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The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why? That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton MalThe tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why?That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address. Logging on, he sees Cassiopeia Vitt, a woman who’s saved his life more than once, being tortured at the hands of a mysterious man who has a single demand: Bring me the artifact she’s asked you to keep safe. The only problem is, Malone doesn’t have a clue what the man is talking about, since Cassiopeia has left nothing with him. So begins Malone’s most harrowing adventure to date; one that offers up astounding historical revelations, pits him against a ruthless ancient brotherhood, and sends him from Denmark to Belgium to Vietnam then on to China, a vast and mysterious land where danger lurks at every turn....

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The Emperor's Tomb Reviews

  • Jeanette
    2019-04-03 06:07

    This is my least favorite of the Cotton Malone series. I'm grudgingly giving it three stars because I respect the research and travel Steve Berry did prior to writing the book. I did learn some interesting things about China and its history, and also discovered that there are some debates about the nature of what we consider fossil fuel. As for the story, though, it was just too muddled and confusing. I could never keep track of who was on whose side and who was double-crossing and who was good and who was bad and who had power and why they had it. There was no feeling of satisfaction when I finished the book. More like a feeling of relief, because I had a hard time making myself finish. I probably won't continue with the series. It's getting a little repetitive and predictable.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-25 01:11

    Emperor’s Tomb by Steve Berry (pp. 480)When the best thing you say about a thriller is that’s well researched, you know you’re in trouble. Cotton Malone and Cassiopeia Witt return in Berry’s sixth book to take the reader on a clunky journey to rescue a boy (weak premise at best) and get involved in a deep behind the scenes political intrigue in China.From the start the premise misses the urgency of a thriller. The backroom politics of multiple Chinese men from the same areas of government seeking power by tracking the same item is so subtle and interwoven that it’s difficult to keep up with untagged dialogue. Cuts between the over adrenalized Malone and Witt in contrast feels like a rocking ship thrashing you about. The evil entity being blamed on a conspiracy perpetrated by a 2000 year old group of eunuchs called the Ba feels like Dan Brown’s evil albino. Which by extension feels like a lame, lazy premise.Berry does a nice job of writing Chinese travelogue. He covers a wide variety of towns and hits on many of the cultural and religious elements of the region. Much of the material is similar to what you’d experience in a Comparative Religion class. The modern element of abiotic oil is timely and contrasting with the Russians is thought provoking despite the plot and narrative.Berry’s afterword is more telling than the book itself. Each book takes him to a new region and he does heavy travel to get settings and details to pop. But at this point, it’s at the expense of the story. His books continue to feel like cobbled together notes from a great vacation instead of a well-developed story.Berry is releasing the next in the series next month. And I will likely read it, too. I blame Dan Brown. There’s a lack of good offerings in the genre lately. Maybe the problem is less to do with writing and more to do with early success and writing contracts. Thank the heavens for eBooks. At least I’m not killing trees for the privilege.

  • Miles
    2019-04-08 06:03

    When I grow up I want to be Cotton Malone!There I’ve said it – I feel better now – now that I’ve been true to myself – I am Spartacus - I am Cotton Malone! If only life was that easy and exciting! The world would be a better place and I’d go to work satisfied that I’d made a difference!Long before I opened Steve Berry’s “The Emperor’s Tomb” I knew I wanted to read it! Not only did it sport an incredibly seductive and colourful book jacket (UK version infinitely better than the US version) but the subject matter was just up my street – adventure, danger, spies, double crossing, an infinite amount of travel and a second hand bookshop owner – not necessarily in that order – what more could a guy want?!“Hearing that his old friend Cassiopeia Vitt is in trouble, Malone follows the few clues he has and realises that they are in the middle of something huge, involving Russian and US oil interests and a centuries-old secret. After stumbling across two dead bodies and into the crosshairs of his former boss, Malone finds himself in a race to unravel the mystery of an emperor's tomb, a sinister society, and a deadly battle between two ruthless men for supremacy in China - and the world.”My first introduction to the master of suspense – Steve Berry – I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but by the time I’d finished the enticing Prologue I knew I was in for the ride of my life – I was well and truly hooked. Crossing a rickety bridge in the middle of nowhere, our protagonists meet danger head on when disaster strikes. The bridge disintegrates and Cotton Malone is left clinging for dear life – reminding me of a predicament Indiana Jones also found himself in in “The Temple of Doom” - it certainly made me smile. The world has been fascinated by the terra-cotta army ever since its discovery by three farmers, out digging holes to find water, in 1974. Berry utilises this fascination to great effect in “The Emperor’s Tomb” with a wonderful descriptive narrative that places the reader deep within the terra-cotta chambers in Xi’an, Shaanxi province in China – close your eyes and you can almost feel Qin Shi, China’s first Emperor’s, presence in the afterlife. It’s hard to believe that Berry, in the writer’s notes at the end of the book, confesses he’s never been to China due to time constraints.Full Review on my blog:- http://www.milorambles.com/2011/04/04...

