Lincoln Child’s Jeremy Logan Series

ChildAbout the author:

Born: Westport, Connecticut

Education: B.A.-English, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Website: http://lincolnchild.com/

Thriller Sub-genre: Techno-thriller

Publisher: Doubleday publishing

Future of the Series: The next book in the series is entitled Full Wolf Moon with an expected release date of 5/16/17.

Review of the latest in the series-The Forgotten Room

The Simon Review

The Jeremy Logan series by Lincoln Child is where science and the supernatural meet. Now science and the supernatural go together like Queen Elizabeth at a monster truck rally, but in the Jeremy Logan series that is exactly what happens. Logan is the Regina Professor of Medieval History at Yale University for his day job and ‘enigmalogist’, one who studies the unexplainable, in his free time. Logan freelances as an enigmalogist, which means he is usually called in by outside sources to investigate unusual occurrences, often at some type of research facility with scientist and other academics. So the bottom line is that Logan is the Ghostbuster of the academic world.

Since I review series with a certain element of science in it, I am usually a little wary when supernatural elements are introduced, so I was a little dubious that I was going to like this series. It turned out that I had nothing to worry about as the science is interesting and the woo-woo factor was at least complimentary enough with the science that it didn’t make me gag. It will be interesting to see how this series develops and whether or not Child can handle this tenuous balance between scientific fact and the paranormal.

The series begins with Deep Storm which is about a secret research facility that is investigating an interesting phenomenon located at the bottom of the ocean. Logan’s presence in this novel is brief whose purpose is to uncover documentation of a possible extraterrestrial source for this unknown phenomenon. Now I don’t consider aliens necessarily as being paranormal or supernatural but more on the lines of science fiction. Though the likelihood of sentient beings visiting us anytime soon is pretty remote, the statistical possibility of intelligent life forms existing somewhere else in the universe is reasonably good.

In Terminal Freeze, Logan still only plays a minor role but is more significant than in Deep Storm. In Terminal Freeze, the scientists, in this case, are dealing with a creature that seems to exist through mystical means. Some would argue that Terminal Freeze is a poor copy of Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston’s Relic. I would agree that Relic was considerably scarier but I also enjoyed reading Terminal Freeze mainly because it occurred in a totally different setting than Relic, the Arctic versus a museum in New York City. The isolation is what gives it an edge.

The woo-woo factor really comes into play in The Third Gate and was the first novel that Logan played a prominent role. Logan was dragged onto an archaeological expedition in the search for a lost burial tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh. The one that dragged him on this expedition was an old college classmate that was a medical doctor turned research investigator exploring life after death experiences and was hired to be part of the expedition. As you can surmise ghosts are involved. Now I do enjoy a good ghost story if it is scary enough but this novel just didn’t really cut it for scariness and I would say this is my least favorite in the series.

The latest novel The Forgotten Room was just released a few weeks ago and I have reviewed this in more detail.

Lincoln Child co-writes with Douglas Preston on the Pendergast (which I adore) and the Gideon Crew Series. I think that the Child/Preston duo is a lot like the Beatles, together they create great music but when they go solo they create good music but not great music, this is how I kind of feel about this series, good but not great.

At this point, any book within the series can be read in any order. It is not until the Forgotten Room, does Jeremy Logan really begin to show much of a personality, but I am sure that Child will continue towards developing this character more and I think he will be a really good character as the series develops.

Simon’s pick:

Most Favorite Novel in the Series- The Forgotten Room-This is where we really get to see the real Jeremy Logan which I am beginning to really like

Least Favorite Novel in the Series- The Third Gate-because too much woo-woo factor for my taste

What about the science? As I mentioned in my Pendergast series review, Lincoln Child’s portrayal of science is a bit on the quasi-realistic side.

The Jeremy Logan Technical Word in Review: Ice-fifteen– We all learned in elementary school that water exist in three phases; ice, liquid, and steam (gaseous water) and for most all of us the ice we know is of one kind, the one that our cars slide on and the one that will make a total fool of ourselves in front of a crowd of people. But what most of us don’t know is that ice can come in a number of different forms. The ice that we know and love is technically called Ice Ih which is the predominant form here on planet earth. With the exception of one other ice form known as Ice Ic, which occurs in our Earth’s atmosphere; all other forms of ice have been created in a laboratory setting. The reason being is that these other forms can only develop under extreme conditions, extremely high pressure and very low temperatures. So why bother study other forms of water? Because it is very possible that these other forms of ice may exist on other planets or moons. Also water is the most important molecule for life and by fully understanding the properties of water; we begin to understand how water behaves in living systems.

