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Abbey of Ruac, rural France: A medieval script is discovered hidden behind an antique bookcase. Badly damaged, it is sent to Paris for restoration, and there literary historian Hugo Pineau begins to read the startling fourteenth-century text. Within its pages lies a fanciful tale of a painted cave and the secrets it contains - and a rudimentary map showing its position cloAbbey of Ruac, rural France: A medieval script is discovered hidden behind an antique bookcase. Badly damaged, it is sent to Paris for restoration, and there literary historian Hugo Pineau begins to read the startling fourteenth-century text. Within its pages lies a fanciful tale of a painted cave and the secrets it contains - and a rudimentary map showing its position close to the abbey. Intrigued, Hugo enlists the help of archaeologist Luc Simard and the two men go exploring.When they discover a vast network of prehistoric caves, buried deep within the cliffs, they realise that they've stumbled across something extraordinary. And at the very core of the labyrinth lies the most astonishing chamber of all, just as the manuscript chronicled. Aware of the significance of their discovery, they set up camp with a team of experts, determined to bring their find to the world. But as they begin to unlock the ancient secrets the cavern holds, they find themselves at the centre of a dangerous game. One 'accidental' death leads to another.And it seems that someone will stop at nothing to protect the enigma of the tenth chamber ......

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The Tenth Chamber Reviews

  • Julie
    2019-04-04 11:33

    I think I got a bit obsessed with Glenn Cooper this fortnight, after reading his first two earlier books about the Vectis Library. So in The Tenth Chamber, we are taken to remote caves in rural France where a great new discovery is made of early cave paintings. As a team descend to uncover its secrets the somone is not happy about them being made public.The beginning was interesting and I enjoyed learning a little about the Lascax paintings Auriganacian period, 32,000 years ago. Somewhere in the middle though I could sense where it was heading, and watched it descend into Dan Brown silliness. Still it is harmless fun, and better than the TV.

  • Nerine Dorman
    2019-04-09 10:12

    While this isn't the most earth-shattering read to land on my desk, Glenn Cooper nonetheless delivers an entertaining novel. Mixing historical periods (with a less raunchy nod to Jean M Auel's Earth's Children) Cooper presents us with Luc Simard, a dashing cad of an archaeologist. When a mysterious illuminated manuscript is discovered, Simard is discovers a cave that rivals the splendors of Lascaux. While the story is well told, I felt at times that the many disparate arcs that were combined verged on being contrived. Too many ingredients and not enough layering. This story would be better served as a screenplay for a thriller than a novel. That being said, it's the kind of easy read that should appeal to a wide readership. On a personal level, I just didn't relate to the characters save for Odile, whom I feel could have been developed further as she was by far the most intriguing of the people one encounters in the novel.

  • Marie
    2019-03-27 14:27

    In The Tenth Chamber, a heavily-damaged fourteenth century script is found behind a bookcase in an abbey. The map inside points at a cave with primitive, but astounding, paintings on its walls. The book is sent to Paris for restoration and that's where Hugo Pineau, a literary historian, first sees the book. He enlists the help of archaeologist, Luc Simard, to find the cave and decipher its secrets. Soon after the team assembles at the cave and the work begins, it's apparent that this discovery is extraordinary. However, all is not well as one accidental death becomes two and the team is put in harm's way. As the bodies pile up, it's up to the survivors to race against time to save the cave, preserve its secret while trying to stay alive. I really enjoyed this book. The story is engaging, extremely interesting and mostly plausible. Like his other books, Cooper jumps around to different time periods to tell the whole story. In this one, the story mainly takes place in the 12th century, 30,000 BP, and the present, with little forays into 1307 and 1899. While he doesn't present the story chronologically, it's pretty easy to follow. I love how the little clues add up to one stunning conclusion revealing the ancient secrets. The characters in this book were excellent. I really liked Luc, Hugo and Sara (from the present), but my favourites were from 30,000 BP. I don't think I've ever read a book where the characters were from that long ago. Cooper did a great job of depicting them and their lives. I did have a little trouble keeping track of some of the minor characters in the story, but after I made a list of them, it was much easier. My only complaint is that in a couple of places the book sometimes read like a history textbook rather than a novel. I know getting the background and history information in is necessary, but for me it doesn't make interesting reading. Remembering dates and events for those dates reminds me too much of school where history was not my forte. That didn't stop me from really enjoying the book. New words: scapular (page 6): a loose sleeveless garment worn by Christian monkscaldarium (page 11): Roman hot bathsibilant (page 45): producing a hissing soundpropitious (page 107): favourabledesiccating (page 133): remove the moisture from somethingcomity (page 142): courteous behaviorBP (240): used in archaeology it means years before the present as in 30,000 BP. Much like BC or BCE. maquisard (page 291): same as maquis, which is the French Resistance in WWII I've also read Cooper's two other books: Library of the Dead(my review) and Book of Souls(my review). I'd highly recommended both of these books. I think this is the weakest of the three, but still very entertaining and readable. Highly Recommended. Despite the fact that at times I felt like I was reading a text book, the rest of the book more than makes up for that. For more information about this book or to browse inside, please visit theHarperCollins Canada website.For more information about the author and his other books, please visit Glenn Cooper's website.I'd like to thank those nice people at HarperCollins Canada for this review copy. The Tenth Chamber by Glenn Cooper, HarperCollins, ©2010. ISBN 9781554688050(Trade Paperback), 345p.This review is also available on my blog, Daisy's Book Journal.