  • Patrice Hoffman
    2019-04-12 01:00

    I won't write a full review since I was only reading this for fun but I still feel compelled to throw my thoughts into the fray. I only have a few reasons why anyone should read this and those reasons are as followed:1. You're a Steve Berry fan or Cotton Malone series fan!2. It's fast, fun, and typical Berry...(which can sometimes be a bad thing if you're persnickety)3. There is constant action coupled with pretty interesting historic facts yet those moments do not slow down the pace to a snails speed like other historic fiction can do.4. It's Steve Berry and I stand by my assessment that he is the thinking man's Dan Brown.That is all!

  •  Olivermagnus
    2019-03-22 05:55

    This is the sixth book in a series featuring retired Justice Department operative Cotton Malone. He receives an intense video of his friend, Cassiopeia Vitt, being waterboarded and knows he has to do whatever he can to save her. This set up Malone for one of his most traumatic adventures. He will travel from Denmark to Belgium to Vietnam and then on to China where he will be tested by ruthless ancient brotherhood.It turns out several groups are searching for an artifact that is important to the Chinese. They are looking for an ancient winged dragon lamp, originally stolen from the tomb of the first Emperor of China. Both Karl Tang and Ni Yong are just a step away from becoming China's new Premiere, a position of power that will allow either man to set foreign policy for their country. Tang is of the opinion that China should remain unwilling to work with any foreign power, believing in the natural expression of totalitarianism. He would also strictly enforce laws and exact severe punishments for breaking them. Ni, on the other hand, would pursue peaceful international relations and permit some local democracy.I really enjoy this series but for some reason I just wasn't riveted by the action. I felt like Cotton was a secondary character until the last third of the book and it could easily have been edited down a hundred pages for a better flow. Nevertheless, Steve Berry does a great deal of research and incorporates compelling facts into his action novels. While not my favorite, it was still an interesting story and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • Piyangie
    2019-04-17 05:10

    Only good thing was that I learned a bit of Chinese history. Apart from that, nothing impressed me. I virtually had to force my self to read and finish it.

  • Pamela
    2019-04-21 06:18

    For some reason, this book by Steve Berry did not grab me the way that his other books have. In it Cotton Malone teams with Cassiopeia Vitt and travels from the museums of Europe to the terra cotta soldiers of China to rescue a stolen child. They become embroiled in a power struggle between Ni (a moderate) and Tang (an extremist) as each determines to be the next leader of China. Pau, the leader of the Ba (an organization of eununchs seeking control of China), forces this struggle to a head while double agent Viktor plays both ends against the middle. Maybe the book didn't grab because so much Chinese history, philosophy, politics, beliefs, geography, etc. had to be explained to the western reader, rather than allowing the plot to carry the reader. The trickery in the politics and philosophies was also complicated--even Cotton Malone said that he didn't understand it all--though much of the plot boiled down to oil. The novel covered a lot geographically, and the escapes were a bit trite. Somehow, though, this book might be a better action-espionage movie than book. Just think what scenes from China could be included in this! The best part of the book was the notes from the author explaining what was true and what was fiction---and that part was worth it all.

