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Don't mess with my mummy!

  • Jun 17, 2012
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So what do you get when you take a rich archeologist and plenty of technology, and mix it with a search for an Egyptian tomb complete with an ancient curse? You get Lincoln Child with his novel The Third Gate. You also get a novel that has plenty of tense moments, paranormal activity, and a sense of wonder when it comes to imagining things not yet discovered or still buried after thousands of years. This was not a novel that I found easy to put down...

The main twist that makes this something more than a typical "Indiana Jones" story is the setting and location of the tomb. As you find out early on, the tomb is not in a readily-accessible location, and Child uses money and technology to get the storyline to work properly. You need to let your imagination loose a bit to believe that all the issues can be overcome in a very short period of time, but that's what an adventure story is all about. Once the tomb is opened and the exploration starts, Child's descriptions and dialogue kept pushing me to read "just a couple more pages" in order to find out what treasures would be found and what they all meant in terms of Egyptian history as well as how the curse might play out. And play out it does...

The only part of the story I had issues with was the final scene. I'll avoid saying much as it would end up being a spoiler. In short, I felt that given the description and composition of the swamp, the final sequence pushed the bounds of believability a bit *too* far. Still, it's a fun read.

The Third Gate is one of those books that you'll grab when you want an adventure and an escape from reality for a few hours. You could pick it apart if you want to be a critic, but if you simply want a fun read, this works.

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review by . December 28, 2012
The idea of the "paranormal" or the "woo-woo" element is strikingly popular these days. If such books bother you, or you find them offensive, The Third Gate by Lincoln Child is not for you. The paranormal as well as the idea of near death experiences play a major role in this novel.    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---whethe …
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review by . June 22, 2012
An exciting page-turner with a bit of a limp.
If you are a fan of stories about Egyptology, mummy's tombs or curses, you will definitely enjoy The Third Gate by Lincoln Child. Even if you aren't a fan of those things (and I am not really), it is still an exciting, fast-paced mystery/adventure that I think almost everyone could enjoy.      I am very sensitive to supernatural elements and am not a fan of the horror genre, and this book leaned that way from time to time; however, the strong writing and exotic location …
review by . May 16, 2012
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“Lincoln Child’s novels are thrilling and tantalizing.” 
 —Vince Flynn

"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
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