  • A.M. Dean
    2019-04-03 10:25

    I walked into Glenn Cooper's The Tenth Chamber a bit unknowing, not having read his other works, and I'll admit I was leery. Ancient cave art? Modern-set historical fiction that involves . . . St Bernard of Clairvaux, with Abelard and Heloise?But something compelled me to pick up the book despite my worries, and I'm profoundly happy I did. It turns out, The Tenth Chamber is one of the most enjoyable reads I've had this summer, commanding my attention for a solid 24 hours as I simply couldn't put it down.Cooper has artfully woven together a modern plot, a medieval historical thread (that brings some rather famous figures into a storyline that I rather suspect would surprise them!), as well as a second historical track that's far, far older. The story that results is mysterious, compelling, exciting, and a little bit haunting -- all adjectives that are only to be desired in a book of this genre.There are plenty of deaths and even explosions in The Tenth Chamber, but it isn't a book that relies on its 'action' to keep up its pace. What had me hooked was the sense of mystery, of time and secrecy: these are the things that had me turning the pages with such addictive speed and intensity.Cooper paints beautiful scenes, weaves together nicely suspenseful chapters, and tells a very good story. Highly, highly recommended and worth each of its five stars.

  • Graham
    2019-04-17 12:37

    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.

  • John
    2019-03-23 13:21

    Finished this book, but I am not sure what it was about. Is it a story of the discovery and preservation of prehistoric art in a French cave? Is it a story about French resistance ambushing a German train loaded with stolen WWII currency and artifacts? Is it a story about man's search for eternal life? Actually, it touches on all of these, and the end result is a high body count, a shadowy French intelligence agency, and a lot of questions.

  • Rusty Dalferes
    2019-03-30 08:13

    This was an enjoyable book, at least plot-wise. I would recommend it to anyone who likes thrillers, mysteries, or historical fiction (especially fiction that bounces among multiple different time periods in history). But I'll start with the mechanics. I can't say I'm a great fan of the writing, and only part of that is attributable to the fact that it comes from a British publisher. There's an almost pathological aversion to commas which can't merely be explained by differences in English usage between Americans and Brits. Cooper doesn't use the Oxford comma (which can be excused by difference in style), but he also almost never uses change-of-subject commas, and is inconsistent in his use of commas when introducing names (e.g., "my student, Pierre") - and this causes a lot of confusion when multiple of these comma errors appear in the same sentence. I cringed a lot at the misuse of direct or indirect objects (e.g.," smarter than her") and the use of phraseology like "purposely" (vs. "purposefully") or "very unique" (there is ALWAYS only one degree of "unique," since it means "singular, only"). Other editorial and typesetting mistakes were there, but not so widespread as the others. That said, it was a good read. The action was fast-paced, the historical interludes were well-timed, and the plot progressed well. There was a good mixture of historical, scientific, and even theological research that was apparent, and I came away from this novel having learned a few things that I didn't previously know. My favorite quote: "There is but one road to righteousness, but many paths converge on that road."All in all, it's a solid 3-star book that would have been a 4-star book but for my (at times overly picky) ID of grammar issues. I will definitely give more of Cooper's books a read.