  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    2019-03-22 07:58

    A fast-paced thriller, The Emperor’s Tomb by Steve Berry is the 8th book in the Cotton Malone series and it pulls you from the moment Cotton is faced with having to save Cassiopeia Vitt’s life in exchange for an ancient Chinese artifact that different groups want and will do anything to get it in their possession. He’s soon drawn into a power struggle in China, which takes him from Copenhagen, Antwerp and to the most incredible cultural sites in China. The struggle between the two opponents, one a believer in Confucianism, the other in Legalism, could destroy the balance of power in China, which would affect the rest of the world.The difference between legalism and Confucianism is that, legalism demands harsh criminal sanctions that are consistent, so as to promote a cohesive society through fear, whereas Confucius demands firm, yet gentle leadership of a cultivated population, which will brings harmony through education in virtue.An outstanding and in-depth plot, filled with danger, suspense, twists and turns, double crosses, violence and death. The climax at the What made the story for me was the amazing detail of the culture and history facts of China. He interweaves the plot with historical fact so well – not just facts and figures – in such a way that had me wanting to find out more about the historical part and even had me look up abiotic oil!!!!!!!!!! And the part about Tiananmen Square..wow….I am totally serious….I did do a lot of “goggling”….wanting to see and know more about the subject in the plot. That’s what makes a great writer. To get you totally immersed in a world he creates!!!!And how brilliant….at the end of the book, he gives us a section where he tells us what fact is and what is fiction in the book!!!! I love that he does that with all his books.I love his writing style, his brilliant and unforgettable characters and the historical topics of his books.The only moan I have….wanted more of Cotton and Cassiopeia together..I hope that these two get together…I mean really together, in the future. A nice and surprise at the end…..and I can’t wait for the next book.

  • Giovanni Gelati
    2019-04-17 03:58

    Does Cotton Malone ever get to be behind the counter of his book store and actually sell a book to anyone? If so what would the book be and to what famous figure or character would he sell it? Fun thought? Well, since he didn’t sell any books this again, what exactly did he do with his bad self ?“The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why? That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address. Logging on, he sees Cassiopeia Vitt, a woman who’s saved his life more than once, being tortured at the hands of a mysterious man who has a single demand: Bring me the artifact she’s asked you to keep safe. The only problem is Malone doesn’t have a clue what the man is talking about, since Cassiopeia has left nothing with him. So begins Malone’s most harrowing adventure to date—one that offers up astounding historical revelations, pits him against a ruthless ancient brotherhood, and sends him from Denmark to Belgium to Vietnam then on to China, a vast and mysterious land where danger lurks at every turn. “ The good stuff first, and understand I am giving this five stars; I love the character. Cotton and company are just excellent characters and the dialogue is just really good. I admit to the fact that character driven fiction is my thing and this is right in my wheelhouse. Steve Berry has crafted a truly awesome character in Cotton Malone. The plotline was fun, filled with history and interesting tidbits. One can tell that Mr. Berry did some homework before penning this novel, and the Writer’s Notes clarified a few things for me at the end; I was grateful for them.The running gag about Cotton not getting the opportunity to sell books is fun. Maybe Mr. Berry can pull a Clive Cussler and be the guy that gets to buy the books from him in the next novel or do something that involves his non-profit organization, History Matters (As a prize, use the winner’s name in the novel, just an idea). Side note: I think that some of Mr. Berry’s readers have to be men and once a guy reads the ritual of the ancient brotherhood, well let’s just say that is all you need; it sticks in your head. I don’t need to have that reinforced throughout the novel, Ouch!!Check out his website for all things Steve Berry. He is in the middle of a book signing tour right now, get the places and times. http://www.steveberry.org/ *** This Novel DEBUTS @ #8 on The NYT Bestseller list on 12/12.What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Shelfari & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, Wattpad and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Amazon Banner on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com

  • Greg
    2019-03-30 07:01

    I'll quote from the author, age page 170 of the hardback: "But none of this makes sense." Yes, exactly. However, a 5-page "Writer's Note" at the end of the book contains fascinating historical information. Unfortunately, it takes 428 pages to get there and these 428 pages are so choppy- jumping from scene to scene so quickly- that I was unable to get a sense of a decent narrative story. Some authors are good at this style of writing, some not so good and use this style, in my opinion, to cover up the fact that none of it makes sense. I've liked other Berry books better.

