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The Emperor's Tomb (Cotton Malone #6)

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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 Mal...more
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published 2010)
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Emperor’s Tomb by Steve Berry (pp. 480)

When the best thing you say about a thriller is that’s well researched, you know you’re in trouble. Cotton Malone and Cassiopeia Witt return in Berry’s sixth book to take the reader on a clunky journey to rescue a boy (weak premise at best) and get involved in a deep behind the scenes political intrigue in China.

From the start the premise misses the urgency of a thriller. The backroom politics of multiple Chinese men from the same areas of government seekin...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This is my least favorite of the Cotton Malone series. I'm grudgingly giving it three stars because I respect the research and travel Steve Berry did prior to writing the book. I did learn some interesting things about China and its history, and also discovered that there are some debates about the nature of what we consider fossil fuel.
As for the story, though, it was just too muddled and confusing. I could never keep track of who was on whose side and who was double-crossing and who was good...more
When I grow up I want to be Cotton Malone!

There I’ve said it – I feel better now – now that I’ve been true to myself – I am Spartacus - I am Cotton Malone! If only life was that easy and exciting! The world would be a better place and I’d go to work satisfied that I’d made a difference!

Long before I opened Steve Berry’s “The Emperor’s Tomb” I knew I wanted to read it! Not only did it sport an incredibly seductive and colourful book jacket (UK version infinitely better than the US version) but th...more
Patrice Hoffman
I won't write a full review since I was only reading this for fun but I still feel compelled to throw my thoughts into the fray. I only have a few reasons why anyone should read this and those reasons are as followed:

1. You're a Steve Berry fan or Cotton Malone series fan!

2. It's fast, fun, and typical Berry...(which can sometimes be a bad thing if you're persnickety)

3. There is constant action coupled with pretty interesting historic facts yet those moments do not slow down the pace to a snails...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
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A fast-paced thriller, The Emperor’s Tomb by Steve Berry is the 8th book in the Cotton Malone series and it pulls you from the moment Cotton is faced with having to save Cassiopeia Vitt’s life in exchange for an ancient Chinese artifact that different groups want and will do anything to get it in their possession.
He’s soon drawn into a power struggle in China, which takes him from Copenhagen, Antwerp and to the most incredible cultural sites in China.
The struggle between the two opponents, on...more
Giovanni Gelati
Does Cotton Malone ever get to be behind the counter of his book store and actually sell a book to anyone? If so what would the book be and to what famous figure or character would he sell it? Fun thought? Well, since he didn’t sell any books this again, what exactly did he do with his bad self ?
“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...more
Daniel Audet
I finished this book a few minutes ago, and, among other writerly thoughts I'm walking away with an awestruck kind of respect for Berry's masterful use of multiple POV's as well his his fine tuned use of sweeping historical relevance in both his subplot and main storyline. Narration, dialogue, back-story - all woven into a spectacular tale. Love is the hardest thing to add to this kind of action thriller, in the sense that our hero Cotton Malone is, well, who he is. A capable "machine" of a man...more
For some reason, this book by Steve Berry did not grab me the way that his other books have. In it Cotton Malone teams with Cassiopeia Vitt and travels from the museums of Europe to the terra cotta soldiers of China to rescue a stolen child. They become embroiled in a power struggle between Ni (a moderate) and Tang (an extremist) as each determines to be the next leader of China. Pau, the leader of the Ba (an organization of eununchs seeking control of China), forces this struggle to a head whil...more
Elaine Seiler
I loved it. If you enjoy an engaging story, against a fabulous landscape, with an amazing amount of history thrown in, this is for you. I have read a lot of books on China and I still learned a lot. A very intriguing picture of the socio-political conflict that has come down through the ages of Chinese history and brings us right into current time with the need for oil and authority being paramount. Steve tells a really good story....his characters are interesting and his descriptions of the Chi...more
A.M. Dean
I enjoyed this book, I really did — and I wasn't necessarily expecting to, since I have a bit of a hot-and-cold relationship with some of Berry's books, and even with this Cotton Malone series itself. But I found this a pleasurable, interesting, entertaining and fast-paced read, which hooked me in and drew me along right from the beginning to the end.

Perhaps what I enjoyed the most was the heavy dosage of creative Chinese history and modern politics; these are really at the heart of the story, a...more
Berry brings China and its history to life with the lastest adventure of Cotton Malone. With lots of betrayals, and agents involved from the US and Russia and high ranking officials in China this mission gets really tangled over the retrieval of a little boy. Parts of the story are somwhat complicated and it gets a little tough to follow and you may find yourself re-reading parts of it. But I have found that in several of his books. However, I did like learning some of China's history.
This book began with a very exciting prologue. I discovered much later, in Chapter 75, the exact same words, so it wasn't a Prologue, but an excerpt from much later.

Unfortunately, there was very little between the "Prologue" and Chapter 75 to keep my interest, and little after.

Goodreads lists this as Steve Berry's 6th Cotton Malone novel, but it was my 8th Steve Berry, so I guess two of his earlier ones didn't have Cotton Malone as the central character.

I enjoyed all the previous ones, but this...more
Kate L
Growing up, I was always trying to be just like my dad and copied everything he did. Most of the things I picked up on as I tried to emulate him have stuck with me in adulthood, not the least of which is my love of reading. Specifically adventure novels in the vein of Clive Cussler and slightly more political, Tom Clancy. I remember reading them in elementary school not really understanding them, but determined to muddle through so that I could discuss them with my dad. As I grew up, I understoo...more
For a book that takes the reader from Denmark to Belgium to Vietnam and finally to China, with a twisty plot involving ancient oil and killer eunuchs, The Emperor's Tomb should have been more exciting.

