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Book 6, in the Cotton Malone series

The author has penned books dealing with many different countries and themes in his series, fans have been taken on escapades to France, the Sinai, Italy and Antarctica. This latest political thriller dispatched Cotton Malone, ex-Magellan Billet agent for the first time to the Far East, to the heart of the incredibly vast country of China. The novel is filled with historical information around Qin Shi Huang, China's First Emperor and the numerous innovations and accomplishments that have long been overshadowed because of the country's isolation and the tendency of one dynasty to eradicate all vestiges of the previous one. ''The Emperor's Tomb'' has resurrected within its story line the eunuchs and giving them an active part and a most predominant role. I must not forget it also touches on China's history on child trafficking and a most fascinating side-bar on fossil fuels.

Cotton's life is shattered when he opens an anonymous Web address and sees his long-time friend Cassiopeia being torture at the hands of a mysterious man who has one single demand: he wants the artifact he believes Cassiopeia gave him for safe keeping. However there is a big problem, he has no ideas what he is talking about nor has he any such item in his possession. But his skills as an agent and his curiosity kick in and his determination eventually takes him to China to rescue his friend.

After many harrowing escapes and being deeply involved in a titanic struggle for the leadership of the People's Republic of China, Cotton's quest to save his friend deeply changes their relationship for ever'..however not all those involved escape unscathed'.

'The 'Emperor's Tomb'' is an adventure that flows seamlessly and keeps a steady pace throughout. In a note at the end of the book the author has clarified the fine line between where he took his inspiration and in which sections the factual events are located. A cast of charismatic characters takes us on quite a trip into history and of course Steve Berry has spiced it up with his own twists.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon April 10, 2012
I have been a fan of Steven Berry for some time, as his books have generally been interesting and gripping page turners. Unfortunately, this one was a bit of a slog. With writing that is oftentimes choppy and a plot that strains the imagination, this book is simply not one of his best, though loaded with some interesting historical facts.

Featuring the recurring characters of Cotton Malone and his friend Cassiopeia Vitt, this book involves a trip to China for our hero and heroine. Of course, as always, there are evil forces afoot.

It seems that Cassiopeia has gone to China to help a friend find his young son, who has been abducted. Though it has been a while since Cotton has seen Cassiopeia, he goes to the rescue when she unwittingly becomes a pawn in political intrigue in China that involves two wily government ministers that are vying for power. It seems that there is also an ancient, secret cabal that is driving the intrigue.

Though I found my interest in the book waning, at times, due to the quality of the writing, the historical aspects were quite interesting. Still, I found myself putting the book down for periods of time, when the book became downright tedious, only to return to it. After all, I wanted to know what happened. It just was not the page turner by the author that I was accustomed to reading. Still, fans of the author should get a modicum of enjoyment from the book.
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on July 18, 2015
Not only a good story but interesting facts such as a more elaborate bit of information about eunochs. (Made me cringe when I read it). A book I really enjoyed.
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on June 20, 2011
This is one of the best wroks of Steve Berry, and he always surprises you with a new subject. His plots and story works very well and you're eager to read and find out what happens next. In Emperor's Tomb I really liked how Steve Berry developed more the caharacter of Viktor Tomas and through the book I was keep wondering which side he is on. Specially the final 10 chapters of the book were amazing, with suspence and intrigue. Another master piece by the master of thrillers!
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on June 30, 2014
I enjoyed reading the adventures of these 2 for the first time. Now onto their next book. Lots of adventure
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on October 21, 2015
Steve Berry is great as usual
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on June 5, 2015
I enjoyed it
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