  • Syndi
    2019-03-25 23:59

    not my kind of book.

  • Daniel Audet
    2019-04-08 00:15

    I finished this book a few minutes ago, and, among other writerly thoughts I'm walking away with an awestruck kind of respect for Berry's masterful use of multiple POV's as well his his fine tuned use of sweeping historical relevance in both his subplot and main storyline. Narration, dialogue, back-story - all woven into a spectacular tale. Love is the hardest thing to add to this kind of action thriller, in the sense that our hero Cotton Malone is, well, who he is. A capable "machine" of a man counted on by world governments to get the job done as an agent for the good guys. It's simply who he is. The added element of an equally capable female agent and potential love interest amid the complications of, oh, say, trying to stay alive 99% of the time is a huge plus and makes for high action on every level. This is one of, if not the best in the series so far and a book I highly recommend! Steve Berry sets the "bar" to astronomical heights with this masterwork of a novel.Ok, thriller fans, I'm 100 or so pages into this awesome story! The author doesn't disappoint with this tale either. Our hero Cotton, and a new and different and totally capable heroine, Ms. Vitt start us off up to their ears in intrigue and life threatening trouble. Stay tuned! I'm looking forward to starting this book later today. Steve Berry is a master of detail and a gifted story teller. His Cotton Malone character is a complex man, a man with issues who tries to do the right thing. Berry is one of today's top authors because he is a master of detail, which he integrates into sweeping historical sequences and heart pounding action. I'll let you know!

  • Elaine Seiler
    2019-03-21 05:14

    I loved it. If you enjoy an engaging story, against a fabulous landscape, with an amazing amount of history thrown in, this is for you. I have read a lot of books on China and I still learned a lot. A very intriguing picture of the socio-political conflict that has come down through the ages of Chinese history and brings us right into current time with the need for oil and authority being paramount. Steve tells a really good story....his characters are interesting and his descriptions of the Chinese historical sites are vivid. Yes, there is a bit of violence, but it is not overdone and I found it quite a manageable part of the whole tale. Escape for a few absorbing hours into Chinese history/ archaeology and intrigue.....and enjoy the adventure.......

  • Mary
    2019-03-21 05:19

    Berry brings China and its history to life with the lastest adventure of Cotton Malone. With lots of betrayals, and agents involved from the US and Russia and high ranking officials in China this mission gets really tangled over the retrieval of a little boy. Parts of the story are somwhat complicated and it gets a little tough to follow and you may find yourself re-reading parts of it. But I have found that in several of his books. However, I did like learning some of China's history.

  • RumBelle
    2019-04-07 07:55

    Not the most exciting of Steve Berry's books. The Chinese history angle is fascinating. However, the subplot about oil reserves is tedious, somewhat boring and makes the book too long. Overall, it has exciting moments, but it can be slow at points.

  • Lucie
    2019-03-25 02:51

    The history of China is long and varied, and a great deal of it comes into play in the plot of this book. Understanding of Chinese history and Chinese mindset is important in our world today. Since so much of this well researched book is accurate, it is an introduction to China for someone with no previous exposure. The story was well written, fast, and intense -- all things that go into making a good thriller. Not only do I highly recommend it, I think I shall go read the rest of the series, each one set in a different place.

  • İlkim
    2019-03-28 00:05

    Gereksiz uzattım, aslında güzeldi. Steve Berry'i en son çocukken okumuştum; çocukken ağır bir polisiye ve macera aşkım vardı gerçekten, o aralar tanıştığım bir yazar olmuştu. Bilge Kültür kitaplarını basmaya devam etmiş, pek haberim yoktu aslında. Bunu da kütüphanede görünce bir şans vereyim dedim. Bir Dan Brown romanından beklentileriniz her neyse onu bu yazarda da bulabileceğinizi düşünüyorum. Ayrıca Çin'in iç ilişkilerini ve tarihini anlatması bakımından da bir hayli ilgi çekici buldum.

