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Is death the final frontier?

Venture into new realm with this mystery

By Matthew J. Meyer

For The Free Lance-Star

EXPLORING BOTH dark and light sides of near-death-experience, Lincoln Child’s new novel, “The Third Gate,” is sure to fascinate those with an open mind about life after death  —and a taste for mystery.

Child uses this controversial subject as the linchpin for the novel’s plot about discovering the fabled, long-forgotten tomb of Egypt’s first pharaoh.

The story begins in Connecticut as Yale professor

Dr. Jeremy Logan is recruited for a project by Dr. Ethan Rush, founder of the Center for Transmortality Studies.  Rush remains mysterious about details, but Logan learns the center focuses on analyzing the increased psychic abilities of people who experienced NDE.

For Logan, who has also earned credentials as an enigmologist—one who investigates phenomena that lie outside the normal boundaries of human experience—this lack of clarity is not unusual.  But it is not until he and Rush fly to Egypt that he learns he was actually selected by Porter Stone, a world-famous archaeologist and treasure hunter who admires Logan’s scholarly track record as much as his skills in enigmology.

Stone is looking for the capstone of an already illustrious career by discovering the tomb of the first pharaoh to unite all of Egypt.  The tomb is not located in Egypt itself, but just south of it in a dangerous, primeval swamp called the Sudd.

Stone is known for employing the best practitioners in

all disciplines that may contribute to his discoveries, without regard to what others might consider true science.  He has retained Dr. Rush and his wife, Jennifer, specifically for their expertise in communicating with the souls of the dead.  Jennifer was resuscitated after being clinically dead for over 14 minutes and has psychic powers that are off the charts.

Stone and his highly motivated and exceptionally talented team of Egyptologists, archaeologists, scientists and technologists expect nothing short of complete success.

However when unexplainable equipment failures and sightings of apparitions threaten to snatch certain success from his grasp, Stone turns to Logan to explain the unexplainable.

Can Logan determine the true cause of each phenome-non before disaster overtakes the expedition?

By mixing fact and fiction as well as science and the occult, Lincoln Child once again  has created an offbeat thriller that is both exciting and thought-provoking.

Matthew J. Meyer is a freelance reviewer in Spotsylvania County.


By Lincoln Child

(Doubleday, $25.95, 320 pp.)


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