Abbey of Ruac, rural France: A medieval script is discovered hidden behind an antique bookcase. Badly damaged, it is sent to Paris for restoration, and there literary historian Hugo Pineau begins to read the startling 14th-century text. Within its pages lies a fanciful tale of a painted cave and the secrets it contains - and a rudimentary map showing its position close to the abbey. Intrigued, Hugo enlists the help of archaeologist Luc Simard and the two men go exploring.
When they discover a vast network of prehistoric caves, buried deep within the cliffs, they realize that they've stumbled across something extraordinary. And at the very core of the labyrinth lies the most astonishing chamber of all, just as the manuscript chronicled. Aware of the significance of their discovery, they set up camp with a team of experts, determined to bring their find to the world. But as they begin to unlock the ancient secrets the cavern holds, they find themselves at the center of a dangerous game. One "accidental" death leads to another. And it seems that someone will stop at nothing to protect the enigma of the tenth chamber.
©2010 Glenn Cooper (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I liked this one. It was well rounded, pulled together just when I thought I was lost. Suspense and surprises. I think you are on the road to being one of the better writers of these genres of our times. Henri...kudos to you. You brought the story alive for me. Listener, get it. Give this author a chance with this book.
I never read or even heard of Cooper before reading The Seventh Son and it was so good I am going through them all. Excellent story lines spanning millennia and nicely tied together in the end.
This Book was one that I found fast-paced with an interesting storyline there were parts of this storyline that reminded me of Clive Cussler book yet it was lacking in the high energy of a Clive Cussler book, so if you're looking for a good mystery in history then you'll enjoy this audiobook
Clever fountain of youth tale that spans centuries to reach its ""Hitchcock-like" conclusion. Wildly creative, the author seamlessly weaves centuries of information toward a single conclusion. I admit, it took two listenings to fully appreciate the story; there are a lot of players. The narration is excellent.
I enjoyed the premise of a long held secret passed on from generation to generation, and there were wonderful twists in the many subplots.
This is the first time I listened to Lubatti, and at first I thought I had made a mistake, but it became a happy mistake. While his narration itself was hard to get used to, he is fantastic at bringing the various characters to life with different voices. I am glad I stuck with the novel for the plot, but also for the performance.
Yes, and I pretty much did use any spare time I had to devour this book.
No. The author is on my "don't read" list; the presentation was good
Stronger plot and in particular a more plausible finish. The scenes in ~1300AD were uninteresting and added little.
Those involving Homo Sapiens were good as was start of story in modern times.
The story was predictable and plodded along.
Sort of. I'm not in the mood for a story that just goes on and on and on without a payout.
Most of the book.
Maybe someone will like it.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
While the description of this book may drag you in, the secret of the tenth chamber is kind of odd. The narration switches back and forth between present, medieval, and prehistoric times so if you are not paying close attention you wind up being lost at many chapters. People arrive in the book and then are killed off for no sensical reason. The reviews compare it to a Dan Brown book ( Davinci Code), but it is really not of that caliber.
While most books I purchase hook me and make me listen from beging to end, this one was almost a chore to get through it. I stopped and went to a different book only to return when I ran out of listens on my monthly subscription. If you want better suspense, listen to any one of the Harry Hole series (Jo Nesbo) rather than this. If you want to listen to well written book try Dickens or Middlesex.
I loved the premise ... archaeologists finding a prehistoric cave and the tie in to other eras. This provided the cave's history in the cultural context of other societies.
The conflict/conspiracy buildup was way too long. The main characters were supposed to be brilliant scientists but were so slow to piece together "random" events that I was annoyed by their lack of perspective even curiosity. Also some of the killing/violence seemed gratuitous and way over the top.
I only gave the performance 2 stars because of the heavy pronunciation of French names and places. As other reviewers mentioned, this made it really difficult to figure out who was doing what and where.
Tighten up the storyline. Increase the pace/flow. The book takes place in a relatively short time period especially the last third or so. But the writing seems to languidly proceed with no sense of the urgency of the event that is occurring.
I nearly gave up on this book about half way through. The story just really bogged down. But I finished listening to it on a long drive to a meeting. I just didn't feel like starting another book at that point. It didn't take a lot of concentration at the same time I was getting lost. ; )
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