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The Tenth Chamber by Glenn Cooper
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Feb 24, 11

bookshelves: mystery, thriller
Read from February 09 to 23, 2011, read count: 1

One of those Dan Brown cash-ins you seem to see everywhere around.

This one started off strongly but soon deteriorated. Cooper builds up the mystery surrounding the ancient cave very strongly, then adds in some Ten Little Indians-style murders which ratchet up the tension no end. Unfortunately, about halfway through the book that plot comes to an end, and then the author seems at a loss what to write about.

Annoyingly, he chooses to incorporate two other elements of history relevant to the contemporary story. One involves primitive man, the other some medieval priests. Both of these accounts are dry, dull and written like a boring history book. They add absolutely nothing to the story and could have been easily excised.

The modern-day thrills become increasingly unbelievable until Cooper shows his hand with a twist that's been pretty much obvious since the beginning anyway. The ending boils down to simple, well-worn components and a ton of contrivances. As a whole the book is far from impressive. I can't fault the research, but the whole thing seems to have been written on the fly.
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