The Third Gate

By Lincoln Child

An archaeological day trip digging the place it shouldn’t. . .
A crown so strong it truly is rumored to be cursed. . .
And the single guy who can clarify all of it. . .
 
Deep in a virtually impassable swamp south of the Egyptian border, an archaeological group is trying to find the burial chamber of King Narmer, the fabled pharaoh. Narmer's crown can be buried with him: the elusive "double" crown of the 2 Egypts. Amid the nightmarish, disorienting tangle of dust and useless plants, unusual issues start to take place. might an historic curse be dependable? Jeremy Logan, background professor and grasp interpreter of surprising and inexplicable enigmas, is introduced onto the undertaking to enquire. What he reveals increases clean questions . . . and rapid alarm.

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No. ” March rose. “I’m now not partial to parlor tips. ” Then, nodding curtly to every of them in flip, he left the living room. “What a bit of labor that man is,” Tina acknowledged, shaking her head and searching on the door March had simply exited via. “And did you listen what he stated? ‘What’s buried underneath the Sudd—if something? ’ belief Stone to carry a person like him alongside as lead archaeologist. ” “You suggest March thinks this is often all a wild-goose chase? ” Logan fell silent. It had by no means happened to him that Stone’s fabled learn will be flawed—that this whole large project could be equipped upon a fake assumption. “Why did Stone lease him, then? ” he requested after a second. “Because March could be a prick, he could be an highbrow snob, yet he’s the simplest at what he does. Stone’s fantastic that method. along with, he likes anyone who questions his assumptions. might be that’s why he likes you. ” Tina stood up. “Well, i must come back to paintings. If I’m correct, March goes to get a few information quickly that’ll placed his nostril much more out of joint. ” She glanced at Jennifer Rush. “Thanks for the express. ” Then she became to Logan. “You should exhibit her your trick with the straw. the 2 of you've extra in universal than you understand. ” Logan watched her depart, then became again to Jennifer Rush. “I’ve been waiting for assembly you, Mrs. Rush,” he acknowledged. “Call me Jennifer,” she spoke back. “My husband has informed me approximately you. ” “He’s advised me approximately you, in addition. the way you have been the muse for the heart he based. And approximately your outstanding skills. ” the lady nodded. “I need to say, your functionality with the Zener playing cards simply now—it’s unprecedented in my event. I’ve overseen the try out thousands of occasions, yet I’ve by no means obvious more than a seventy, seventy-five percentage luck price. ” “I doubt Dr. March has, either,” she answered. She had a low, silky voice that used to be out of preserving together with her small, narrow body. “If Ethan has instructed you approximately me, you possibly understand that my enterprise is with strange phenomena, issues no longer simply explained,” he acknowledged. “So obviously I’m fascinated about the phenomenon of the NDE, of ‘going over. ’ I’ve learn the literature, in fact, and that i be aware of all concerning the awesome consistency in what humans come across: the sensation of peace, the darkish tunnel, the being of sunshine. You skilled all these, i suppose? ” She nodded. “But for me, in fact, analyzing and truly experiencing are such various things …” He paused. “As an investigator, it kind of feels I’m constantly at the outdoors, having a look in after the very fact. That’s why I nearly envy you—personally present process such a unprecedented occasion, I suggest. ” “Extraordinary event,” Jennifer repeated, her voice slightly audible. “Yes—you might name it that. ” Logan checked out her heavily. In another individual, this kind of answer may have appeared chilly, far away. yet he sensed anything diverse in her. He sensed disappointment, a personal soreness. He knew from own event that now not all presents have been welcome—or even, now and then, tolerable. Her amber eyes had a striking intensity and a curious demanding, agate caliber.

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