  • Paige Turner
    2019-04-12 09:18

    In an abbey in rural France a medieval script is discovered hidden behind an antique bookcase. Badly damaged, it is sent to Paris for restoration, and there literary historian Hugo Pineau begins to read the startling fourteenth-century text. Within the pages lies a fanciful tale of a painted cave and the secrets it contains, including a rudimentary map showing its position close to the abbey. Intrigued, Hugo enlists the help of archaeologist Luc Simard and the two men go exploring.The men discover a vast network of prehistoric caves, buried deep within the cliffs and they realise that they've stumbled across something extraordinary. As they begin to unlock the ancient secrets the cavern holds, they find themselves at the centre of a dangerous game.One 'accidental' death leads to another and it seems that someone will stop at nothing to protect the enigma of the Tenth Chamber.Also have a look at Glen Cooper’s other two books ‘Book of Souls’ and ‘Library of the Dead’ – fantastic reads. All three are fascinating reads for those who enjoyed Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code”!

  • Neeuqdrazil
    2019-04-13 15:12

    This was an interesting read, jumping around in time from present-day to the 12th century to the distant past. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, it was a quick read. Luc (the protagonist) is not a likable character. He's obnoxious, misogynistic (which he blames on his father having mistresses when he was growing up), and actually, the whole book seemingly treats women as there to be used or rescued by men. There are only four women named more than once in the entire book - Sara (scientist, ex-lover of Luc's, has to be rescued), Odile (villager, has to be rescued), Oboas (wife, barely earns a mention), and Heloise (wife/nun, used and discarded). The more I think about it, the more this is bothering me. The other women are either mistresses (one scene starts with a character having sex with his mistress, who 'storms out' when he answers his phone during sex,) secretaries (consistently described as pretty) or wives who don't even merit more than single mentions. I was going to give this a 3, but on review, it only deserves a 2.

  • Janice
    2019-04-06 14:41

    This was an ambitious story that turned silly rather quickly. I say it was ambitious because it was a story depicting three different time periods that connected "the secret".The people guarding this secret claimed to be doing so out of patriotism for France, that they were protecting her treasures. What treasure could be more important than the discovery of a cave with pre-historic paintings? What could require such fervent protection in the name of patriotism? It wasn't worth finding out.I think I lost a few brain cells in the process of reading this one.

