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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

Critic Reviews

“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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The Emperor's Tomb

Fascinating story that I enjoyed reading since Asian History was my major for a Bachelor of Arts degree,

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Thought provoking

This is another in the series of triumphs by Stephen Berry. The underlying storyline is fascinating along with the international tradecraft where on any given day who knows an aly from a enemy. Berry is a skilled story teller. Brick has a voice that is like your grandfather telling you a tale. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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Boring.

Not his best work. Slow and hard to follow. Too confusing at times and easy to lose interest. Probably won't read another Cotton Malone book. All are too similar.

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  • tim
  • franklin, TN, United States
  • 04-18-15

Great continuation of the story

This was a great read / listen. The storyline follows the story concept masterfully. The world needs more people like Cotton Malone.

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Disappointing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I've enjoyed previous books in this series, and will likely try another; but this one was quite tedious. It was a meandering story that lost me quickly and I couldn't even finish. Too bad.

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Keep your friends close and your enemies closer!

The episode (in the life of Cotton) is action packed almost from the first word.

The mix of fact, fiction and fantasy is always intriguing.

Another good read from Steve Berry.

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Once Again

I find the story as well as the narration fantastic. I truly enjoy the Cotton Malone series and the way Steve weaves the twists and turns and facts and fiction to create a fascinating tale.

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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

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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.

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  • Laura
  • Dearing, GA, United States
  • 06-27-13

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.

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  • Shelly
  • Altoona, PA, United States
  • 08-21-12

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.