The conventions of contemporary action/adventure fiction can sometimes undermine the very tension that should be at the heart of this genre. One of these conventions is that every character has ulterior motives, to the point that you never really know which side anyone is on; the reader never reall...more
Steve Berry's Emperor's tomb is escapist literature at its best. He hits all the required elements of the adventure/thriller genre - familiar recurring hero's (Cotton Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt), exotic locales (China and Belgium!?), historical mysteries (Chinese history and the 8000 man terra cotta army), chases gun-fire, explosions, women/children/fate of nations in jeopardy - without seeming stale.

Fans of Berry will not be disappointed. Which of course begs the question - can a new reader sta...more
Angela Risner
I panned Berry's last book, the Paris Vendetta. I was so disappointed in it.

I am happy to say that I was very happy with The Emperor's Tomb. This book is a huge step back in the right direction, toward the Cotton Malone escapades we have come to know and love.

First of all, Cotton seemed, well, like COTTON again. He just wants to sell his books, enjoying his quiet little life. But of course, that will not last, as he is soon pulled into a quest to save his dear friend and perhaps soon lover, Cass...more
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The latest Steve Berry action-thriller takes Cotton to China with a conspiracy linking back to the first Chinese emperor. At first it reminded me a lot of The Tiger Warrior but thankfully went a different way and had it's own unique conspiracy.

As usual with these books I enjoy them mostly for the history, spending half my reading time looking up articles on Wikipedia. There were some interesting historical facts I picked up interspersed with the usual action scenes.

The relationship with Cotton...more
I love Steve Berry books! Always have enough history and interesting facts to make you want to believe. You know A is true and B is true - does that make C true - and if so what an interesting world we can build. This one was set in China - much of it centered around Xian and the terra cotta warriors. I have been lucky enough to visit China twice and the warriors are one of the most amazing sights I have ever seen. The look at the Chinese personality was interesting - but I thought a bit off bas...more
Randy Christopher
This books starts out strong, with Malone finding an email showing Vitt tied up and a mysterious man demanding Malone give him something. The only problem is that Malone has no idea what he needs to give. Vitt's character really grows in this one and the love intrigue, and triangle even, really helps pull the plot along when it starts to dull. The final confrontation is very memorable as well, but I can't say I really remember much in between the strong beginning and end. I do remember I enjoyed...more
For those of you who follow my reads, you know that I'm a big Steve Berry fan. I love the way he takes historical mysteries and conspiracy theories and brings them to life. The Emporer's Tomb did not disappoint. This was his first major foray into Asia, and I found it to be very interesting. I am, however, wondering how long he will be able to continue on with his character, Cotton Malone. The poor old guy seems to be getting tired, and just wants to sell books. It may be time to put the Magella...more
Joseph Perkins Jr.
The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry - 3.5/5 Having now read six of the nine novels in The Cotton Malone series, I have to say, first and foremost, I enjoyed The Emperor's Tomb! With that said, although it packed a punch and was very action driven, compared to the other Cotton Malone novels, it left something to be desired. Steve Berry does a wonderful job continuing with The Malone saga. He does what he does best by sending us on a world wide search, with non-stop action and adventure. Our hero Co...more
Eric Wright
For content that astounded me about Chinese history, I would give Berry a 5, but for writing, I would reduce that to a 3. So on average it is 4. The annoying part of the writing is the way Berry breaks up chapters into sometimes very small bits each from the perspective of another character or place. It gets wearying.

The plot revolves around former operative Cotton Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt, a woman who saved his life and is now being tortured at the hand of a mysterious man. Is she a love int...more
Abbie Ennis
Another great book in the Cotton Malone series, Mr. Berry does not disappoint.

At the end of the last book we were left mourning and wondering what would happen in the next is worth the wait and the ending well it is about time that happened but will it last we will have to wait and see.
I learned a lot about China, but the plot just wasn't doing it for me. I respect the author for this work but I found it dragging on.
I just didn't like being tossed from one character to another. It was also hard to tell who was on who's side.
Doris Pearson
Suggested read by the library.. Exciting non-stop action.. Learned a lot about China and their history. Now I want to read the rest of the Cotton Malone series. Steve Berry writes ""good""!
Abdelaziz Maldisa
The Emperor's tomb gave me valuable insights on Legalism and most especially, eunuchs. What has once been a curiosity revolving on Ottoman courtly seraglios governed by emasculated men developed into a lifelong interest in unique and bizarre cultural oddities. My first exposure on China's eunuchs was an old print of the Empress Dowager Cixi carried by effeminate men. Driven by curiosity and a whole lot of Internet pages devoted to this , I gleaned the important role made by this elite minority i...more
My favorite stories involve Cassiopeia Vitt, this one is no exception. The author threw in a little Viktor Tomas to mix things up a bit and came out a winner.
Kris P
I have to admit that after reading the previous book featuring Cotton Malone, The Paris Vendetta, I was a little bit wary of this book. Would it meet the high standards that I have come to recognise in Steve Berry's books, or would it leave me once again feeling slightly disappointed. Fortunately I needn't have worried. Many of the old familiar characters are there, including Viktor Thomas from an earlier book. Set against a back drop of China, an internal power struggle, the burial mound of the...more
Bill Warden
This was a really good book. It was a little slow sometimes, but I still really enjoyed it.
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