  • Alessia
    2019-04-08 15:30

    MA ANCHE NO.Sinceramente, mi aspettavo di meglio, dall’autore tanto osannato de ‘La biblioteca dei morti’. Forse dovevo iniziare proprio da quest’ultimo. La verità è che non avevo voglia di prendere un libro che avesse un seguito (e che quindi mi costringesse a precipitarmi in libreria a cercarlo, questo seguito, perché, a prescindere dal fatto che il capitolo iniziale di una ‘saga’ mi entusiasmi o meno, la curiosità di sapere ‘come va a finire’ poi mi rode finchè non trovo il modo di placarla, cioè leggendo il resto), cercavo quindi una storia autoconclusiva tanto per farmi un’idea sull’autore e decidere se valesse la pena poi di leggere anche le altre sue opere. Direi che a questo punto le probabilità che tale ipotesi si realizzi sono piuttosto remote.Oddio, la storia in sé sarebbe pure carina, anche se si riesce a scoprire quale sia questo incredibile segreto celato da migliaia di anni praticamente appena se ne comincia a parlare. Peccato però che niente di tutto il resto funzioni. Audace (in senso negativo però) l’idea di coinvolgere nella narrazione alcune vicende riguardanti i famosi Abelardo ed Eloisa, i quali - povere anime, nemmeno dopo 900 anni li lasciano riposare in pace! - di questa chiamata in causa avrebbero fatto più che volentieri a meno. Un romanzo di questo tipo (nel senso, scritto male ed elaborato peggio) non è certo il contesto ideale per rendere giustizia a due personaggi di una tale levatura. Ed infatti… lasciamo perdere che è meglio.Scontato, invece, il riferimento a Bernardo di Chiaravalle e ai suoi – indovinate un po’ - Cavalieri Templari; eh, ne sentivamo la mancanza. Ma non preoccupatevi, fortunatamente i nostri beniamini svolgono una parte assai marginale nel dipanarsi dell’intreccio, appena un accenno così, per stuzzicare l'attenzione; per cui - e la domanda, caro Glenn, qui sorge spontanea,- che bisogno c’era di tirarli in ballo? Per far contento Giacobbo? Sarete mica amici, tu e lui, eh? Che bella coppia di fatto sareste! Che poi, per carità, la sottoscritta apparterrebbe pure a quella schiera di persone che non appena scorge la croce rossa su fondo bianco va in brodo di giuggiole, e comincia a blaterare di quel venerdì 13 del 1307 saltando su un piede solo e sulle note dell’Aida. Ma a tutto c’è un limite, anche per una invasata come me; visto lo scempio che mi compie il caro Glenn con tutti gli altri personaggi, non oso pensare cosa mi avrebbe combinato se avesse deciso di cimentarsi anche con un Cavaliere Templare. Mon dieu.Ecco, appunto, i personaggi: la nota più dolente (praticamente una picconata sulle gengive farebbe meno male) dell’intero romanzo. Signore, che nervi. Che antipatia. Che orticaria. Tutti, dal primo all’ultimo (non se ne salva uno, NEMMENO I CATTIVI!), mi sono risultati, a scelta nell’ordine: banali, stereotipati, scontati, superficiali, arroganti, pieni di disfunzioni sessuali, depressi, grottesci, inconcludenti e irrimediabilmente stupidi (ribadisco, pure i cattivi!). Introspezione psicologica: level zero. Gli unici che potrebbero salvarsi da questa carneficina sono gli uomini preistorici (30.000 a.C., si legge all’inizio di ogni capitolo a loro dedicato. Ohibò. Anzi, parbleau.) a cui è affidato un po’ tutto l’antefatto della faccenda. In una ipotetica sfida di intelligenza tra il capoclan di Neanderthal e il professore-protagonista (sfolgorante - almeno nelle intenzioni del suo creatore - esempio di 'homo sapiens sapiens'), non avrei dubbi su chi scommettere.Il ritmo è un altro degli elementi completamente sconclusionati di questo pseudo-thriller. Per tutta la prima parte non succede praticamente niente, nella seconda invece comincia a succedere di tutto; ma mancando completamente la suspence, nel senso che è tutto comunque perfettamente prevedibile, non si può certo dire che un lettore si possa godere questo susseguirsi di colpi di scena, perché l’unico colpo che potrebbe seriamente coinvolgerlo è quello che vorrebbe dare in testa al personaggio di turno che davanti ai suoi occhi, nello scorrere delle parole, si sta avviando inevitabilmente e inesorabilmente a fare la figura dell’idiota. Detto questo, che non è poco, ritengo comunque doveroso un piccolo accenno all’unica nota positiva di questo ‘capolavoro’: la descrizione dei paesaggi. Ah, questo sì che funziona! Sembrava proprio di essere lì, in Dordogna, nelle vallate e nelle gole del Perigòrd, sotto un abbagliante sole francese, lo stesso sole che per 15 anni ha reso speciali tutte le mie vacanze estive… E allora, a dispetto di tutte le cose cattivissime che ho scritto fin ora, non posso fare a meno di lasciarmi prendere dalla nostalgia e permettere a questa di addolcirmi un po’, tanto da spingermi ad aumentare di una stellina il voto finale: da una a due. Sono troppo buona.In conclusione, non mi sento sinceramente di consigliare la lettura di questo libro, neanche come passatempo da spiaggia. Non vorrete mica rischiare che vi venga il nervoso e rovinarvi così la digestione, tanto da pregiudicarvi il bagno pomeridiano, no? (Tranquilli, non potrebbe comunque rovinarvi l’intera vacanza, non ha una tale presa sulla coscienza da costringervi a pensarci tanto a lungo; a meno che non abbiate a disposizione solo un weekend o pochi giorni, in questo caso STATENE ALLA LARGA, lo dico per il vostro bene e per la vostra serenità).A pensarci su un attimo, però, nell'ipotesi in cui questo agosto abbiate in animo di farvi un bel viaggetto nel Sud della Francia (che merita sempre, a prescindere), potreste comunque prendere in considerazione l'idea di portarvelo dietro (preso in prestito dalla biblioteca, si intende). Ma non per leggerlo. Per usarlo in alternativa alla guida turistica.

