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The Emperor's Tomb (Cotton Malone Series #6)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

The latest Malone thriller an exhilarating tale

In China, government ministers Karl Tang and Ni Yong compete for who will become the country's next premier. Both believe possessing a third century B.C.E lamp is the key to become the leader as that ancient artifact is the key to eliminate dependence on foreign oil. ...
In China, government ministers Karl Tang and Ni Yong compete for who will become the country's next premier. Both believe possessing a third century B.C.E lamp is the key to become the leader as that ancient artifact is the key to eliminate dependence on foreign oil. Of the two Tang appears to be the more vicious, willing to kill the innocent to obtain the map and subsequently the premiership.

Cotton Malone and his former lover Cassiopeia Vitt, who owes a debt that she is paying off, also seek the ancient Chinese lamp. However, neither is aware that the Chinese power struggle includes containing the same lamp. The murders of two foreigners is an acceptable outcome in Tang's mind and Yong, if need be, holds the same belief.

The latest Malone thriller (see The Paris Vendetta) is an exhilarating tale that uses Chinese history to anchor the action-packed escapades. Fast-paced with one overkill exception inside a tomb, readers will relish the cat and mouse chase for the lamp as the mysterious Cassiopeia Vitt provides a delightful female counterpart to Malone (see the E-book The Balkan Escape for her tale including understanding her debt). The climax is a great confrontational finish to a fabulous tale.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on September 14, 2010

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27 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

highway robbery

is it just me, or is everyone else seeing that the ebook COSTS MORE THAN THE HARDBACK BOOK?!!!!!! Amazon is offering the same book at $9.99. W T F B&N? Why are you jacking up your book pricing? Great job in making customers regret not buying a Kindle so we could ha...
is it just me, or is everyone else seeing that the ebook COSTS MORE THAN THE HARDBACK BOOK?!!!!!! Amazon is offering the same book at $9.99. W T F B&N? Why are you jacking up your book pricing? Great job in making customers regret not buying a Kindle so we could have more newspaper choices and better book prices! I know this shouldn't be about the price of the book, but where else is B&N going to hear customer dissatisfaction?

posted by DiamondCutter on November 26, 2010

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  • Posted December 4, 2010

    Steve Berry Rocks!

    Finally! A bestseller nook book for $9.99. I haven't bought a nook book in a while since B&N raised prices and I could get the hardcover for the same price. Is anyone at B&N listening?

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    A good read

    An interesting story line, well told. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    This is a great book for a long road trip!

    Similar to another audio book, I just heard (The Ghost War, by Alex Berenson), this is a twelve disc audio book with a wonderful reader who has mastered accents and inflection so that the book keeps you on the edge of your seat and alert as you drive!
    From a child's kidnapping to foreign intrigue about a new scientific discovery, this book is filled with excitement. There are so many sub plots, but underneath them all there is the additional plot of several competing leaders in China, each of whom wishes to take over the government. Russia and the United States are involved in the intrigue, with each employing agents who may not be all that scrupulous.
    Murder is simply a means to an end, viewed almost casually. Torture is acceptable in the Asian prisons. Maoists and Liberationists go head to head in their fight to take over the government and in the background, the "Ba" and the Eunochs also vie for power, aligning themselves with competing, powerful people. The "double cross" is routine, as ethical behavior is not of the slightest concern. The winner will determine whether or not China becomes a threat to, or a peaceful participant in, world affairs.
    Underlying all of the varied sub-plots and side issues, is the theme of an undying source of energy, for which all three countries are searching; the key to its secret existence is thought to be hidden in China. Often the bad guy wins. China, as well as Russia, is a country with vastly different rules than the United States, and their tactics are sometimes appalling as are those of their agents. However, none of the participating countries is guiltless when it comes to reprehensible behavior. Greed and the desire for power appears to be the driving force and in its wake, valuable antiquities are destroyed and people are sacrificed with little or no reason other than expedience rather than justice.
    This book is action packed; undercover agents and double agents go head to head. They sneak in and out of several countries to search for answers, often with violent outcomes. There is an abundance of characters, which sometimes makes it a little hard to figure out which one is being featured. There is definitely murder and mayhem and while the book may not keep you guessing, it will certainly keep you interested for many hours. It is worth the "road trip.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    recommend

    Good story kept me wanting to read on

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    Great Read!! Great Series!!!

    If you like adventure, Steve Berry is a great author to provide it. Cotton Malone is a character that should be developed fully in movies. I've felt that this series would make a great movie series. This book shows you great descriptive scenes in China - a place most people won't get a chance to go. Cotton is his usual heroic self but the overall story line is very good. Rich characters abound. The eunuchs are definitely different but add much to the story. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a great adventure read.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    Great Read - What I would expect from a Steve Berry thriller!

    Steve Berry at his best. Would recommend to the Berry reader.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

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    Highly Rscommended!

    Another great Cotton Malone book full of excitement and history! I learned a lot of Chinese history as well as enjoying the story.The fact that oil may not be organic was a new fact, but makes sense to me considering wher it is being found now days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2010

    Stop bashing the Nook

    If you think that B&N charges too much...go elsewhere. I have never found a price better that at B&N

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2010

    Whats The Point

    I would love to say that The Emperor's Tomb is a great entry in the Cotton Malone series which it is but the reviews has been corrupted by the constant complaining of the Nook.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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