Ice-fifteen or Ice XV, was created in the laboratory in 2009 by Christoph G. Salzmann (University College London), Paola Radaelli (University of Oxford), John Finney (London Centre for Nanotechnology) and the late Erwin Mayer (formally from the University of Innsbruck). It was created by cooling water to 130o Kelvin (-143oC or -226oF) under 9820 atmospheres of pressure which means this form of ice is very compact in comparison to our earthly form of ice.

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Structural Image for Ice VI and Ice XV (Image by permission from the American Physical Society)

“But here’s the thing,” Faraday went on. “I read an article in Nature last month describing another type of ice that could theoretically exist: ice-fifteen. Ice that has just the opposite qualities.”

“You mean …” Marshall paused. “You mean, ice that would melt below thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit?”-Terminal Freeze


At the time of publication of Terminal Freeze, Ice XV had not been discovered, so Child used a bit of poetic license to describe it. Salzmann and company did not publish their work on Ice XV in the elite scientific journal Nature as is suggested in Terminal Freeze but instead in Physical Review Letters which may not be as prestigious as Nature but is considered one of the most prestigious in the field of physics. Additionally Ice XV does not have the property of melting at temperatures below 32oF.

Child is not the only one that refers to the different forms of ice in fictional literature; Kurt Vonnegut refers to Ice-nine in his novel Cat’s Cradle.

Books in the Series by Order:

Most Favorite in the series: Deep Storm with a score of 3.87

Least Favorite in the series: The Third Gate with a score of 3.66

Based on overall ratings from Goodreads, Barnes and Nobles, Library Thing, and Amazon (US & UK)

Deep_Storm#1 Deep Storm – 2007

Listed #40 out of 549 on Goodreads Best Technothrillers Ever Book List

Listed #152 out of 168 on Goodreads Best Science Thrillers Book List

First Line:

It took a certain kind of man, Kevin Lindengood decided, to work an oil rig.


Characters

Jeremy Logan: Regina Professor of Medieval History at Yale University and enigmalogist

Dr. Peter Crane: Former naval doctor recruited to Deep Storm because of his specialty in medical disorders related to deep water dives

Howard Asher: Chief scientist for the National Oceanographic Division

Hui Ping: Scientist assigned to assist Dr. Crane

Commander Terrence W. Korolis: Head of security on Deep Storm

Admiral Richard Ulysses Spartan: In charge of Deep Storm

Dr. Michelle Bishop: Main physician in charge of the medical unit on Deep Storm


The Setting

The middle of the Atlantic


Twelve-thousand feet beneath the Atlantic Ocean . . .
scientists are excavating the most extraordinary undersea discovery ever made. But is it the greatest archaeological find in history—or the most terrifying?

Former naval doctor Peter Crane is urgently summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition spreading through the rig. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below—on “Deep Storm,” a stunningly advanced science research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to a mystery steeped in centuries of myth and speculation.

Sworn to secrecy, Dr. Crane descends to Deep Storm. A year earlier, he is told, routine drilling uncovered the remains of mankind’s most sophisticated ancient civilization: the legendary Atlantis. But now that the site is being excavated, a series of disturbing illnesses has begun to affect the operation. Scientists and technicians are experiencing a bizarre array of symptoms—from simple fatigue to violent psychotic episodes. As Crane is indoctrinated into the strange world of Deep Storm and commences his investigation, he begins to suspect that the covert facility conceals something more complicated than a medical mystery. The discovery of Atlantis might, in fact, be a cover for something far more sinister . . . and deadly.


“Imagine a huge research station, twelve levels high, full of equipment and technology beyond cutting edge, placed on the bottom of the ocean floor. That’s the ERF-the heart and soul of the most extraordinary archaeological effort of all time.”

“The ERF?”