  • John Bastin
    2019-04-20 01:10

    The story includes a long, slow slog through the history of China and its dynasties. Interesting information, if you care. To me, it just brought the flow to a crawl, and by the time I got to the ending, I really had lost all interest. Most of Steve Berry's books have been interesting and a learning experience; this one just didn't hit the mark for me.

  • Matt Halpern
    2019-04-07 04:01

    This was not one of my favorite books of the Malone series so far. It was difficult to keep up with the names and who was who.

  • Rbucci
    2019-03-29 01:01

    I haven't read a Steve Berry book in a while, and i forgot how Much i enjoy then. . This one didn't disappoint me.

  • John
    2019-04-09 08:10

    The sixth book in the Cotton Malone series disappointed me more than any sequel since Police Academy 2. It was the "Temple of Doom" of the series thus far. After this one, I'd gladly have just eaten an entree of "chilled-a monkey brains" for a chance to remember Cotton before this installment. After The Paris Vendetta, we confirm that Henrik Thervoldsen is indeed, seriously dead. Henrik was the (primary) billionaire whom Berry had relied upon to justify and finance his crazy antics and adventures. So author Berry has Cotton's former Magellan Billet boss Stephanie replace Henrik's tired role as puppet-master-of-all. We find Stephanie is suddenly able to dispatch untold millions of dollars and strong-arm other nations in a post-Saddam but pre-Snowden world to ensure the safety of Cotton, Cassiopeia Vitt, and whatever eunuch they carry along for their journey. N.B.: I find it curious that just a few years previous, the poor my-son-is-now-in-charge-of-the-Knights-Templar Stephanie had to beg, borrow, and steal for single a helicopter ride in the much-better-written "The Alexandria Link"Anyhow, Cotton's romantic feelings are told through the lens of a 12-year old boy experiencing his first, albeit late, first crush. The object of his desire is his one remaining billionaire friend Cassiopeia Vitt who just so happens to have a side-crush on quadruple-agent Victor. "Why did you kiss me." "I think I like you." (I may have read "Life is like a box of chocolates..." but maybe that was my imagination.) Berry goes so far as to place Cotton in repetitive schoolyard honor fights with Viktor over Cassiopeia while they are trying to get to the bottom of things (which may have been this book) in China. Victor, as he died after being shot by an arrow, turned to Cotton and said, "Just take care of her." So moving -- I almost laughed out loud in the Blue Line "hot car" on the ride home from work. I didn't know who to be more pissed at: Berry or WMATA. By the way, the whole Cotton-Cassiopeia romance thing was like reliving 5th grade. Or maybe even the 17th time a teenage age girl saw the ending of Titanic. (P.S. I don't cry anymore.)Cotton did confess that he was uneasy talking about or relating his emotions. However, his unease does not compare to the unease readers like me felt when they read them. Is this assessment harsh? Yes. I expected more from my former favorite author Steve Berry. I deemed him a gifted student and they should get graded harder. Up until this installment, I thought Berry to be the last-best-hope-against Dan Brown. I thought this in spite of his pot-shotted-I-wish-I-wrote-the-Cider-House-Abortion-Rules-The-World "The Third Secret." Silly me. Egg on my face. I will continue reading Cotton Malone. I just hope between now and the Tudor Plot/Secret that author Berry did and does better. I hope the next books: (1) don't have second-hand bookstore Cotton relying on multiple billionaire friends and (2) are steeped in historical unknowns like Berry's earlier works.

