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The Third Translation

The Third Translation An ancient mystery a hidden language and the secrets of a bizarre Egyptian sect collide in modern day London in this ingenious novel of seduction conspiracy and betrayal alter Rothschild is an Ame

  • Title: The Third Translation
  • Author: Matt Bondurant
  • ISBN: 9781401301811
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An ancient mystery, a hidden language, and the secrets of a bizarre Egyptian sect collide in modern day London in this ingenious novel of seduction, conspiracy, and betrayal alter Rothschild is an American Egyptologist living in London and charged by the British Museum with the task of unlocking the ancient riddle of the Stela of Paser, one of the last remaining real lifeAn ancient mystery, a hidden language, and the secrets of a bizarre Egyptian sect collide in modern day London in this ingenious novel of seduction, conspiracy, and betrayal alter Rothschild is an American Egyptologist living in London and charged by the British Museum with the task of unlocking the ancient riddle of the Stela of Paser, one of the last remaining real life hieroglyphic mysteries in existence today The secrets of the stela a centuries old funerary stone have evaded scholars for thousands of years due to the stela s cryptic reference to a third translation

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    1. Amie on said:

      This book took me forever to read. It was well written, but the plot NEVER goes anywhere! The whole time, you are waiting for something to happen and it doesn't. It's called "The Third Translation", but nothing is ever really translated. There's this entire side story with the main character and his daughter that really could have been left out because it adds absolutely nothing to what tiny bit of a story there actually is. I'm surprised I actually finished this at all. I guess I just kept hopi [...]

    2. Melanie on said:

      I wanted to like this book. I really did. Any thriller having to do with translating ancient hieroglyphs, the British Museum, etc. sounded good to me, and I was intrigued. Sounded like something I'd enjoy. However, the arrangement and style of the text left something to be desired.I like flashbacks normally. I feel they can add to the story. In this book, the main character kept flashing back amidst a scene into other periods of his life, and I found it didn't contribute to the plot. It just was [...]

    3. Jennifer on said:

      First, I listened to the audiobook and this is the first time I've ever said that I think it might be better to read the actual book. I know I didn't appreciate it as much as I could have because my attention when listening to audiobooks is divided (I'm usually driving). I might try listening to it a second time.I just glanced through some reviews and see many negative ones, which surprised me at first, because I think this is a truly excellent book, but another reviewer hit the core problem: th [...]

    4. Nancy on said:

      This is a multi-layered, complex book and my principal question is whether that added to it, or detracted from it. I really enjoy the idea of a book centered around an academic puzzle but Bondurant chose to include so much historical, ethnographic information that the casual reader could easily be put off. I was curious enough about the book to plow through it, but overall it was an uneasy read. One of the key elements of the book is the under-developed social skill of the principal character. H [...]

    5. Christy on said:

      Finally found the book hard to put down around page 300. The subject matter should have been more interesting. It was hard to care about the main character, who is kind of a naive loser. I was also turned off by too many graphic references to bodily functions and odors sometimes necessary to a story but not as often as shared here. I also felt there were a couple unneccessary storylines, and once introduced, were not satisfactorily resolved. Not a total waste of time but had the potential to be [...]

    6. Coleen on said:

      You would think a novel about Egyptology and the deciphering of ancient hieroglyphics, set in London and presented as somewhat of a thriller, would be an interesting & intriguing read. I thought that too -- until I actually read the book. But I have to say this one was a big disappointment. The plot, which initially seemed like it was going somewhere, ended up going nowhere, and the ending brought about absolutely no resolution. Not only that, but I found the plot confusing. Often times I wo [...]

    7. Vanessa on said:

      I very very rarely say this I couldn't finish this book. It was that bad, i couldn't even resort to my usual technique of using the audio copy and listening to the book while i drive around, its just that bad of a book. The writing is jumpy and quite honestly tries much too hard.I'm aware that Mr. Bondurant was trying to write a parody/commentary novel about noir novels of the time, but he failed miserably. The main character is incredibly unlikable, and I'm not even sure where he fit into the p [...]

    8. Aleeh Urie on said:

      "deja que tu corazón se convierta en un gran dique, junto al cual la inundación es poderosa" "Le mostré el escarabajo-corazon de ivy, el escarabajo pelotero de feldespasto verde que debía colocarse a modo de amuleto en el corazón de una momia. El escarabajo verde simbolizaba la regeneración para los antiguos egipcios, quienes creian que el escarabajo pelotero y su costumbre de hacer rodar bolas de excrementos por todo el desierto para poner huevos en ella eran una representación del sol y [...]

    9. Lake Oz Fic Chick on said:

      Walter Rothschild is an Egyptologist working to translate an ancient funerary stone and wondering is he has wasted his life. In a funk, he heads for a bar and gets pickled. He picks up a young woman, Erin, who seems particularly interested in his work. Naturally, he smuggles her into his office at the British Museum for a tryst. All too soon, he realizes Erin has made off with a few priceless artifacts. How will he find her again and save his reputation? The Third Translation unfolds briskly, wi [...]

    10. Marjie Smith on said:

      I thought the book had great promise but had too many things going on at the same time making it confusing as to which was the main story. Further, nothing was fully resolved in the end on his personal or work front, and serious legal matters seem to just dissolve with no explanation. There was no satisfying understanding, at the end, as to why so many of the things happened or why he was being so violently pursued.I like a good action thriller with historical information sprinkled in but I foun [...]

    11. S.L. Berry on said:

      I liked the subject matter that the plot of mystery revolved around. What I thought could have been done better, that is integrated into the plot, was the relationship with the daughter and the relationship with the library worker. Although I realize that the author probably added them to give Rothchild some dimension and to develop some relationship with the reader, it seemed as if these two relationships were tangential to the story. If Rothchild did not have a daughter or she never appeared a [...]

