The Pharaoh Key

The Pharaoh Key

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Gideon Crew--brilliant scientist, master thief, intrepid adventurer--is shocked when his former employer, Eli Glinn, vanishes without a trace, and Glinn's high-tech lab Effective Engineering Solutions shuts down seemingly overnight. Fresh off a diagnosis that gives him only months to live, Crew is contacted by one of his former coworkers at EES, Manuel Garza, who has a bead on one final treasure hinted at in EES's final case, the long-awaited translation of a centuries-old stone tablet of a previously undiscovered civilization: The Phaistos Disc. What lies at the end of the trail will either save Gideon's life--or bring it to a sudden, shocking close. Crew once again faces incredible odds--but as Gideon has proved again and again, there's no such thing as too great a risk when you're living on borrowed time.
The high-tech lab Effective Engineering Solutions is working on the translation of a centuries-old stone tablet of a previously undiscovered civilization: the Phaistos Disc. Gideon Crew is contacted by a former coworker, Manuel Garza, who now works at EES. Their former employer, Eli Glinn, has vanished without a trace, shutting down the project. Fresh off a diagnosis that gives him only months to live, Crew joins Garza in a last ditch effort to decode the Disc. What they discover will either save Gideon's life-- or bring it to a sudden, shocking close. -- adapted from jacket.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2018
Edition: First edition
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ISBN: 9781455525829
1455525820
Branch Call Number: F PRE
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Child, Lincoln - Author

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PimaLib_ChristineR Nov 09, 2018

This one felt like it was phoned in. Gideon Crew has only months to live when his employer suddenly stops paying him. When he visits the home office it's being shut down. When he and another disgruntled ex-employee, Manuel Garza, cook up a scheme for one last pay day, neither of them know what they've let themselves in for.

While it sounds like a great premise, this was really a novella with very little character development. The plot was episodic and predictable.

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celtia
Nov 08, 2018

Gideon Krew

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pjfsteen
Sep 26, 2018

Gideon Crew

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writermala
Jul 18, 2018

The Pharaoh Key relates the adventures of two coworkers who set out to Egypt after the engineering company they work in shuts down. A computer in their company has cracked the long-awaited translation of a centuries old stone tablet, the Phaistos disk. Gideon and Manuel don't know what exactly this will lead to but are determined to find out. Their trail leads them to some gruesome situations and they come inches to death. They are joined in their hunt by Imogen and the three of them survive by using their brains and talent. The book is fast-paced and thrilling if somewhat unbelievable and ends well.

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KatherineHere
Jul 13, 2018

Very reminiscent of other books I've read, but still a fun adventure.

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Nevii1745
Jul 06, 2018

This is a bad book. Simple-minded characterizations, sketchy plot. Reads like they just did it for the bucks. Read the first part, then skipped to the end. Not worth reading the rest.

gailbro Jul 05, 2018

If you were hoping for closure on the demise of Gideon Crew you won't really get it in this last book of the series. The ending was left open, in my mind at least, and as is usually the case in fiction, anything could happen.
The story itself was a bit of a disappointment. Not nearly enough Egyptian in the writing. Heavy on sand and hardship and light on characterization and plot.

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cdarin11
Jul 03, 2018

Have to agree. Quite a disappointment. Read like a script for an old silent movie.

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bansidthe
Jun 27, 2018

A navel gazing cop out of a book. A true disappointment. C'est dommage.

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sylvia123_1
Jun 27, 2018

Always eagerly awaiting the latest from these authors, I was so ready for a good read. From my perspective, it was like an old and not smart Tarzan movie. Seriously. Not worth the effort.

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