has gone in search of the tomb of the Pharaoh who united Upper and Lower Egypt 5000 years ago. The tomb site is not located along the banks of the Nile but instead in the Sudd, the vast swamp that lies to the south of Egypt. The expedition is large, filled with experts in all fields, including the leading authority in near death experiences and his wife who has her own unique abilities. The expedition headquarters is located in the midst of a nearly impenetrable swamp, cut off from almost all outside contact when, of course odd things begin to happen just as they nearly achieve their goal.

This is not a bad story, just a familiar one. We have met all of the characters before, the hero who has arcane knowledge, the mysterious millionaire on a quest, the doctor who has a deep, dark secret and a vulnerable woman. We have also been to the isolated scientific outpost before, seen the increasingly disturbing events that finally cannot be ignored any longer. It is all standard fare in books or movies or tv shows, sometimes done quite well and resulting in a riveting tale, and other times done so badly they become inadvertent comedies. This one is pretty much middle of the road - the premise is good, the characters are reasonably believable but it does have some flaws. The site of the isolated base is inaccessible except when it is not.
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71 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Haze Blackmon VINE VOICE on April 26, 2012
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I read it in 3 sittings over a 24 hour period. Yeah, it's really good. Very absorbing, engrossing, and even terrifying. Actually, left me a bit breathless and really gripping the book tight with the last half waiting to find out what would happen next, which few novels really do for me. It may be Lincoln Child's best solo effort, yet. I didn't care for Terminal as much as this one. It was alright. Probably my favorite of his solo efforts before this one was Deep Storm(really good) followed by Utopia. With The Third Gate, Child moves into James Rollins/Clive Cussler territory. To an extent. This is a treasure hunt novel of sorts, but much more than that.

With out giving too much away, here is the the basic plot: Treaure hunter Porter Stone discovers the tomb of Narmer(just beyond the border of Egypt in the wasteland of the Sudd), the pharaoh king who united upper and lower Egypt 5000 years ago. Discovers that it has a nasty curse written on it. Not long after this discovery, the site and it's workers(archaeologists, scientists, etc.) begin experiencing strange, inexplicable events(equipment dies on them, supplies vanish, etc.). So, Stone enlists the help of a famous enigmologist(he's actually a Yale history professor, but is labeled an enigmologist b/c he deals in the supernatural), Jeremy Logan, to help understand if these are possibly supernatural events at work. What will Logan find? Will it raise more questions than answers? Is there a curse on the tomb of King Narmer? Or is it something else.... something more... Read it and find out.

The Third Gate is very well researched, as I expected. The character development is very good all around, but Jeremy Logan is the stand out character of this novel. He is very fascinating and I would love to see more of him in a sequel...
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59 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tunis TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 18, 2012
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Before I write another word, I just want to tell you that this book was fun. Is it capital "L" literature? No, but it's well-written, pulpy fun. Gosh, I wish there were more books like this. Now, on to the story...

After a brief, expository prologue, we meet Dr. Jeremy Logan, enigmalogist. When asked what it is he does, exactly, he answers, "More or less what it sounds like. I investigate phenomena that lie outside the normal bounds of human existence." Apparently, that encompasses proving the existence of the Loch Ness Monster and dealing with the occasional poltergeist. For his latest job, he's been hired by Dr. Ethan Rush of CTS--the Center for Transmortality Studies. After his wife's NDE--near death experience--the former anesthesiologist dedicated his life to the study of the phenomena. But Logan wasn't hired on behalf of CTS. There's another employer. Rush is a go-between in the employ of a very well-known man.

With few questions asked, Logan allows himself to be flown across the planet. They land in Egypt, where he has always wanted to work, but he is told, "I hate to disappoint you, Dr. Logan, but actually, it's nothing quite as straightforward as Egypt." It never is. Their eventual destination is the Sudd. This place is real, but I'd never heard of it before. Child quotes Alan Moorehead's non-fiction book The White Nile at length. It states, in part, "There is no more formidable swamp in the world than the Sudd." This place is an amazing setting for an archeological thriller--or any thriller for that matter--and that's even before they go diving in the mud!

I don't want to be much more specific about the plot of this novel. A big part of the entertainment is letting the revelations come in their own time.
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