“Exploratory and Recovery Facility. But we refer to it simply as the Facility. The military-you know how fond they are of buzzwords-have labeled it Deep Storm.”


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Amazon Rating-US: 4.19 out of 5 stars based on 481 ratings

Amazon Rating-UK: 4.25 out of 5 stars based on 32 ratings

GoodReads Rating: 3.87 out of 5 stars based on 19,200 ratings

Barnes & Nobel Rating: 4.00 out of 5 stars based on 120 ratings

Library Thing Rating: 3.64 out of 5 stars based on 353 ratings

Total Score 3.87  (updated 4/13/17)

 

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Terminal_Freeze#2-Terminal Freeze- 2008

First Line:

At dusk, when the stars rose one by one into a frozen sky, Usuguk approached the snowhouse as silently as a fox.


Characters

Jeremy Logan

Evan Marshall: Mount Fear Station’s visiting paleoecologist

Wright Faraday: Mount Fear Station’s visiting evolutionary biologist

Gerard Sully: Lead scientist of the global warming research team of scientist

Ang Chen: Graduate student with the global warming research team

Penny Barbour: Computer scientist for the research team

Emilio Conti: Executive producer for the docudrama

Kari Ekberg: Field producer for Terra Prime

Ashleigh Davis: The celebrity host for the docudrama

Paul Gonzalez: Lead military official overseeing Fear Base


The Setting

Arctic circle, Alaska


Two hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle lies Alaska’s Federal Wildlife Zone, one of the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth. But for paleoecologist Evan Marshall and a small group of fellow scientists, an expedition to the Zone represents an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study the effects of global warming.

Everything about the expedition changes, however, with an astonishing find. On a routine exploration of a glacial ice cave, the group discovers an enormous ancient animal, encased in solid ice. The media conglomerate sponsoring their research immediately intervenes and arranges the ultimate spectacle—the creature will be cut from the ice, thawed, and revealed live on television. Despite dire warnings from the local Native American village, and the scientific concerns of Marshall and his team, the “docudrama” plows ahead . . . until the scientists make one more horrifying discovery. The beast is no regular specimen—it may be an ancient killing machine. And they may be premature in believing it dead.


“Well, the question is-how could the mammoth freeze so quickly in a spot warm enough for buttercups to bloom?”

Suddenly Marshall understood. “A downdraft of cold air. Caused by an inversion layer.”

Faraday nodded. “Super-cold arctic air.”

“I see where you’re going. Because when your mammoth froze, it must have been summer, based on the buttercup. But here-in the dead of winter-“ Marshall stopped.

For a moment there was silence. Then Chen continued. “Flash-freezing.”

Terminal Freeze,” added Faraday.


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Amazon Rating-US: 3.65 out of 5 stars based on 274 ratings

Amazon Rating-UK: 3.90 out of 5 stars based on 10 ratings

GoodReads Rating: 3.74 out of 5 stars based on 9,467 ratings

Barnes & Nobel Rating: 3.80 out of 5 stars based on 145 ratings

Library Thing Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars based on 221 ratings

Total Score 3.73 (updated 4/8/16)

 

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Third_Gate#3-The Third Gate- 2012

First Line:

The doctor helped himself to a cup of coffee in the break room, reached for the cylinder of powdered creamer on a nearby counter, thought better of it, then poured in some soy milk from the battered refrigerator instead.


Characters

Jeremy Logan

Ethan Rush: Anesthesiologist /emergency room doctor who starts a center known for studying near death experiences

Jennifer Rush: Wife to Ethan Rush who experience a near death experience

Porter Stone: Treasure hunter and head of the Sudd/Narmer expedition

Christina ‘Tina’ Romero: Lead archeologist

Fenwick March: Head archeologist for the dig

Flinders Petrie: Archeologist and Egyptologist


The Setting

A swamp region known as the Sudd located in South Sudan


Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god- king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all—Narmer’s crown—might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer’s is the elusive “double” crown of the two Egypts, supposedly pos­sessed of awesome powers.

The dig itself is located in one of the most forbidding places on earth—the Sudd, a nearly  impassable swamp in north­ern Sudan. Amid the nightmarish, disorienting tangle of mud and dead vegetation, a series of harrowing and inexpli­cable occurrences are causing people on the expedition to fear a centuries- old curse. With a monumental discovery in reach, Professor Jeremy Logan is brought onto the project to investigate. What he finds will raise new questions . . . and alarm.


