The Third Gate (Jeremy Logan)

by Lincoln Child

Hardcover, 2012



Call number

PS3553.H4839 T48


Doubleday (2012), Edition: 1st, 320 pages


Believing he has discovered the burial chamber of a near-mythical Egyptian pharaoh and a mystical double crown, famed archaeologist Porter Stone and his team suffer bizarre accidents that Professor Jeremy Logan is brought in to investigate.

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LibraryThing member mckait
As I read the first page, I knew that I wouldn't be setting
this one aside any time soon. Jeremy Logan is an enigmalogist,
as well as a professor of Medieval history. What is an enigmalogist
you ask? It happens to be the name he gave to what he does in relation
to studying the bizarre, the seemingly unexplainable, the creepy, spooky
and very unusual. He was a lonely man who traveled the world to help in
places experiencing the strange and sometimes paranormal phenomena that
he felt at home with. It all started when he was a child. That is when he
learned that he was an empath. Soon after he realized that he had the ability
to feel what others felt, even before he knew what it was called or what it
would mean to him, a trip to a museum set him on a career path to study history.
He understood that in history would lie the answers.

A well known archeologist who had become known as a treasure
hunter, due to his great success found himself in need of Logan's talents.
Hiring Logan was one thing, but he had also hired Rush. A researcher of NDE's.
Near death experiences, archeology and and an enigmalogist. What exactly were
they looking for? And, what will happen if they find it?
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LibraryThing member Jarratt
"The Third Gate" is not Lincoln Child's best book, nor is it his worst (that's "Terminal Freeze"). The setting (a swampy, remote part of Africa along the Nile River) and the theme (archaeology, Egyptology, pharaohs, tombs, curses, etc.) were far more interesting than the characters.

The two main protagonists, an "enigmalogist" named Jeremy Logan and a former doctor, Ethan Rush, are a part of a elite group whose job is to locate the tomb of Egypt's first king, Narmer. Logan's there because odd, inexpiable things are happening at the site and people are attributing it to the tomb curse. Rush is involved in part because he's a medical professional, but specifically because he runs a center that explores NDEs (near death experiences). This is because his wife, who's also at the site, was in a car accident years ago and had an NDE. As a result, she seems to be able to communicate with people from beyond the grave. The hope is that she and her husband, along with Logan, can help determine what creedence there is, if any, to the curse.

Logan could have been a much more interesting character, except that we really don't get to see him do anything special. We learn that he was involved in researching various strange occurrences and myths (like Loch Ness), but don't get to see any of it. Other than getting a "flash" of someone's life when he touches them, it's hard to be convinced that he's not just a nut job or crafty con man.

The site of the story is in an ancient swamp on the Nile called the Sudd. The technology and engineering used to access the tomb (40-odd feet below the surface of the swamp) are very cool. But about halfway through the book, the whole story kind of goes flat. It's pretty predicable and most of the characters are so underdeveloped that what happens to them isn't of huge concern. In other words, you're really not heartily cheering for or against anyone.

If you can get "The Third Gate" from the library or cheaply from a used book store, you won't be disappointed. It's a fun read and a unique location. But it won't stay with you for any amount of time after finishing it.
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LibraryThing member dementomstie
I thought this book had a lot more potential than it showed by the end. It started out really interesting, and it hinted at really interesting adventures that the main character had had in the past, but it didn't stand up to the usually high quality thriller novel I have come to expect from Lincoln Child.
I think that there weren't enough examples of people experiencing the curses, or the events that seemed similar to Life After Death experiences. Those are heavily pushed in the jacket cover and I don't think they really did a good job of actually showing up in the narrative. Some of the events are completely unexplained, even after the book has ended, some things are left up to speculation and some are explained, but are so mundane that they almost don't need the explanation. Other things are just accepted as true, or not well explained. For instance the "Near Death Experience" that is pretty central to the novel isn't really well explained as to what is a "normal" or "abnormal" experience until very late in the book.

I might give the main character another try in another novel, but I'd want to see more of a supernatural experience before it's completely explained. Give the readers a thrill and then explain why that is the way it is, not just say that it just is and move on.
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LibraryThing member RavenswoodPublishing
Book Title: "The Third Gate”
Author: Lincoln Child
Published By: Doubleday
Age Recommended: 18+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: Excavation, archaeology, and a whole lot of creepy happenings. This story is part supernatural, part science fiction. I enjoyed this book immensely and I’ve never truly been much of a fan of books based on archaeology and curses before. I do believe that Lincoln Child has made me rethink books of this type. I will be seeking out other reads from this author!
If you like stories of this kind you are in for a real treat, others like me that haven’t had a passion for it in the past, read this novel and have your faith restored!
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LibraryThing member Twink
Lincoln Child is one half of the prolific writing duo Preston and Child. (Their recurring protagonist Pendergast is one of my favourites) But each of these authors manges to find time to put out individual books as well.

The Third Gate is Lincoln Child's latest solo offering.

