The Emperor's Tomb

The Emperor's Tomb

A Novel

Large Print - 2010
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That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address. Logging on, he sees Cassiopeia Vitt, a woman who's saved his life more than once, being tortured at the hands of a mysterious man who has a single demand: Bring me the artifact she's asked you to keep safe. The only problem is, Malone doesn't have a clue what the man is talking about, since Cassiopeia has left nothing with him. So begins Malone's most harrowing adventure to date, one that offers up astounding historical revelations, pits him against a ruthless ancient brotherhood, and sends him from Denmark to Belgium to Vietnam then on to China, a vast and mysterious land where danger lurks at every turn.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2010.
ISBN: 9780739377918
0739377914
Branch Call Number: LT FIC BER
Characteristics: p. (large print) ; 24 cm.

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rb3221
Mar 25, 2016

This is a thrilling adventure with constant action coupled with interesting historical facts about China. But it is a slightly confusing story trying to keep track of the plot and who was on whose side. An integral and key component of the story is the information about the very nature of oil: is it biotic or abiotic.
Also very interesting are the author's end notes discussing the fiction and non-fiction aspects of his story. Occasionally a slow read but mostly worthwhile. I will try another Berry novel with Cotton Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt.

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BlueHippo
Jun 01, 2015

Another enjoyable read-however, this was not my favorite of all the Steve Berry books I;ve read. First of all, there was much too much repetition, especially of descriptions of scenery and the inside of the tomb. Secondly, who in the world is Ivan? I'm reading along and all of a sudden there's this character named Ivan - no introduction, no explanation, nothing. I guess I am supposed to remember him from an earlier book (and I have some vague recollection of someone by that name, but hey, help me out here!). Ivan does not have a major role in this book and is only mentioned off and on about 4-5 times. But I found this annoying-the book would have read more easily if Ivan simply weren't there! Every time Ivan was mentioned it disrupted my reading-I kept trying to go back and find some reference to him that would give me some more details of who he is and why he is showing up in this book. Very annoying! And, as always, the "author's note" was a fun reward at the end of the book

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BlueHippo
May 23, 2015

Another enjoyable read-however, this was not my favorite of all the Steve Berry books I;ve read. First of all, there was much too much repetition, especially of descriptions of scenery and the inside of the tomb. Secondly, who in the world is Ivan? I'm reading along and all of a sudden there's this character named Ivan - no introduction, no explanation, nothing. I guess I am supposed to remember him from an earlier book (and I have some vague recollection of someone by that name, but hey, help me out here!). Ivan does not have a major role in this book and is only mentioned off and on about 4-5 times. But I found this annoying-the book would have read more easily if Ivan simply weren't there! Every time Ivan was mentioned it disrupted my reading-I kept trying to go back and find some reference to him that would give me some more details of who he is and why he is showing up in this book. Very annoying! And, as always, the "author's note" was a fun reward at the end of the book

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moonbird
May 08, 2013

He's done a fair job of dispelling some of the myths about China's founding and its first emperor. If you want to read more on the subject, have a look at The School of Sun Tzu.

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rahmmie
Jan 24, 2012

Compared to other books by Berry, I think this is one of his best. It's not a "great" read, but at least he keeps the plot within the range of credibility and doesn't manipulate events and characters so that they are forced to fit the plot

rlbecker Apr 04, 2011

This series just keeps getting better. There is an exceptional amount of danger and intrigue played out between the characters in this story. Cotton Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt are at their best in this thriller. The Chinese and Russian agents and politicians are scary and believable. The story concerning the Chinese emperor's tomb is full of action. You learn a lot of history in these tales too.

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emerge
Mar 10, 2011

The further adventures of Cotton Malone. This is one of those great, dependable series (think John Sanford, Barry Eisler, Dennis Lehane & Lee Child) that always delivers. He's the kind of guy you'd want in your corner.

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Olympia
Feb 08, 2011

Pretty light compared to his other books.

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redwallflower
Feb 04, 2011

This is a faced-paced, easy read. It's not my favourite in the Cotton Malone series, although I do give a great deal of credit to Berry for the incredible amount of research he conducted for this novel. It is chock full of historical information about ancient China. This book is worth the read for that alone!

debwalker Jan 26, 2011

Chris Zylka, star of the upcoming Spider-Man movie was snapped with THE EMPEROR'S TOMB by New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry.

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SEBoiko
Mar 30, 2013

Governing China seemed like flying a kite on a windless day.

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SEBoiko
Mar 30, 2013

Do you know the tale of the crafty fox caught by a hungry tiger?

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SEBoiko
Mar 24, 2013

Gravity never loses.

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SEBoiko
Mar 24, 2013

Fear keeps you humble, and humility makes you wise.

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