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The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry
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Sep 29, 2011

really liked it
Read from September 24 to 28, 2011

This was my first Steve Berry book. The novel goes into a lot of detail about China's history and culture, which is good if you don't know much about China. As much of the story occurs in China there is a solid backdrop of it's history and peoples. Malone and his woman, Cassiopeia Vitt, are on the hunt for an ancient Chinese artifact that she must produce to save her Russian friend Sokolav's son, whom has been kidnapped. Meanwhile there is a war for domination between two of China's leading contenders to become Premier and the interference of an ancient sect, which has their own agenda. The book includes a short story at the end, which explains how Cassiopeia met Sokolav and why she feels she owes him. I would read another Steve Berry novel.

Perhaps Berry tries to infuse too much history, philosophy and international politics all into one book. All fiction books should have some research, but Berry may have gone overboard with this one. Fictional novels should be 90% imagination and 10% research. Too much reality can be a bad thing in a fictional novel.
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