Professor Jeremy Logan refers to himself as an "enigmalogist" - sleuthing out the unexplained that may have real scientific origins or those that are otherworldly. Treasure hunter Porter Stone hires Jeremy to work on his latest project. Porter believes that there is a priceless Egyptian artifact hidden in the depths of the seemingly impenetrable swamp that is the Sudd. But his floating archaeological base has been beset by problems and anomalies - some that can't be explained away. Could it be the curse of the Egyptian King Narmer whose burial place they are digging up? And what of the wife of the site's doctor? She claims to be able to channel those long dead. Is it a scam or is it the real thing? Is the past coming to haunt the present? Can Jeremy ferret out the truth?

Logan was a likable character, calm, thoughtful and intelligent. Had he been an excitable over the top protagonist, the storyline just wouldn't have worked. I hope that Child has future plans for Jeremy - I can see him exploring more of the unexplained.

This is the kind of book that Child excels at - pure unadulterated, escapist, entertainment reading. Mummies, curses, treasure, science and supernatural - if you're happy to suspend disbelief and just enjoy an adventurous tale full of what ifs, than this is the perfect summer read for you. (along with a bag of chips) Fans of the Indiana Jones types of novel would enjoy this book.

(Take note that Child has fiddled with some of the Egyptology - in his afterword he notes that some dates and rites have been changed to fit the story and are not necessarily fact)
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LibraryThing member labdaddy4
Only fair - he has done much better. I thought the book was very bland and predictable
LibraryThing member BrianEWilliams
This is an atmospheric adventure story about the search for the tomb of an early Egyptian king -- it's like a lost treasure hunt. The story builds slowly to an exciting finish, with a few surprises along the way.
LibraryThing member burnit99
A decently tense suspense thriller by Lincoln Child, co-writer of the Pendergast suspense novels (a favorite suspense series of mine), in which an enigmalogist is hired to investigate strange happenings and accidents at the site of an archaeological research site in the Sudd, an immense and ancient swamp south of the Egyptian border. The goal of the archaeologists is to find the submerged tomb of King Narmer, Egypt's first legendary pharaoh. Lincoln Child deftly walks a tightrope between modern technology and ancient mysteries. A fun and historically intriguing summer read.… (more)
LibraryThing member jeanfeldeisen
One really scary and exciting book. Set in Egypt and involving a Pharaoh's curse, this book was my introduction to Mr Childs and set off quite a reaction in hunting for more.
LibraryThing member cmeilink
An interesting story combining archaeology and the paranormal. Although I noticed some of the reviewers were less than satisfied with this book, I found it good enough to hold my attention and keep me reading.

A tomb buried beneath the swamp-like Sudd presents new challenges in unearthing the mysteries of the tomb believed to be that of King Narmer, ruler of upper and lower Egypt. The location together with the curse placed upon the tomb, made a dangerous expedition even more so.

With a group of archaeologists, paranormal experts, and a woman who had a NDE and could connect with the other side, I found it a rather nice departure from the usual books I've read in this genre.
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LibraryThing member ct.bergeron
Interesting novel that mix the history, archeology and also a little bit of supernatural. Fast pace like most of Child's novel, entertaining to the end, a good and easy read.
LibraryThing member icadams
I devoured this book in a single sitting, and when I finished, it left me wanting more. I have been a fan of Lincoln Child for many years, I have enjoyed his solo writings along with the books that he co-authors with Douglas Preston, and The Third Gate does not disappoint. In fact, my only real complaint is that the book isn't twice as long so I can read some more.… (more)
LibraryThing member everfresh1
The premise - discovering the tomb with some mighty secret inside - is far from original. It seems I read quite a few books based on this theme. However, the novel still makes for an interesting read with interesting characters and fast and easy plot.
LibraryThing member repb
An oddly unsatisfying story. Some nonsense about a famous Pharaoh tomb's search in the Nile. I did finish, but forced myself to.
LibraryThing member RGazala
With a stunning series of monumental discoveries already on his glittering resume', internationally renown archaeologist Porter Stone aims his ambitions at unearthing the lost tomb of ancient Egypt's legendary god-king Narmer -- the pharaoh who in 3100 B.C. was the first ruler to unite upper and lower Egypt. Combining his characteristic meticulous attention to sparse historical detail with deployment of cutting-edge technologies and an army of well-paid specialists, Stone believes he has located Narmer's tomb in the brutal depths of the treacherous quasi-swampland called the Sudd, near Egypt's desolate southern border. But the closer Stone's team comes to the fabled crypt, the more the dig becomes besieged with strange and menacing mishaps, many of them insusceptible to other than paranormal explanations. With scores of lives and invaluable treasures at stake, Stone reaches out to Jeremy Logan, a Yale history professor whose reputation for researching the bizarre and paranormal has earned him the label of an "enigmalogist." By the time Logan joins Stone's team at the remote Sudd, fear and panic are palpable in Stone's floating headquarters, with jittery whispers about disembodied voices, hoary specters, and ancient curses murmuring throughout the beleaguered facility. As Stone locates and cautiously breaches the successive gates to Narmer's tomb, Logan wonders if the uncanny words of a mesmerized team member, a woman who is the survivor of the longest recorded near-death-experience, hold the key to stopping the deadly events plaguing the project before the excavation's doom turns inescapable.

