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The Third Gate by Lincoln Child
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Sep 14, 2012

bookshelves: read-2012, thrillers, archaeology-fiction
Recommended for: Preston and Child fans, Egyptology/archaeology fiction fans
Read from September 10 to 14, 2012

Familiar Lincoln Child elements:
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. The dig physician is a former ER doc and anaesthesiologist who left medicine to research near death experiences after his wife was brought back after being dead 14 minutes. It turns out that those who have "come back" are much more likely to have enhanced paranormal abilities, and Mrs. Ransome has the highest rating ever. The voice of reason is, oddly enough, a ghost hunter. OK, an "enigmologist," sort of a scientific objective investigator of strange things. And things are going wrong: small things at first, but escalating. Is there sabotage? The jokes about Narmer's curse are sounding less funny.
Child does an excellent job of creating a suffocating swamp atmosphere. You can practically smell the methane. The characters are sort of stock, but the action keeps you turning the pages (or, pushing the play button).

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