Romero took back the photo of the inscription, glanced at it. “ ‘Any man who dares enter my tomb,’ “ she translated, “ ‘or do wickedness to the resting place of my earthly form will meet an end certain and swift. Should he pass the first gate, the foundation of his house will be broken, and his seed will fall upon dry land. His blood and his limbs will turn to ash and his tongue cleave to his throat. Should he pass the second gate, darkness will follow him, and he will be chased by the serpent and the jackal. The hand that touches my immortal form will burn with unquenchable fire. But any in their temerity pass the third gate, then the black god of the deepest pit will seize him, and his limbs will be scattered to the uttermost corners of the earth. And I, Narmer the Everliving, will torment him and his, by day and by night, waking and sleeping, until madness and death become his eternal temple’ “.


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Amazon Rating-US: 3.83 out of 5 stars based on 596 ratings

Amazon Rating-UK: 4.71 out of 5 stars based on 17 ratings

GoodReads Rating: 3.60 out of 5 stars based on 9,113 ratings

Barnes & Nobel Rating: 3.90 out of 5 stars based on 131 ratings

Library Thing Rating: 3.37 out of 5 stars based on 175 ratings

Total Score 3.66 (updated 4/8/16)

 

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Forgotten_Room#4-The Forgotten Room- 2015

My review of the Forgotten Room

First Line:

It was perhaps the most unusual sight ever beheld on the august and stately grounds of the Glasgow Institute of Science, founded in 1761 by grant charter from George III.


Characters

Jeremy Logan

Willard Strachey: A computer scientist that committed suicide and is the focus of Logan’s visit to the Lux

Gregory Olafson: Director of the Lux

Roger Carbon: Evolutionary psychologist that was Logan’s nemesis during his tenure at the Lux

Perry Maynard: Vice director of the Lux

Kim Mykolos: Strachey’s research assistant

Pamela Flood: Architect involved in renovation of the West Wing

Laura Benedict: Quantum computer expert


The Setting

Near Newport, Rhode Island


Jeremy Logan 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.


The discovery of the forgotten room, along with its overpowering foreignness and mystery, had affected him more than he’d initially realized. He had awoken that morning with an uncharacteristic sense of listlessness, as if he did not know what to do next or where to turn.


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Amazon Rating-US: 4.05 out of 5 stars based on 834 ratings

Amazon Rating-UK: 3.63 out of 5 stars based on 8 ratings

GoodReads Rating: 3.66 out of 5 stars based on 6,764 ratings

Barnes & Nobel Rating: 3.90 out of 5 stars based on 24 ratings

Library Thing Rating: 3.52 out of 5 stars based on 85 ratings

Total Score 3.70 (updated 4/13/17)

 

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full_moon#5-Full Wolf Moon- (Expected Release Date May 16, 2017)

First Line:

At seven thirty in the evening Palmer stopped for another snack-handmade gorp and an energy bar from the lid pocket of his backpack.


Legends, no matter how outlandish, are often grounded in reality. This has been the guiding principle behind the exhilarating career of Jeremy Logan, the “enigmologist”–an investigator who specializes in analyzing phenomena that have no obvious explanation–previously seen in The Forgotten Room, The Third Gate, and Deep Storm. Logan has often found himself in situations where keeping an open mind could mean the difference between life and death, and that has never been more true than now.
    

Logan travels to an isolated writers’ retreat deep in the Adirondacks to finally work on his book when the remote community is rocked by the grisly discovery of a dead hiker on Desolation Mountain. The body has been severely mauled, but the unusual savagery of the bite and claw marks call into question the initial suspicions of a wild bear attack. When Logan is asked to help investigate, he discovers no shortage of suspects capable of such an attack–and no shortage of locals willing to point the finger and spread incredible rumors. One rumor, too impossible to believe, has even the forest ranger believing in werewolves. As Logan gets to know the remote deep-woods landscape, including a respected woman scientist still struggling with the violent loss of her father in these very woods, Logan realizes he’s up against something he has never seen before.

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