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The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry
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Sep 29, 10

Read in September, 2010

Former Magellan Billet agent Cotton Malone has a genuine but complicated attraction to the exotic Cassiopeia Vitt. So when someone sends him realtime video of her being waterboarded, and demands that Cotton meet with agents to give back what she gave him — which was nothing, actually – he springs into action to save her life, as well as solve the puzzle of what she had, and who she took it from.

Finding the answer to that question brings him into contact with old friends and foes, as well as some very suspicious persons, all looking for an incredibly important piece of China’s history -- one that holds a secret that will determine that country’s immediate future, and ultimate fate...

In the grand tradition of Steve Berry’s other Cotton Malone novels, The Emperor’s Tomb is a high-stakes chase across history and Continents. But it could have been a much better and tighter read if Berry had trimmed a lot of needless philosophical and historical debate, and stuck to the excellent mix of speculative history and action-packed, international excitement that make his better books truly sing. It will be a must for Berry fans, just not a good introduction to the series as a whole.

From a longer review, here.

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