Regular followers of my blog, and especially those who pay attention to my book reviews, will know that I rather enjoy the novels of Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston (both their individual works and their collaborations). I steer clear of the Agent Pendergast series but their “stand alone” novels can be found peppering my 1000 Books list. Thanks to Amazon, I had been waiting to get my hands on a copy of Child’s latest offering for months before it was released. I was fortunate to get a couple of Chapters gift cards for Christmas and my birthday this year so I eagerly headed over to the Kobo website to see if there was an eBook version (yippee, there was!).
Synopsis from the official Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child website: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.
Truth be told, even though this had been on my wishlist for months, I hadn’t bothered to read what the book was about prior to ordering it other than to make sure it wasn’t a Pendergast story. Once I realized it was about Egyptology though, I put all my other books aside and settled in for a good, long read. I guess you could say (although normally I wouldn’t) that it was fortunate I came down with the flu when I did because it allowed me to whip through this book in a couple of days…
As usual, I was not disappointed. The Third Gate was just the sort of fun romp through an archaeological adventure with a supernatural twist that I needed to begin the New Year. There was your standard mummy’s curse, the promise of unimaginable wealth and fame, and someone claiming to be an “enigmalogist” (yeah, that’s right…try and pronounce that properly) but Child’s writing sweeps you along and before you know it, you feel like you’re part of the excavation team.