  • A.M. Dean
    2019-04-13 07:00

    I enjoyed this book, I really did — and I wasn't necessarily expecting to, since I have a bit of a hot-and-cold relationship with some of Berry's books, and even with this Cotton Malone series itself. But I found this a pleasurable, interesting, entertaining and fast-paced read, which hooked me in and drew me along right from the beginning to the end.Perhaps what I enjoyed the most was the heavy dosage of creative Chinese history and modern politics; these are really at the heart of the story, and Berry's more than done his research (as is usual). It's an area I know relatively little about, but clearly he does: and the facts flow freely and frequently, generally in a way that grips rather than distracts. Rarely did I feel I was being given a 'trip through the encyclopaedia' as I do with some writers: the facts fit nicely into the storyline and moved it along well.I was also very pleased with the lead 'new characters' in the book — i.e., those introduced in this novel that aren't part of the recurring character list in the series. Those returning characters, in fact, are quite disappointing in this novel: without having read the previous books, you'd really never get to know them at all in this story, and even for those of us who know them from previous books, they're really not fleshed out or brought to life here. But the new characters — the two men vying for political power in China; the mysterious Pau with his seemingly prescient knowledge of everyone's acts and motives — these are really nicely done, and extremely engaging, gripping characters. I found myself skimming quickly through the chapters and sections dealing with the series' stock characters, so I could get back to the exchanges with these new personas, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them.The pace is wonderful... never a slow moment, though perhaps a few melodramatic cliffhangers and some drawn-out chase scenes. But my single biggest qualm with the book was what appears (to me) to be a major plot hole [SLIGHT SPOILER FOR REMAINDER OF THIS PARAGRAPH:] The urgent pressure driving the whole novel is the need to obtain a sample of ancient oil so as to 'prove' that a theory of an alternative origin to oil itself through by comparison — but for the life of me I couldn't figure out why this comparison, this 'proof', really mattered to the characters involved. Either the alternative origins of oil are real or they aren't: that fact could simply be determined by digging. The need to 'prove' this seemed to drive everyone's attention and was the main push of the story; but again, I just couldn't figure out why it really mattered to any of them. With or without it, 'the proof would be in the pudding', as they say. [/END OF SLIGHT SPOILER]But apart from that, I did really enjoy the read. I'm grateful to Berry for an enjoyable few days spent roaming through territories — modern and ancient — that were new to me, at a nice pace and with a nice conclusion.

  • Angela Risner
    2019-03-30 00:16

    I panned Berry's last book, the Paris Vendetta. I was so disappointed in it.I am happy to say that I was very happy with The Emperor's Tomb. This book is a huge step back in the right direction, toward the Cotton Malone escapades we have come to know and love.First of all, Cotton seemed, well, like COTTON again. He just wants to sell his books, enjoying his quiet little life. But of course, that will not last, as he is soon pulled into a quest to save his dear friend and perhaps soon lover, Cassiopeia Vitt. Yes, she is back!Cassiopeia has been kidnapped and is being tortured (nice use of waterboarding there, Steve). She tells her captors that what they seek was handed off to Cotton. Cotton finds this fascinating, as he has no clue what that is. But he kind of loves her in his own way and he's willing to find out.Returning to this book are series regular Stephanie, Cotton's old boss that still seems to boss him, and Viktor, the double/triple/quadruple agent from the last book.What's new and fantastic is a look at China and its history. I admit, I did not know a great deal about the Chinese, Chairman Mao, and the political system there before the book. This story definitely piqued my interest and I want to continue to learn about them.As with most of his books, Steve Berry adjusts some facts (or makes them up) to suit the story, but I would say that about 95% of the book is based in fact. I absolutely love learning so much while I'm being entertained.The most interesting fact to come out of the book is the disagreement as to where oil comes from. Is it from fossil fuels or is it simply a natural occurrence? Well, there is a great deal of research that shows it doesn't rely on fossil fuels at all. You can read about it when you do search on "abiotic oil."Overall, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one.

  • Tony
    2019-04-06 03:09

    This book began with a very exciting prologue. I discovered much later, in Chapter 75, the exact same words, so it wasn't a Prologue, but an excerpt from much later.Unfortunately, there was very little between the "Prologue" and Chapter 75 to keep my interest, and little after.Goodreads lists this as Steve Berry's 6th Cotton Malone novel, but it was my 8th Steve Berry, so I guess two of his earlier ones didn't have Cotton Malone as the central character.I enjoyed all the previous ones, but this one was filled with inprobable chases and escapes, probably more than one per chapter, and there were a total of 82 chapters.It quickly grew very tedious and boring. Add that very much of the action took place in China with difficult-to-keep-track-of geographical locations and three main Chinese characters that I absolutely couldn't differentiate and the book, to me, was a total wash-out.I used to enjoy Patrica Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta novels, but somewhere between the novels Scarpetta and the Scarpetta Factor, (why two books in a row with almost the same title?) I totally lost interest and refused to read any more.I pray Mr. Berry does not take the same route, as I have two more of his novels bought new from Barnes and Noble facing me.

