By Lincoln Child

Lower than the course of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological workforce is secretly trying to find the tomb of an historical pharaoh who used to be in contrast to the other in background. Stone believes he has stumbled on the burial chamber of King Narmer, the close to legendary god- king who united top and decrease Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has cause to think that the best prize of all—Narmer’s crown—might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been found, and Narmer’s is the elusive “double” crown of the 2 Egypts, supposedly pos­sessed of outstanding powers.

The dig itself is found in a single of the main forbidding areas on earth—the Sudd, an almost  impassable swamp in north­ern Sudan. Amid the nightmarish, disorienting tangle of dust and lifeless crops, a sequence of harrowing and inexpli­cable occurrences are inflicting humans at the excursion to worry a centuries- previous curse. With a enormous discovery in succeed in, Professor Jeremy Logan is introduced onto the venture to enquire. What he reveals will elevate new questions . . . and alarm.

In the arms of grasp storyteller Lincoln baby, The 3rd Gate breaks new flooring and introduces a desirable new protagonist to the mystery global.

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Convinced. yet it’s been altered, defaced by some means. ” Slowly, the crowd started to gravitate towards the rear wall. Their flashlight beams performed over its floor: one other face of polished granite, the slabs mortared in position. back, the necropolis seal and the royal seal have been either intact, untouched. in contrast to the 1st doorway, in spite of the fact that, this one used to be defined in what looked to be sturdy gold. “The moment gate,” acknowledged March virtually reverentially. They stared at it for a second ahead of Stone broke the silence. “We’ll go back to the Station, examine our findings. We’ll have an engineering staff come all the way down to study this chamber, confirm it’s structurally sound. And then”—he paused, his voice trembling ever so slightly—“we’ll continue. ” 35 The environment regarded an analogous: an identical dimly lit lab, with its unmarried mattress and array of clinical instrumentation. there has been an identical mingled odor of sandalwood and myrrh; an analogous bleating of tracking units. an identical huge, rigorously polished reflect mirrored the tiny, winking lighting. Jennifer Rush lay at the mattress, respiring shallowly, once more less than the effect of propofol. the one distinction, Logan notion, used to be that—this morning—they had violated the tomb of King Narmer. He watched as Rush fastened the ends up in her temples, administered the Versed, went throughout the hypnotic induction. He was once conscious of feeling a superb stress, of a deep unwillingness in himself to reexperience the trauma of the 1st crossing. And but this time, the malignant effect he’d felt before—while nonetheless present—seemed distant, even faint. The door opened on silent hinges and Tina Romero entered. She nodded at Rush, smiled at Logan, and quietly stepped over to face beside him. Rush waited until eventually his spouse stirred a little and her respiring grew worked. Then he snapped at the electronic voice recorder. “Who am I chatting with? ” he requested. This time, the answer used to be rapid. “Mouthpiece of Horus. ” “What is your identify? ” “One … who's to not be named. ” Tina leaned in on the subject of Logan, whispered in his ear. “Scholars speculate that Narmer—when he turned the god-king—wouldn’t let his royal identify to be spoken aloud upon ache of demise. ” Rush bent in the direction of the supine determine of his spouse, spoke softly. “Who was once that figure—that determine guarding the tomb? ” “Thou … hast defiled me. ” The voice used to be now not indignant this time. as an alternative, it appeared sorrowful, nearly dolorous. “Thou hast desecrated my sacred condominium. ” “Who is the mum or dad? ” Rush requested back. “The eater … of souls. He who dwells within the 10th area of evening. Tasker of Ra. ” “But who—” “He will come for thou, the defilers. The unbelievers. Thy limbs shall … be lease from thy physique, and thy line damaged. Geb will position his foot upon thy head … and Horus will smite thee. …” “What was once that picture within the tomb portray? ” Rush requested, cautious to maintain his voice impartial. “The, ah, decoration at the man’s head? ” a short silence. “That which brings lifestyles to the lifeless … and loss of life to the dwelling. ” Rush decreased his voice nonetheless extra. “What are you able to inform me in regards to the moment gate?

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