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.
Professional artist, painting and listening to audio books at least a few days a week.
A Page Burner if you love historical, archeological mystery/thrillers. Didn't want this book to end. I am an artist, so all the cave paintings and incredible descriptions, left me wanting more........I had just finished Dan Brown's "Inferno" and was disappointed by all the "travel babble" and "running around" that took place as I found it very distracting from the story line and lost interest in the book at some point.
I read the reviews on this book, purchased it, read it, and I am now a Glenn Cooper fan, awaiting another "page burner".
There are strange and long explanations but they pan out. The means justifies the end.
Hugo and Luc offer an amazing relationship. But all the characters lead me on.
Amazing characterization. Female to female and male to male . Great job!
I'm not talented enough to describe the amazing characters, motives, and results. The book is worth it and so complete. An adventure!
I would love to meet some of these characters. The mistriss of the Abbey at the end is my favorite. She suffered and loved.
Easlioty in the top 10. A wonderful performance.
The leader of the prehistoric tribe was great.
Wow.Where to start. This is one of the best performances of the year. His accents, his correct pronunciation, his timing, this is the best. Revel in this.
Not really, but it sure had me hooked.
Don't delay and don't use other Cooper poor reviews to steer you wrong. This is a stunner,a and well worth the credit!
You should really like this one as well. I waited such a long time for more Glenn Cooper on Audible. Now - 2 new ones !! I really enjoyed the tale and the narrator really began to shine as the story continued. Excellent character voices and so many accents - done very well. The story keeps you interested right up 'til the end. I was so sorry it was over. So many tales within the tale. Don't miss this one if you like historically oriented, adventure fiction.
First I loved the description . Had all the makings of an excellent read.
Unfortunately the writing is not up to snuff. The dialogue moved the story along but there was not a single phrase or sentence that was worth lingering over and savoring. In fact much of it made me cringe. There was one section where two people were described as "star crossed lovers". This sort of hackney-ism is sprinkled throughout the text. It got to the point that I just wanted to get through it and be done.
The narration was a bit off as well. It sometimes seemed stilted and wooden and just a tad too slow. Although to be fair, it could be the narrator was wincing at the writing as well.
Sigh... hopefully off to greener pastures.
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. ; )
It is slightly above average
The archaeological tie in.
It's ergot time!
I am writing this review to comment on the reader- performer- narrator.
I almost could not tolerate listening to this book due to the performance. The over the top french pronunciation of the french characters names and towns and so forth annoyed me to the point of distraction. I do not speak french and I appreciate the inclusion of a bit of an accent, but here it was so thick and seemingly overdone that I still have no idea what the names of a few of the characters were. Almost returned the book because of this.
The narrator was excellent; the story could have been fantastic but became predictable. The author might have been unwittingly channeling Dan Brown. I would prefer to read the story over listening to it because there is a lot of skipping back and forth between centuries and I believe I could have kept all of the characters better organized in my head. Oddly, it was distracting to me - as a native American English speaker - to hear the narrator pronounce French names and places pronounced so authentically. When I read and hear the name "Hugo" in my head it sounds only remotely like the "Hugo" that comes out of the narrator's mouth and a few times I had to rewind to make sure that was the name he was saying and not a new character with a similar French name. That's just my personal experience being a monolingual American, though - it might not distract you! If you love Dan Brown-type stories, history, art, France, you may love 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.
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