New York Times best seller Lincoln Child returns with a riveting new thriller featuring the charismatic and quirky Professor Jeremy Logan, renowned investigator of the strange and the inexplicable, as he uncovers a long-lost secret experiment only rumored to have existed.
Jeremy Logan (The Third Gate, Deep Storm) is an "enigmalogist" - an investigator who specializes in analyzing phenomena that have no obvious explanation. In this newest novel, Logan finds himself on the storied coastline of Newport, Rhode Island, where he has been retained by Lux, one of the oldest and most respected think tanks in America. Just days earlier, a series of frightening events took place in the sprawling seaside mansion that houses the organization. One of its most distinguished doctors began acting erratically - violently attacking an assistant in the mansion's opulent library and, moments later, killing himself in a truly shocking fashion. Terrified by the incident and the bizarre evidence left behind, the group hires Logan to investigate - discreetly - what drove this erudite man to madness.
His work leads him to an unexpected find. In a long-dormant wing of the estate, Logan uncovers an ingeniously hidden secret room, concealed and apparently untouched for decades. The room is a time capsule, filled with eerie and obscure scientific equipment that points to a top-secret project long thought destroyed, known only as "Project S." Ultimately the truth of what Project S was...and what has happened in that room...will put Logan in the path of a completely unexpected danger.
One of his most thrilling novels to date, The Forgotten Room is replete with veiled, fascinating history and all the exhilarating action and science that are the hallmarks of a Lincoln Child blockbuster.
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Felt like some Chrichton style was channeled in.
I have always enjoyed Lincoln Child's works and of course his collaborations with Douglas Preston. This new Jeremy Logan entry was fun in all the usual Lincoln thriller ways. Great atmosphere creation, eerie mysteries to be solved, A good amount of science for plausibility, and action to round out the thriller. Beyond the usual fun of Lincoln Child's works, two things in this particular novel made it all the more enjoyable.
First we get a lot more of Jeremy Logan's history shown to us as the story takes place at a think tank he was attached to about 10 years ago. I always love it when Lincoln Child does this with his characters. Similar to how Agent Pendergast eccentricities become almost endearing when we find out his back story, Logan's history with his start at Yale and current work seem to become become a sort of natural evolution of his character as we learn more about his time at the Lux think tank. Definitely one of the highlights of the book for me.
Second, the mysteries and sciencetific explanation while of course still being fiction are top notch. Mr. Child must have done a serious amount of scientific research to create this story. This particular book felt very reminiscent of Micheal Crichton's Andromeda Strain & Congo. Not that the storyline or setting is similar in anyway to those two books but rather how well the science is fleshed out for us. I found myself repeatedly getting sidetracked by looking up Wikipedia articles to understand some of science or history that is referenced in this book. Every so often in his books ("Utopia" for example), it feels like Lincoln Child is channeling a bit of Chrichton's style into this work. I was expecting a Lincoln Child story which I masterfully got and it feels like the Chrichton gap in left by his passing was partially filled by this book as well. This has been my personal favorite of the Jeremy Logan stories so far. I do hope Lincoln Child continues to use this particular talent of his every once in a while.
As for Narration, Johnathan McClain did another great job, just as he did in the Third Gate. Just as Rene Auberjonois is the voice of Pendergast and Ray Porter is the voice of Joe Ledger, Jonathan McClain is now the voice I hear even when physically reading Jeremy Logan. Getting used to his reading may have taken a bit longer for me since I was used to hearing Scott Brick in the other two novels Mr Logan appears in.
If your a fan of Lincoln Child this book is a must read. If not, i dare say this book will make you one.
Exciting story line