  • Ian Wood
    2019-03-24 15:34

    This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's novels reviewed on the blog will generally have some images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate a novel three-fifths worth reading! The only reason I've relented and started putting stars up there is to credit the good ones, which were being unfairly uncredited. So, all you'll ever see from me is a five-star or a one-star (since no stars isn't a rating, unfortunately).I rated this novel WARTY!WARNING! MAY CONTAIN UNHIDDEN SPOILERS! PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!This was yet another novel with a prologue which I skipped as usual. If it's worth reading, it's worth putting in the first chapter! If it's not in the first chapter or beyond, I'm not going to waste my time reading it. The novel begins with a fire in an abbey in France during which a firefighter discovers a codex (ancient book) hidden in a wall space. The front page inside the cover claims that its writer is Barthomieu, who is 220 years old at the time of writing. Why the writer would mention this is a mystery. He's supposed to be a humble monk. The codex is lavishly illustrated, as they say, but the drawings appear to mimic those found in cave art from the paleolithic, rather than representative of the age in which they were drawn in the codex.Frankly this novel didn't stir my interest until chapter four wherein we began learning about this mysterious codex. At that point I felt I could quite happily have skipped the first three chapters without missing anything since they really told me nothing. The codex contains a map which a book restorer, Hugo, and an archaeologist acquaintance (and amateur playboy), Luc, follow. It takes them along a cliff face, to the discovery of the very cave to which the map was intended to lead. Inside, the cave is adorned with scores of images in a vein similar to those found in the prehistoric caves at Altamira and Lascaux.But it appears that someone else is interested - someone who has far fewer scruples than do Hugo and Luc, and the body count begins to mount. As the cave is opened to scientific investigation, people start turning up dead, and two locals, who creep their way into the cave team's camp are to me, highly suspicious, although, of course, no one suspects them. This was the first problem, It was obvious these people were bad guys. No mystery at all here. The only mystery which remained was why was there such an interest in the cave? That turned out to be so mundane that it was frankly laughable.I have to say that about 40% in, I was having serious doubts about wanting to continue reading this. Although the novel is technically well-written, there was a heck of a lot of extraneous detail (for me anyway). I wanted to get on with the exploration of the cavern, and the deciphering of the codex (which was written in code rather like the Voynich codex).I certainly didn't want to be dallying and dithering, and especially not with an old love interest of Luc's, which bored the pants off me. He was not an appealing person, so there was nothing to attract me to him as a main protagonist. His love interest wasn't of interest at all - not to me, and it was so obvious where this was going that there was no mystery there either.Unless she turned out to be the villain, she had nothing to recommend her other than that she was Luc's ex, which is frankly a lousy excuse for her to be in this novel. Oh, she did have one other trait: she was a damsel in distress which turned me right off pursuing this story any further.Luc's behavior towards her bordered on stalking and assumed ownership of her, which also turned me off this story, and made me wish he was the one being pushed over a cliff. When he 'turned around' and started posing as the hero of the story, solving the mystery and rescuing the 'fair maiden', I was not the least bit interested.The title of the novel is misleading. It implies that there's something magical or evil about the tenth chamber in the cavern, and there really isn't. It did relate to something important to the story, but that was completely insufficient to justify its dramatic use as a title.The more I read, the more I found myself skipping a paragraph here and there (mostly there) to begin with, then I skipped with increasing frequency. There were alternating chapters which went back to the time the codex was written, and other chapters which went back to the time the cave paintings were made, and after reading one of each of these, I found them so boring that I avoided all the others.Obviously, it's no leap from that to asking myself why I was reading this at all, and that's when I quit. I didn't care about the ending or any of the characters. The proposition that "villains" who had supposedly been at their game for centuries hiding in the shadows, never exposing themselves, had suddenly become so blindly stupid that they exposed everything within a few dumb days by killing as many people as they could for no reason whatsoever was risible. Some people may find entertainment here in counting the number of clichés and tropes in this story, but for me, I lost all interest in it. I cannot recommend this.

