The Third Gate
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This is not one of those adventures that plops you into a conspiracy or conundrum on the very first page, takes off at warp speed, and doesn't give you a moment's rest until the very last page. This is what is known as a 'slow-burner'. The plot gradually builds up, clues and hints are dropped at random points, and the picture develops chapter by chapter until we reach the final thrilling conclusion.
I've read a few of the Pendergast novels Lincoln Child has written with Douglas Preston a...more
I, like many, am a Pendergast fan. That means I am a fan of the Lincoln Child AND Douglas Preston novels. I have enjoyed their individual works just fine (really liked The Codex but I may be alone there) although they're collaborative efforts and truly something else.
The Third Gate felt like a Preston-Child novel at first. A misleading tone.
His day job was a professor of history, but they'd hired him for his other profession: he was an enigmalogist, an investigator of unusual phenomena. He'd uncovered a lot of fakes, but also was rumored to have proven the existence of "Nessie" for the University of Glasgow and gotten a real ghost to vacate an old castle.
Jeremy had been signed...more
Ok, so the premise was right up my alley but the story I found lacking. Mostly... it just didn't seem like there...more
If you like pseudo-science you will love this book. We have an "enigmatologist" which is supposed to be a scholar of the paranormal. The author h...more
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 i
The Third Gate is the latest from Mr.Child on his own. It introduces us to a new character Professor Jeremy Logan and involves the mysteries of near death experiences and Egyptian archaeology. While the book is terrific in its depiction of new...more
Professor Jeremy Logan bills himself as an “Enigmologist” and is quite successful at it in addition to being a professor of Medieval History at Yale. What really drives him is explaining the unexplainable---whether it...more
Porter Stone, an archeologist/explorer who had sponsored many mysterious projects contacted Jeremy Stone a professor and specialist in spirits, posessions, etc. Professor Stone was not a media monger or fake, he truly did investigate curses and the unknown. Stone wanted him to investigate the curse of King Narmer which was Stone's latest dig.
The location of the dig was "the Sudd"; a primordial ooze that was...more
Not a dull book, to be sure, but not a terribly interesting one. The plot is predictable, the pseudoscience is laughable, and the drama is overdone. The main premise surrounding the archaeological discovery is creative, but hastily detailed and poorly explained.
I leave you with two particularly awful quotes that...more
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...more
1. scientific expedition in an 2. exotic location, with 3. danger and 4)an obsessive powerful man in charge, and 5. an outsider who is the voice of reason. Also:6. things keep going wrong.
The expedition is an archaeological dig to recover the tomb of the Pharaoh Narmer who unified upper and lower Egypt. Except it's more of a "suck" than a dig, since they are in the Sudd, a horrendous swamp in Sudan. Bossman is Porter Stone, successful, rich, and very very smart....more
Lincoln Child is one half of the prolific writing duo Preston and Child. (Their recurring protagonist Pendergast is one of my favourites) But each of these authors manges to find time to put out individual books as well.
The Third Gate is Lincoln Child's latest solo offering.
Professor Jeremy Logan refers to himself as an "enigmalogist" - sleuthing out the unexplained that may have real scientific origins or those that are otherworldly. Treasure hunter Porter Stone hires Jeremy to work on his...more
Also the Sudd? In real life it's not a hell on earth. It's a very important, very won...more
"'"Any man who dares enter my tomb...will meet an end certain and swift. Should he pass the first gate, the foundation of his house will be broken, and his seed will fall upon dry land...Should he pass the second gate, darkness will follow him, and he will be chased by the serpent and the jackal...But should any in their temerity pass the third gate, then the black god of the deepest pit will seize him, and his limbs wi...more
What appeared right in front of an entire group of doctors and nurses in the ER was just an illusion you might say. One young woman fatally wounded in an accident died on the table. How can she still be walking around? One doctor would not give up. One doctor after everyone said he needed to call her death refused to give up with every ounce of his fiber to prove they were wrong. A puzzle is a problem that needs to be solved. Another word for puzzle is an enigma. Solving...more
This one held my attention and entertained me. I only wish Child would enlist a decent medical previewer to make these aspects of his writing more believable. I almost didn't make it through the first scene due to some pretty unforgivable errors. It was almost as bad as a line in one of the Pendergast novels when a character's eye was dangling f...more
He is invited by Ethan Rush, a brilliant doctor a self-confessed expert in near-death experiences to look into an ancient tomb disovered in 'The Sudd' a horrible uninhabited swamp that forms part of The Nile that hides a deadly secret.
Not too surprisingly the tomb is cursed, and its a particularly nasty scary curse.
Child combines el...more
Ethan Rush, M.D., volunteers at the local emergency room one weekend a month. This particular weekend finds him waiting for an auto accident, one in which a woman has coded. Upon arrival, Rush discovers the woman is his wife, Jennifer. Refusing to believe she has died, he works on her for over fifteen minutes, eventually bringing her back to life.
Jennifer has changed since her NDE. Ethan starts an institute to study NDEs, yet he senses his wife continues to hold something back. In some ways, she...more
This book by Child reads like a screenplay and/or the first of a series (hopefully). I found Logan, the protagonist, to be an interesting character with some mysterious dep...more
I was pleasantly surprised by this novel!
Yes, there are problems in it. The prologue is sodden with melodrama. The science in the book, at many times, is pretty half-baked. The plot twist at the climax was telegraphed from across the Atlantic. Other minor points exist as well.
But, despite all that, I really enjoyed reading the work. The protag is a fresh departu...more
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Lincoln seemed to have acquired an interest in writing as early as second grade, when he wrote a short story entitled Bumble the Elephant (now believed by scholars to be lost). Along with two dozen shor...more