The Pharaoh Key (Gideon Crew Series #5)

The Pharaoh Key (Gideon Crew Series #5)

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child


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Don't miss the this exciting, New York Times bestselling adventure from Preston & Child, in which the secrets of a mysterious ancient tablet may point the way to untold treasure—or unspeakable danger.

"I just want to be crystal clear about this: if it has value, we're gonna steal it. Are you with me?"

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. As Gideon and Garza soon discover, some missions are more dangerous than others. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455525829
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Series: Gideon Crew Series , #5
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 576,898
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" ( Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. In addition to his novels, Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker and Smithsonian magazines. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Place of Birth:

Cambridge, Massachusetts


B.A., Pomona College, 1978

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The Pharaoh Key 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The Pendergraft series are still my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a good number of preston and child's books and enjoyed the journey they took you on. However, this own seemed to drag on a bit. I was almost to the last chapters before the plot and characters took on a deeper path. Don't get me wrong I will continue to read all of Preston and Child stories just think the plot and the characters could have used more depth.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another Great read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best yet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly imaginative, and if this is indeed the last we will see of Gideon Crew he truly got a great send off to “the last great adventure”. Like James Rollin’s adventure stories you always learn some history, geography,etc. along with a well-written exciting adventure story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An entertaining read. I will miss your Gideon Crew stories.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
When Eli Glinn abruptly closes his company, Gideon Crew and Manual Garza are angry. They obtain the translation of the ancient Phaistos Disk and travel to Egypt to find the source of the disk and possible treasure. Before setting out on their trek, they are joined by a female archeologist named Imogen Blackburn. The three battle cheating merchants, angry camels, and dust storms. They reach their destination only to be imprisoned by an extinct tribe. The treasure is found but one problem remains. How are they going to escape? And will they be able to take any of the treasure with them? This is the last book in the Gideon Crew series and I really hate to see it end.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
The Pharaoh Key by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is a highly recommended final novel and fitting ending (?) to the Gideon Crew series. Gideon Crew has a brain arteriovenous malformation or AVM, and has about two months left to live, however, he will remain strong and mobile right until the end so the doctor's advice is for him to live every minute the best way he can. He and his engineer colleague Manuel Garza have also discovered, after not being paid for months and no word of warning from their employer Eli Glinn that they no longer have a job with Effective Engineering Solutions, EES. Garza calls Crew telling him that they have a few hours to clear their belongings out of the office. While gathering what they can, they discover that a code-breaking computer at EES, after working on it for almost five years, has cracked the code found on the centuries-old stone tablet, the Phaistos Disc. With some sleight of hand, the two smuggle out a copy of the findings on a flash drive. The two work on deciphering the data and agree to split the treasure they expect to find. Their destination is the remote and forbidden zone of the Hala’ib Triangle in southeastern Egypt. The treasure hunt involves one mishap and disaster after another, but still Crew and Garza keep pressing on to the remote location. The Pharaoh Key is a fast paced, enjoyable action/adventure novel that involves more than one unexpected twist. Although reading the previous novels will give you additional background information and character development, I think you can enjoy this one as a stand-alone for the sheer value of the escapism and adventure it will provide. Are there some unanswered questions? Sure. Lucky coincidences? Yup. Miraculous escapes? Uh huh. But is it a page-turner? Oh, yes! Adding to the action, Preston and Child manage to keep the tone light and even evoke a few laughs while providing an entertaining adventure, which, in the end is worthy of at least 4 out of 5 stars (and only rated in comparison against their other novels). Preston and Child know how to write well-paced entertaining story and that was certainly the case here. I enjoyed reading The Pharaoh Key Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one of their more original books
boopshki More than 1 year ago
I felt this installment in the Gideon Crew series was very weak with a shallow plot. I felt like I was reading only half of a book not a full novel.There was never enough time spent on developing relationships, all very superficial.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Opening draws in the reader. I can’t wait to read the rest of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed. Moved along rapidly, kept my interest. Interesting plot. Simple, with predictable outcomes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. A real page turner. I have read all of Preston and Child's books and this one didn't let me down just like all of their books.& Dr Russ Petro
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great writing predictable plot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad to see what has happened to these interesting authors No more for me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite frankly I kept checking to see who wrote this short book. Nothing like previous books and character development was nill. Very disappointed. BTW, every other book written by P&C I gave 5 stars to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m caught-Reel me in!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read. Sad it is the final book of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finished in 3 days couldn't wait to turn each page!
S_White_1218 More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. This book was a lot of fun. In typical Preston and Child fashion, we got adventure and action and romance and science and it was a blast to read. I read it in less than a day! Makes me want to go treasure hunting!!! My biggest gripe is that, since it's the last Gideon Crew novel, I was hoping for a spectacular ending. Overall, I wasn't wowed by the ending, and in fact felt a little bit unsatisfied, so I had to do four stars instead of five. But I did really enjoy the book and the series, and would highly recommend it as a fast-paced, crazy fun story to pick up for a nice day on the beach or road trip where you don't have to drive. Set aside some time, because you won't want to put it down. :)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the prologue and first chapters hold your interest the subsequent chapters were often long filled with redundancy. The epilogue wrapped up some of the lingering questions. While I enjoy the Gideon Crew novels, this was not the best effort of the authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know how to fully express my disappointment with this book. It was not the ending Gideon deserved, and veered sharply, in my opinion, from the tone of the other books in this series. I don't know if there will be another entry in this group, but hopefully it will not devolve into the Indiana Jones mess that this book did.