His day job was a professor of history, but they’d hired him for his other profession: he was an enigmalogist, an investigator of unusual phenomena. He’d uncovered a lot of fakes, but also was rumored to have proven the existence of “Nessie” for the University of Glasgow and gotten a real ghost to vacate an old castle.
Jeremy had been signed on by an old friend from his college days, Dr. Ethan Rush, medical officer for the Egyptian expedition run by Porter Stone, a professional treasure hunter that was a little less greedy than most of that type. Rush headed some kind of organization called CTS, Jeremy learning that stood for the Center for Transmortality Studies, founded three years before when he brought his wife back to life after a car accident in an ER fourteen minutes after brain activity had ceased. The wife was part of the expedition also.
The expedition: clues had been buried in old boxes that, maybe, the tomb of King Narmer, the Egyptian purported to have united Upper and Lower Egypt into a single country, the first Pharaoh in other words, some five thousand years before.
Jeremy was along because some “accidents” had happened along the way: equipment breakdowns, missing things, breakage. You see, there was a curse on the tomb. Of course there was and Jeremy was the acknowledged expert on this sort of thing.
They were searching the Sudd, a large swampy area in Southern Sudan formed by the White Nile. A square mile was the closet they could narrow the found directions and it was being searched a grid at a time.
The first serious accident happened shortly after Jeremy arrived, a fire in one of the generators that killed a man who worked in close on jet skis to try to tow a tank of fuel threatened. It exploded. bathing him in burning fuel.
While they were rushing to help, Jeremy was brought up short by an overwhelming sense of evil hovering above it all. He was an empath you see.
More deaths come as they find the tomb and begin to work through the three gates to the burial chamber, the cures promising all sorts of terror that progressively get worse as one enters each gate. And since the first gate promises to rip the transgressor limb from limb…
Once again, Lincoln Child has forged a thriller hard to put down, with a new twist on the old standard mummy story.
Highly recommended. Tomorrow, June 12th, is the release date.