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The Emperor's Tomb | [Steve Berry]

The Emperor's Tomb

The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why? 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.
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Publisher's Summary

The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why?

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.

©2010 Scott Berry (P)2010 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“Perfect for thriller fans and history buffs alike.” (David Morrell, on The Romanov Prophecy)

“Steve Berry gets better and better with each new book.” (The Huffington Post, on The Paris Vendetta)

“Controversial, shocking, explosive.” (Katherine Neville, on The Third Secret)

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    John V. Higgins, Jr. Bradenton, FL United States 03-12-11
    John V. Higgins, Jr. Bradenton, FL United States 03-12-11 Member Since 2004

    John V Higgins, Jr.

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    "I almost liked it"

    This title has a few things going for it - reasonably good plot, and EXCELLENT villains. However, the protagonists, all two or three of them, are both boring and implausible. I soldiered on as long as I could, bolstered by long views of the bad guys' side, but I finally had to remind myself that I would only waste a few dollars by forgetting the story and turning to some other book.

    I generally like Scott Brick as a reader, but this wasn't the kind of script that was good for him, even if the script was any darn good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Finnabair 12-08-10
    Finnabair 12-08-10

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    "A hodge podge of history with an erratic plot"

    I learned quite a bit about the history of China, but listening to this book was excruciating. The plot alternates getting the main characters in and out of impossible situations by invoking impossible solutions. Very little is believable or credible. Everybody alternates between being a bad guy and a good guy at some point; some make that transition several times.

    I would NOT recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Clancy, MT, United States 12-05-10
    Sue Clancy, MT, United States 12-05-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Didn't hold my interest"

    Didn't hold my interest; I did finish it but can think of many books I'd recommend over this.

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    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 04-20-11
    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 04-20-11 Member Since 2003
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    "A thin soup"

    Steve Berry has cooked a thin soup of alleged suspense and Chinese history, coupled with communist ideology and some REALLY BAD PEOPLE. I lost interest after about one third of the book but listened through it to the end anyway. Steve Berry is unable to create suspense in any section of this book. He tries to make the communists behave as really bad people, destroying valuable historical artifacts. Anyone who has actually been to China (and we are quite a few) knows the opposite is true. Mr Berry acknowledges in his afterword he has not even been to the locations in China he has used in the book. That makes less surprising he was unable to capture any part of the Chinese socitey or the background correctly in this book. My husband listened to this book as well, and when we compared notes afterwards, we were of the same (low) opinion. You can spend you time more wisely that listening to this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick OBrien Cibolo, TX 07-04-14
    Patrick OBrien Cibolo, TX 07-04-14 Member Since 2006

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    "One of his better books"
    What made the experience of listening to The Emperor's Tomb the most enjoyable?

    Love Scott Brick, I think I could listen to him read a phone book


    Any additional comments?

    Many of his book have significant logic gaps, I didn't catch one in this book. A previous book had this estate that two groups were taking helicopters too. The second group is arriving and landing in the only place suitable to land, yet there not sure if the other group is there yet. Hello, if there was only one place to land, the other one should have been sitting there as a clue. Later in the book both helicopters are there. So unless they have cloaking, that was bit of an opps.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Dearing, GA, United States 06-27-13
    Laura Dearing, GA, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Enjoyed the History"

    I enjoyed the historical parts of this book, and the story was ok, but I was very disappointed in the ending. I felt that after the build up the ending was flat. The history woven into the story was the best part of this book. The love story part was just sad. It's an ok listen for a long drive or if its on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly Altoona, PA, United States 08-21-12
    Shelly Altoona, PA, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great read."
    Where does The Emperor's Tomb rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a good listen. Gives some history and a great story to enjoy. At the moment the Cotton Malone series is one of my favorites to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ALLEN KAILUA KONA, HAWAII, United States 08-06-12
    ALLEN KAILUA KONA, HAWAII, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "fasinating story"
    What did you love best about The Emperor's Tomb?

    Each character was engaging and full of surprises.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott does a fantastic job narrating the story and his voice changes are impressive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely


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    Tamrya Nash OKC 07-08-12
    Tamrya Nash OKC 07-08-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Good"

    Not a complete attention grabber -- but was worth the time. Easy to pick back up if laid down.

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    Mr Clyde 06-21-12
    Mr Clyde 06-21-12
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    "Interesting facts But Too Wordy"

    Would Recommend an abbridged version To drawn out on story. SO SO book. Could not hold my interest

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