Author Lincoln Child is unquestionably at the top of his game in "The Third Gate." This well-written, expertly-paced thriller is relentlessly intelligent and entertaining. Long-time Lincoln Child fans will be more than satisfied with this novel, and thriller fans who've not yet introduced themselves to Child's writing are in for a real treat. Very highly recommended. Read it.
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LibraryThing member brendajanefrank
You need popcorn with this adventure thriller. I loved it! Lincoln Child provides it all: ancient Egyptian history; curses of the entombed Egyptian King threatening the archeologists/grave robbers; danger from the vast, black, putrid swamp called the Sudd formed by the White Nile, enveloping the ancient tomb of the Pharaoh; a beautiful woman, possessed by a mysterious spirit; the sensitive, intelligent scientist who saves the lady researcher; the evil scientist; paranormal activity; surprise discoveries; and treasure with gold and rare gems. "The Third Gate" is a real page-turner, and Lincoln Child is a master suspense writer. Clear the decks before starting this novel. Chapters leave you hanging, compelling you to read on. You have the flavor of this treat. I'll leave the details for you to discover.… (more)
LibraryThing member dsdmd
This was a good book. It wasn't a great book. Several reviewers have already described the story so I won't repeat that. While there was action and intrigue and paranormal activity, I would have liked this book to move a little faster. I enjoyed the Egyptian and archaeological aspects. I enjoyed the paranormal aspects. But they were just too limited and undeveloped to make it a really good book. In spite of that it was still entertaining and had enough body to keep me reading to the end.… (more)
LibraryThing member egrant5329
These books are always a fun read. They aren’t meant to be anything more than entertainment. I use them for filler while I’m looking for a more impactful book. Read and enjoy!
LibraryThing member JeffV
Lincoln Child's The Third Gate reads like a sequel to the Mummy movie series. An archeological dig in the Sud attempts to locate the true burial chamber of Egypt's first pharaoh. Locating the tomb by following the trail of bones -- the tomb builders, the priests, and the soldiers -- it is finally located. Of course, what Egyptian tomb isn't booby-trapped/cursed?

Complicating the story is an event that happens at the start of the book. An anesthesiologist working ER duty finds himself trying to save his own wife. Dead for a record 14 minutes she is brought back, and thus begins a parallel story about those with near-death experiences. The doctor himself quits his profession to start an institute dedicated to researching this bullshit. He attracts the attention of the archeological expedition and is hired as the team doctor. Of course, his wife comes along.

It seems being dead 14 minutes is enough time for another soul to inhabit one's body. In this case, it was the pharaoh's queen, who probably killed her dear husband. Thus the prophesized curses have a little help in coming true.

I like the setting, but there was too much implausible mysticism for my taste.
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LibraryThing member monica67
This promised to be a fascinating story, but I couldn't make it past a few chapters. Part of the blame rests with the narrator who seemed half asleep and seemed to reduce the tension and interest in the story. Aside from the mediocre reading, the dialogue was feeble, the pace excruciating, and it was becoming too predictable already. Too bad, I kind of wanted to find out what was down there. And yet, I think I had it figured out already. Two stars for the story potential.… (more)
LibraryThing member gecizzle
Interesting book. It was quite a page-turner. Mostly because I didn't understand a word of it, so I kept hoping for some answers. The answers revealed themselves, slowly throughout the book. It kept me wanting more.
LibraryThing member treehousereader
DESCRIPTION, NOT REVIEW: 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.
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LibraryThing member skraft001
A fairly enjoyable read even if it did have some major flaws. It had a Dirk Pitt type of pacing when it came to the archeological aspect of the tomb -- months compressed down to mere hours. Can't suspend belief that Dr. Marsh would have desecrated the mummy not knowing for sure what artifacts there would be. If he needed money, why not pocket a handful or two of the gemstones?? The whole possession of Jen Rush was stupid. Why would the medical person abandon her post? Hair appointment, yet the station was so otherwise quiet that she can walk around un-noticed? This possessed spirit know how to operate a keycard and knows the valves to open to cause the explosion?? Really dumb.

There were a couple historical facts learned. Had not heard of the Sudd before, so learned of it. Also learned of two crowns of Egypt. Maybe not factually plausible, but I bought into the queen taking the place of Narmer; so credit the author with spinning a good tale from that aspect.
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LibraryThing member SpiritedTruthSeeker
great read... as usual...
LibraryThing member Carol420
An astonishing discovery of Egyptian antiquity and a remote expedition plagued by enormous disasters from the very beginning. Despite repeated warning from the ancient dead they dared to breech the third gate.


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