  • Giulia
    2019-03-25 12:19

    Cooper è ufficialmente diventato uno dei miei autori "zero pensieri" preferiti. So per certo che, quando ho bisogno di una lettura appassionante e non troppo impegnata, troverò uno dei suoi libri a farmi compagnia. Questo in particolare mi è piaciuto parecchio, una bella storia e soprattutto (caratteristica non scontata) un ottimo intreccio delle vicende che tiene il lettore col fiato sospeso.

  • Speesh
    2019-04-08 11:42

    Quite a mixed bag of a book this. Whilst the novel goes back and forth between the time periods the story needs to cover, the chronological order is: Pre-History. Medieval Middle Ages. Second World War. Modern day. Quite a spread and unusually (from my point of view anyway) all set in France. Though all the better for that, I say.It is however, a bit of a mixed success. The story hangs around a series of interlocking cave chambers that are discovered in modern times, with cave paintings that are the rival to or better than, those found at other comparable sites like Lascaux. The new cave system's paintings near the French village of Ruac (which seems to be a fictional place) are, apart from being much better, also much, much older. But why have the caves remained hidden until now? Our 'guide' through the story, Luc Simard is an archaeologist called to a Monastery where a rare book is found that needs de-coding and preserving. By accident, he and his friend, an expert in book preservation, stumble across the caves nearby the Abbey and make the link between the paintings and the book - and a secret many people have and still are fighting and killing to protect.It is all handled quite effectively. The pace is excellent, with a measured build up to around the middle of the novel, where the hero is beginning to put deus and deus together and realise he's neither alone in his quest, nor safe. From there, it goes up several gears and becomes quite a tense race to the final conclusion.Whilst technically it is all handled very well, it doesn't really reach the peaks it could have done. It stays in the lowlands. It doesn't really develop the series of interesting incidents with possibilities, into anything more substantial. I think this might be to do with trying to touch too many novel-type bases. It's part Clan of the Cave Bear, part medieval mystery whodunnit - drags in the Templars of course - part WWII drama and part modern day suspense novel. I was left a little not let down, but just feeling 'oh well', when I finished. I am going to recommend it to you, but more as a diverting and reasonably interesting read for a couple of days, rather than a novel that will change your life or live on in your memory longer than it took to read this...

  • Karla Eaton
    2019-04-11 13:42

    Fun book - what a page turner. I really enjoyed how the author wove three narratives from three completely different eras - modern day, 1100s France and 30000 years ago with cave men into a cohesive story with a compelling intrigue which connects all of the stories at once. I liked also the realistic elements of what life was like for early man and the plausible explanation for the plants and bones and drawings in the cave.One of the more compelling and serious aspects of the novel is the question about life and death. Is it moral to strive to be immortal? What are the costs to extending life far beyond the normal parameters of man's natural being? While this tale is far-fetched with the idea of this magic potion, we as a society are constantly striving to extend life and not accept the finality of our earthly existence. Of course, we want our loved ones to keep living, but what are the ramifications of science extending life in general? How will the world sustain itself like that? How does it affect the psyche? Underneath this near mystery is a real question about this issue which really does affect us today.While not high art, this is good story telling with a clear voice and neat storyline.

  • BERNICE
    2019-03-31 14:21

    Hard to describe but overall a good bookThis "thriller" is a little different than most. There weren't any edge of your seat moments but somehow you want to keep reading to find out where the story was going. At first, it appears that the book was about the art in the cave, then the age/time period of the cave, then about medieval monks who had also discovered the cave during the period of the Templar knights, then about the tea that was brewed from plants depicted in the cave. Many other reviewers attempt to describe the story.What was this book really about? People! Have we really changed in 30,000 years? Does it matter if you hunt with a spear, glorify God, or love to study bones. Jealousy abounds, righteousness drives those who want to be honorable, political aspirations drive those who want to be on top. We are not who we think we are and our friends and neighbors are not as they appear.This book is different. The storylines don't conform to traditional development yet the characters are realistic. So those who cannot be open-minded to non-traditional creativity in writing will not like this book. But if you are looking for something different, something original, then this is the book for you.

