All Giza Pyramids in one shot. Русский: Все пирамиды Гизы на изображении. Español: Las Pirámides de Guiza (Egipto). Français : Les Pyramides de Gizeh (Egypte). Català: Les Piràmides de Giza, a Egipte. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Third Gate is a thriller – my favorite genre – set in Egypt in the middle of nowhere, a place called the Sudd in the Nile. That’s right – in the Nile. An obsessed researcher has funded an expedition to find the tomb of Egypt’s first pharoah.
On board this floating research center are the best scientists and technicians money can buy. Of course, there are the requisite personality quirks and conflicting goals. All appear to want what the boss wants, but we learn that isn’t the case. Of course not; there would be no story otherwise, right?
Is the ongoing odd occurrences sabotage, or the Curse of Narmer?
Jeremy Stone, our protagonist, is on the scene to figure out what’s behind it all. He is an enigmologist, an expert in the paranormal and supernatural. In spite of his job, he is thankfully not woo-woo as you’d expect.
As when reading all thrillers, I deconstructed it mentally. I noted Child’s choice of one-syllable punchy words and names for threats – the Maw, the Sudd. Sections of the floating facility are divided according to function, with punchy , no-nonsense names like White, Red, Green, Blue, etc. The enigmas surrounding this tomb relative to “typical” Egyptian tombs make the reader wonder just what is going on here. Child teases the reader with precursors; things just aren’t right.
I must mention (maybe I’m getting old) that I appreciate the lack of sexual situations in the novel. Far too many novelists rely on them to hook the reader and keep him/her glued to the story.
A very good read. I give it FOUR STARS out of five. It didn’t keep me up at night. I think Child could have played up the isolation more. The reader and characters know they’re in the middle of nowhere. Too bad there wasn’t a character or two who were really spooked about it.
THAT might mave kept me up at night.