Thursday, June 28, 2018

Book Beginnings: The Pharaoh Key

The Pharaoh Key (Gideon Crew #5), by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central Publishing, June 2018). This is the first sentence of Chapter 1:
Gideon Crew sat in the fourteenth-floor waiting room of Lewis Conrad, MD, restlessly drumming the tips of his left fingers against the back of his right wrist, waiting to find out whether he would live or die.
About the Book:
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. (
Initial Thoughts:
Well, I'm definitely wondering if Gideon is going to make it through the book. I have a sneaking suspicion he probably will, since this is a pretty successful series of thrillers. But I could be wrong. My second thought is that once again I've jumped into an existing series (this is book number 5), without reading any of the earlier books. But I've read other Preston and Child books and I know they're extremely dependable at producing page-turners. So I'm looking forward to getting started on this one.

Haven't been doing much blogging lately, so I'm also looking forward to visiting today and finding out what people are reading now that summer's finally here. And any good "beach read" suggestions would be appreciated.

Happy Friday, everyone! And have a lovely weekend.

Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Friday.  As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.


  1. I am intrigued by the premise and the beginning lines. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “MY EX-LIFE”

  2. I have at least two books from this series hiding somewhere in my shelves that I've been meaning to read. This does sound good and like quite the page turner!

  3. I've never read anything by this author pair. It does sound like a great thriller. This week I am featuring Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley. Happy reading!


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