  • Hazel Stanton
    2019-04-23 11:27

    The overwhelming feel I had from this book was disappointment and relief at finishing it. Previously I had very much enjoyed the Library of the Dead and Book of souls and was therefore looking forward to the author’s next offering. Unfortunately I found the story plodding and ponderous and rather formulaic with very little intrigue or excitement. I felt no connection or empathy for the characters which seemed to be very two dimensional, the exception being perhaps the prehistoric tribes. I had such hope hopes for this book and unfortunately there were dashed very soon after I started to read it

  • Dean Kutzler
    2019-04-15 12:20

    This book had a great idea, but the delivery fell a little flat. As some other reviewers had said, too many characters to keep track of and I also found it disconcerting Me. Cooper would switch scenes with no breaks. It kept jarring me from the story and backtracking. And again, too much backstory right before another information dump.I hate to give a negative review--rarely do I--so let meet assure you, this was a great story with some very good ideas and definitely worth the read. I, for one, will certainly read another of Mr. Cooper's books. So please do so.

  • Michael Moore
    2019-04-13 15:35

    This is a poor example of jumping on the band wagon. Join Clan of the Cave Bears with the Second World War Nazi sack of treasures, a 'lost cave' and a mysterious government interest. I read the first two chapters, worked out what the result would be and lo and behold..jump to the last couple and I was right. Generic and boring apart from the detail of he scientific angle...I really expected better. Two stars is generous.

  • Stephen
    2019-04-08 14:12

    Ok, I'm officially a fan. Cooper mixes St. Bernard, the story of Abelard and Eloise, a touch of the templars, prehistory, and archaeology into a fascinating read. The story follows a spectacular discovery in France, the dig, and the repercussions of discovering things that might want to be left to history. One fun tidbit is that Cooper left the possibility open for a sequel, however The Tenth Chamber will be hard to beat.

  • Karen
    2019-03-26 14:39

    I really liked this, lots of action and plenty of murders to keep the twisted among us happy i.e me. As for who the murderers are there are two groups of possible suspects both of who have reasons for wanting the tenth chamber kept secret and will do anything to stop the world finding out about it.

  • Deborah Cater
    2019-04-21 11:21

    This is a beach-book, something that does not overly tax the mind, which is what I wanted when I bought it. I liked the change between times in order to give the background. I didn't enjoy the over-use of "...like a..." - metaphors do not need to become similes with such regularity.In a nutshell - a pleasant enough read.

  • Ruth Downie
    2019-04-23 14:13

    Set in France, this is a good adventure yarn that combines a lot of familiar elements (aged monks, ancient texts to be deciphered, bold archaeologists and a Big Secret) but all done with style. The plot ranges from the very, very ancient past (convincingly re-imagined) to the present day, and the fact that the author's trained as an archaeologist adds credibility. Great fun.

  • Annie
    2019-03-23 09:18

    the tenth chamber 2 stars....I was excited by the first chapter or two. I wanted to dig in and get lost in this book but, as soon as I realized the sexual nature of the pictograph and what was probably coming in the words ahead. Skimming forward I read more of the same and I was done. Just not my kind of read.

  • Patrick Carroll
    2019-04-03 09:25

    Please, no more Dan Brown knock offs, I must learn not to buy anything that has religious or southern France in the jacket cover. If you like DB buy and read this, you'll never tell the difference but clearly the publishers felt "there's always room for one more, let's mine that seam".

  • Kathy Floyd
    2019-04-05 10:37

    Very exciting!I love archeological books, and I really enjoyed this one because of the addition of the red tea. Of course, I have would have loved to have been able to have gone through that cave!

  • Jason
    2019-03-29 12:23

    Didn't like it. I thought it dragged along... I had trouble finishing it.

  • Leona
    2019-03-27 10:37

    This was a little disappointing. It started off good but lost me about 3/4 of the way through.

  • Heather Fineisen
    2019-04-10 15:31

    Started out strong with a hidden ancient manuscript and secrets of ancient cave art. Then lost steam.

  • Laura
    2019-04-19 14:23

    Bel libro, storia interessante ma niente di speciale