The Pharaoh Key

The Pharaoh Key

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Effective Engineering Solutions has been inexplicably shut down and the head of the company, Eli Glinn, has all but vanished. Fresh off a diagnosis that gives him only months to live, Gideon Crew is contacted by one of his coworkers at EES, Manuel Garza, who tells him the two have mere hours to collect their belongings before the office closes forever. After years of dedicated service and several high-risk missions, theirs seems like the most ignoble of terminations, until Gideon and Garza happen upon an incredible discovery. After centuries of silence, a code-breaking machine at EES has cracked the long-awaited translation of a centuries-old stone tablet, the Phaistos Disc, that dates back to an otherwise completely unknown, ancient civilization. The mysteries of the message itself hint at incredible treasures, and perhaps even a world-altering secret. No one remains at EES to take on this most remarkable mission but Gideon and Garza. The two agree to solve the mystery of the disc's message and split the spoils: the perfect parting gift their employer doesn't know he has given. What lies at the end of the trail may save Gideon's life -- or bring it to a sudden, shocking close.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781455525829
1455525820
Branch Call Number: FICTION PRESTON DOUGLAS
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Child, Lincoln

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PurelyJoy
Sep 10, 2019

Not exactly what I expected in the way of action, but still a good treasure hunt story.

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z1699blackie
Sep 09, 2019

I probably shouldn't review this book...because it bored me so much that I stopped reading after 50 pages.

It was so bad that I didn't even jump to the back of the book to see how it turned out... I just didn't care about the characters.

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happycanuck
Nov 27, 2018

An interesting book. Well written - well paced with lots of action. Two -thirds of the way through, the plot became a bit too far fetched although others might not think so.

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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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.

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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