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An exciting page-turner with a bit of a limp.

  • Jun 22, 2012
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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 (the Sudd, a swamp in Africa that really exists) kept me reading when I may have otherwise chosen not to continue.

As with all thriller-type books, suspension of disbelief is most definitely required. I can't talk about some of the worst "convenient circumstances" without giving away the climactic scene, but suffice it to say that if you are a fan of the original Star Trek, you will know what I mean when I say that things don't bode much better for the red shirts here than they did there.

It is not often that you see high-level vocabulary in a mystery/thriller, but you do in this one. I actually enjoy the opportunity to learn new words, as long as it isn't done in an obnoxious way. In The Third Gate, it was only every few pages or chapters so I didn't find it overdone.

I loved that the book was made up of short chapters. I primarily read at bedtime, and I hate stopping in the middle of a page or chapter in books with long chapters. This book was great both as a bedtime read and as a beach read, because the short chapters made it easy to find a stopping point.

Finally, while the climactic scene toward the end is quite (perhaps too?) spectactular and exciting, I found the denouement--the final outcome of that scene--to be a bit of a letdown. Not enough to ruin an otherwise enjoyable book, but enough to warrant 4 vs. 5 stars in my opinion.
An exciting page-turner with a bit of a limp.

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July 14, 2012
Excellent Review!
July 17, 2012
Thank you very much!
July 17, 2012
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review by . December 28, 2012
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review by . June 17, 2012
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 …
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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