  • Nightowltoo
    2019-04-02 06:02

    Steve Berry's Emperor's tomb is escapist literature at its best. He hits all the required elements of the adventure/thriller genre - familiar recurring hero's (Cotton Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt), exotic locales (China and Belgium!?), historical mysteries (Chinese history and the 8000 man terra cotta army), chases gun-fire, explosions, women/children/fate of nations in jeopardy - without seeming stale.Fans of Berry will not be disappointed. Which of course begs the question - can a new reader start mid-series? I would have to give a qualified yes as the answer. You certainly can start the series with this book. There is no inherent need to understand the main characters relationships and backgrounds to understand and enjoy the current mystery/adventure. But if you haven't read the previous books you will miss out on the undercurrents of motivation, trust/mistrust, etc. Berry isn't the type of author who endlessly rehashes previous books (thanks goodness) he only gives a few brief memory nudges to help those of us who read the last book a year ago remember finer details. Great for people who have read the series, not as helpful for new-comers (

  • Kim
    2019-04-15 03:14

    The latest Steve Berry action-thriller takes Cotton to China with a conspiracy linking back to the first Chinese emperor. At first it reminded me a lot of The Tiger Warrior but thankfully went a different way and had it's own unique conspiracy.As usual with these books I enjoy them mostly for the history, spending half my reading time looking up articles on Wikipedia. There were some interesting historical facts I picked up interspersed with the usual action scenes. The relationship with Cotton and Cassiopeia, as well as the growing age of the characters makes me wonder how much more this series has in it and if Berry is working on a new series or if he might resurrect Miles or Rachel from his earlier booksAll in all it was another solid Indy book and I look forward to his next book soon.

  • Srinath Padmanabhan
    2019-04-13 02:52

    The book starts off with a chasing sequence in the snow clad mountains of Pakistan China border - a perfect start for a action packed novel. Then gradually the story moves into the actual plot - a power struggle betweem 2 leaders of China and how Malone and Cassiopeia come in the line of fire. The book moves at a relatively fast pace as it is being narrated from different point of views. Even if one is slower, it lasts only for 3-4 pages and the next chapter compensates for it.There are so many double agents that I lost track of who was on whose side. There were some portions about chinese history and politics which I could not comprehend completely but overall a decent action packed thriller.

  • Lee
    2019-04-13 04:07

    I love Steve Berry books! Always have enough history and interesting facts to make you want to believe. You know A is true and B is true - does that make C true - and if so what an interesting world we can build. This one was set in China - much of it centered around Xian and the terra cotta warriors. I have been lucky enough to visit China twice and the warriors are one of the most amazing sights I have ever seen. The look at the Chinese personality was interesting - but I thought a bit off base. Also - 8 is their lucky number not 9. But picky-picky. A great book, now need to start the next one.

  • Erin
    2019-04-07 05:03

    For those of you who follow my reads, you know that I'm a big Steve Berry fan. I love the way he takes historical mysteries and conspiracy theories and brings them to life. The Emporer's Tomb did not disappoint. This was his first major foray into Asia, and I found it to be very interesting. I am, however, wondering how long he will be able to continue on with his character, Cotton Malone. The poor old guy seems to be getting tired, and just wants to sell books. It may be time to put the Magellan Billet to rest and come up with a new character.

  • Randall Christopher
    2019-04-14 04:50

    This books starts out strong, with Malone finding an email showing Vitt tied up and a mysterious man demanding Malone give him something. The only problem is that Malone has no idea what he needs to give. Vitt's character really grows in this one and the love intrigue, and triangle even, really helps pull the plot along when it starts to dull. The final confrontation is very memorable as well, but I can't say I really remember much in between the strong beginning and end. I do remember I enjoyed it and the history really kep my interest when the plot didn't.