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The Emperor’s Tomb by Steve Berry

February 18th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: November 16, 2010

Publisher: Ballantine Books

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Description from Goodreads.com: Hearing that his old friend Cassiopeia Vitt is in trouble, Malone follows the few clues he has and realises that they are in the middle of something huge, involving Russian and US oil interests and a centuries-old secret. After stumbling across two dead bodies and into the crosshairs of his former boss, Malone finds himself in a race to unravel the mystery of an emperor’s tomb, a sinister society, and a deadly battle between two ruthless men for supremacy in China — and the world.

I’ve been meaning to read a Steve Berry book for ages and when I saw this one and I found out it involved the first emperor of China, the terracotta army and lots of action I knew I had to read this one.  This is book 6 in the Cotton Malone series and I was told you do not have to have read the previous book to read this one.  While this is true and the story is a standalone story I feel like there were nuances in the relationships between Cotton, Cassiopeia and one other character that I was not getting due to missing their early meetings.  I definitely do want to go back and read the rest of this series.

The prelude opens up in the middle of the action and then you are taken back to a few days earlier to find out what led to prelude.  I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of this type of set up and I didn’t really see the need for it in this book.  The story was fascinating as we learn more about Chinese culture, history and I found myself so interested that I had to go look up several subjects to see if they were true or not.  I love when a story gets me that involved.  Be forewarned that the book switches from one situation to another frequently so one minute you are following Malone, the next Minister Tang’s movements, Ni’s movements, etc.  So if you are not a fan of that this book may be jarring.

Still for those who love a historical, action/suspense book this is one to check out!  The characters are all great and the twists and turns of the story will keep you on your toes.  I never knew who to trust until the very end.

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