Book Review - The Third Gate by Lincoln Child
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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