    12. LeeAnn Derdeyn on said:

      This was promoted along the lines of Dan Brown & it is--but more intelligent. Brown mixes fact & fiction at leisure w/the undiscerning not recognizing which is which. Bondurant uses indepth fact/research to build his storyline but remains true to fact as we know it at the moment. I find it so interesting that this is an adult companion to the new Rick Riordan Red Pyramid with many of the same characters. If you're reading along with your child, you'll enjoy reading this one in 'me time.' [...]

    13. Amy on said:

      I did enjoy this novel even despite some of the reviews. It was a good mystery and the Egyptology and hieroglyphic information was quite fascinating. The descriptions of the actual dig site and dam site were also nicely depicted, also the feel of London clearly translated. I liked the characters and became involved, however, some of the situations that Walter was involved in seemed a little over whelming.

    14. Roxana on said:

      I triedI did my best to read to the last page but I must confess, I couldn't. Don't get me wrong, all the science part was fine, but the story didn't help, it was just another treasure hunt, and even when I tend to love these kind of books, this one was b-o-r-i-n-g!!!I expected so much more than the plain story of a plain scientific and his wasted times getting drunk and highThat's my humble opinion.

    15. Arinn Wardell on said:

      This book has the makings to be a great baook, but it falls short. The plot is a great idea: Man works for museum, man has drunken wild night and brings hot girl back to museum, artifact goes missing, craziness happens while trying to get artifact happen. Unfortunately, the writing is dull and boring. As a reader, I never had the page turning experience. It took along time to read because I had no problem walking away from it.

    16. Karen on said:

      I'd give it 3.5 stars. A great quick read, and I enjoyed the intellectual side trips into Egyptology (which is why I picked up the book - yes, I made a cover judgement) but it will never be regarded as a masterpiece. The plot moves along a fairly predictable line. I often pay attention to author catch phrases or favorite words(particularly if they overuse/abuse them) - the most over-used phrase of this volume is "Wakey-Wakey!"

    17. Jim on said:

      The Third Translation is a novel by Matt Bondurant had great potential to be a cross between Indiana Jone and the Da Vinci Code, but, it failed to deliver. In fact, it decayed into a rather dull novel with little mystery or suspense.I listened to the abridged audio book and noticed the abridgement was choppy. Perhaps the unabridged version would have been better, but, I doubt it.This is one book you can skip.

    18. Roger Klein on said:

      I thought I would really enjoy this. Saw the movie "Lawless" & figured a novel written by Bondurant would be worthwhile. No. It went nowhere. At first I thought Egyptian gods, hints of death, sex well this was Lovecraft territory. No.Well, that's ok, somethings going on underneath it all & they'll be a big payoff. I kept reading thinking it's just around the bend. Well, no. Nothing. Because there was a great start & setup, I read to the bitter end. And wish I hadn't.

    19. Valerie on said:

      Interesting view into the world of egyptology, archaelogical finds and cuneiforms. Downside, I didn't warm up to the main character throughout the majority of the book--he's socially inept, hierglyphic obsessed and annoyingly oblivious to his self-absorption--I was just as irritated with him as were his ex-wife, young adult daughter and never-got-off-the-ground new love interest.

    20. Alana on said:

      I liked it, but it missed the mark somewhere towards the end. Yeah, Egyptologists and archaeologists and linguists and museum people are all messed up, and Yes, the weirdos who trail around behind with their theories are totally nuts, but come onally? So much stuffed into the first 2/3, only to peter out at the end.

    21. Ed Tarkington on said:

      If you're looking for The DaVinci Code, you picked up the wrong book. Matt Bondurant can actually write. This is a literary novel, more character- than plot-driven (though the plot has plenty of surprising twists). The Third Translation is a wise, assured debut novel from a gifted stylist. A great read.

    22. Christy on said:

      So far, I have not been able to bring myself to finish this book. Maybe one of these days I'll get past the monotonous dragging on and on of the author but not today It's going back on the shelf for a rainy day when I'm bored out of my mind and have read all the other good books three or four times over.

    23. Wontons on said:

      This book was piss-poor. I'm sorry; I'm a sucker for a good Classics/Egyptology-related romp as much as the next guy, but this was just awful. The whole thing was all over the place. It tried to be edifying and it tried to be salacious and didn't manage to do much of either.

    24. Daisy on said:

      2.5 actually.I didn't understand what was going on. I'm still confused as to the resolution to the "mystery." I gave it 2 1/2 stars because I found SOME of the cryptography details interesting.

    25. Scott on said:

      I listened to the abridged audio book and was disappointed. The story lacked continuity and seemed to loose it's way. The main character's ineptness, in all situations, was more annoying than endearing.

    26. Colin on said:

      I picked up this copy at Building 19 for less than $3. It is an odd tale, a sort of collision of otherworldly academia with fantastic but sordid events from the "real world." I don't really know how to classify it. I enjoyed it, but not inordinately.

    27. McCraddock on said:

      If JD Salinger wrote a Dan Brown novel, it would be a slightly less annoying version of this book. Do not be lured in by the promise of an Egyptology-based thriller. Just watch Raiders of the Lost Ark instead.

    28. Judith on said:

      I cannot recommend this book as I felt it rambled and by the close of the book the issues facing the main character were not addressed. I will probably never read another one of Matt Bondurant’s books.

    29. Janet on said:

      Picked this up after hearing the author read at Wordstock. The protagonist is an Egyptologist caught up in a strange plot. Very vivid characters. I adore the story of the Canadian moon mission (a splendid digression).

    30. Leah Litchford on said:

      This book was completely dry, too many archeologist words from Egypt that went way over my head. Plus, there wasn't any plot behind the story. Characters were thrown together and it was hard to decipher the relationships

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