When it comes to adventure novels, you have me at one word: Egypt. An eccentric (is there any other kind?) billionaire heads an expedition to Egypt to uncover THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIND OF THE MILLENNIUM. The group includes a feisty Egyptologist, a greedy and vain and famous archaeologist, a physician obsessed with near-death experiences and his survivor-of-one wife, and our hero Jeremy Logan, an enigmalogist. Who wouldn't want that job?!? His last mission had been investigating the Loch Ness Monster - no lie! Anyway, guess what? As they're doing their excavating in the deadly swamp the Sudd, they discover that there's a CURSE ON THE MUMMY'S TOMB! I wasn't even there and I could have told them that! For goodness' sake, there's always a CURSE ON THE MUMMY'S TOMB! There's a lot of unexplainable phenomena, disembodied voices, mysterious lights, and then people start dropping like flies in gruesome ways. So cool!
My oh my, I love summer when my brain takes a vacation! This was great and way better than Child's last outings with Douglas Preston. Read it and have a blast!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An interesting story but no real character development or suspense
Good read with a slightly puzzling ending.
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.
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.
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