Monday, May 21, 2012
Emperor's Tomb Review
Emperor’s Tomb by Steve Berry
Genre: Adult Fiction
Source: Personal Library
Cotton Malone teams with old heartthrob Cassiopeia Vitt on a dangerous mission to retrieve a priceless Chinese lamp from the third century B.C.E. in Berry's rousing fifth thriller to feature the ex-federal agent (after The Paris Vendetta). Two high-ranking Chinese government ministers, hard-liner Karl Tang and more liberal Ni Yong, both of whom are vying to be China's next premier, covet the lamp. Tang, in particular, has left a trail of bodies in his own quest for the lamp, which, unbeknownst to Malone and Vitt, contains the secret to how the country will surmount its biggest obstacle to future economic growth, its dependence on foreign oil. Berry layers his narrative with well-chosen, if sometimes overly detailed, doses of Chinese history. His action sequences, particularly a shootout inside the vast network of an underground tomb, often take too long to resolve, though the payoff in the end--a goose-pimple–raising showdown in a remote monastery--is worth the wait.
This is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read several of the Cotton Malone books and I’m never disappointed. If you like Indiana Jones or Clive Cussler then you’ll enjoy this book.
You don’t need to read these in order to enjoy them. If you like history, adventure and non-stop action then Steve Berry will become your next favorite author.
Steve and his wife have started an organization to help people understand why history matters. To learn more check out why he started this organization click here: http://www.steveberry.org/berry-history.htm.
I love the history in each story and the interaction between Cotton and Cassiopeia. It is fun to see the dance between the two of them and you want to see how it ends.