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The Third Gate: A Novel (Random House Large Print) Paperback – Large Print, June 12, 2012
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"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."
"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."
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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...Read more ›
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Very scary but not so much that I, who spook easily, was able to enjoy itPublished 2 days ago by Annette L Kendall
This book requires a great deal of suspension of disbelieve, but is an adventure that is hard to put down.Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
I read it, but it seemed a bit like the first book one would write.Published 6 days ago by Karen Cottrell
We got this as an audio and we couldn't wait to continue listening to it. We will purchase more from this writer.Published 6 days ago by Dottie
This book held my attention throughout, and kept me up late at night to find out what was going to happen. It's worth getting!!Published 10 days ago by Eric J. Weaver