The Third Gate review

third gate

Goodreads: 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 is the elusive “double” crown of the two Egypts, supposedly pos­sessed of awesome powers. 

The dig itself is located in one of the most forbidding places on earth—the Sudd, a nearly  impassable swamp in north­ern Sudan. Amid the nightmarish, disorienting tangle of mud and dead vegetation, a series of harrowing and inexpli­cable occurrences are causing people on the expedition to fear a centuries- old curse. With a monumental discovery in reach, Professor Jeremy Logan is brought onto the project to investigate. What he finds will raise new questions . . . and alarm. 

In the hands of master storyteller Lincoln Child, The Third Gate breaks new ground and introduces a fascinating new protagonist to the thriller world

Finished this book tonight.  I have decided to write the review now before it has time to percolate in my brain.  Why? Because I had a strong reaction to the ending so might as well go with that initial emotion.

OK, I thoroughly enjoyed the archaeological information in the book – liked how it was written and reasoned in terms anyone could understand rather than technical language that makes my head hurt.  I was a bit disappointed to find that the author had changed some dates and other factual information to enhance his book because then it makes me discard all that I thought I had learned about Egyptian history.  I liked the lead character though not many others.

To think places like the Sud actually exist in this world is amazing to me.  I guess it is so easy to go only by what a person sees on TV when thinking about the natural world – there is so much more! I found that whole area to be very interesting but not a place I would ever want to visit.

Bad things – the book took FOREVER to get moving.  I mean seriously, I was expecting more to do with the curse and more action – so that was disappointing to say the least.  Terminal Freeze seemed to be non-stop action so I guess I assumed this one would be too.  I had guessed the guts of the story by just over the halfway spot – there were other revelations that came but seemed incidental once you guess what is really going on with the tomb.

The book isn’t bad and I obviously liked it enough to get through it in about 24 hours but still, there was the lingering disappointment over the pace and lack of action.  I give the book a B-.


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