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NOT HIS BEST....NOT HIS WORST...
on 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.