An ancient mystery, a hidden language, and the secrets of a bizarre Egyptian sect collide in modernA literary page-turner that plunges the reader headlong into a modern quest to solve one of the last remaining riddles of ancient Egypt.
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.
Walter 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:
As for this writing, it is to be read three times. Its like has not been seen before, or heard since the time of the god.
--inscription on the Stela of Paser
Drawn into its mystery, Rothschild becomes the dupe of a seduction, robbery, and conspiracy engineered by a cult devoted to ancient Egyptian mysticism. With no one to trust and nothing as it appears, he must fight an elusive enemy to save his livelihood -- and his very life.
As enlightening as it is entertaining, The Third Translation is a magnificent blend of fact and fiction. Bondurant masterfully weaves a wealth of fascinating, arcane information into a thrilling debut novel. Engagingly plotted, extensively researched, and utterly original, this well-crafted literary suspense novel takes you from the fast-paced streets of modern London into a lost world of sacred antiquities and ancient mysteries....Continua