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The Third Translation

(2005)
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This is the latest novel trying to capitalize on the amazing success of The Da Vinci Code by positing an ancient mystery, contemporary scholars, rare documents, greedy collectors, and a quasi-academic protagonist. In this case he's an American Egyptologist living in London who's got less than a week to unlock the secrets of the Stela of Paser, a funerary stone whose references to a "third way" of deciphering the hieroglyphics inscribed on the stone have teased, tempted and eluded would-be translators for centuries.Walter Rothschild has sacrificed a wife, a child, and many of the other things that make life worth living to pursue a passion cultivated in childhood and encouraged by his own father. Less than a week before his grant runs out and the Stela of Paser returns to its dusty basement in the British Museum, Walter is seduced and drugged by a mysterious young woman who steals a precious document from the Museum; in search of her and the papyrus scroll, Rothschild encounters a cult of would-be mystics who will stop at nothing to get him to decipher the Stela and reveal its secrets--especially those that promise a "third way" between life and death,"the endless quest of the ancient kings."While Walter'sefforts are admirable, he is basically a boring, fretful, and regretful man who fails to engage the reader. That's too bad, for otherwise this is a beautifully written, thoroughly researched, and finely detailed novel based somewhat on the author's own obsession with the Stela. But if you share his passion for Egyptology, and want a more learned discourse on its arcana than theAmelia Peabody mysteries provide, The Third Translation is well worth reading. --Jane Adams

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July 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Third Translation
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 1-58724-980-4 / 978-1-58724-980-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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April 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Third Translation
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 1-4013-0181-9 / 978-1-4013-0181-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hyperion
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Paperback Editions

April 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Third Translation
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 1-4013-0841-4 / 978-1-4013-0841-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hyperion
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April 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Third Translation
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 1-4013-0223-8 / 978-1-4013-0223-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Books
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2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Third Translation
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 0-7394-5850-7 / 978-0-7394-5850-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hyperion Books
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Audio Editions

May 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Third Translation
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 0-7927-3560-9 / 978-0-7927-3560-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Sound Library
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May 2005 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Third Translation
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 0-7927-3626-5 / 978-0-7927-3626-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Sound Library
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May 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Third Translation
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 0-7927-3559-5 / 978-0-7927-3559-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Sound Library
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April 2005 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Third Translation
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Publisher: Hyperion AudioBooks
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April 2005 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Third Translation
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
Publisher: Hyperion AudioBooks
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April 2005 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Third Translation
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Publisher: Hyperion AudioBooks
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April 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Third Translation: A Novel
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 1-4013-8228-2 / 978-1-4013-8228-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hyperion
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April 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Third Translation: A Novel
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 1-4013-8229-0 / 978-1-4013-8229-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hyperion
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April 2005 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Third Translation
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
Publisher: Hachette Books
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April 2005 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Third Translation: A Novel
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
Publisher: Hachette Books
Availability: Amazon UK