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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. (Nov.) (c)
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ISBN-10:  0345505492
ISBN-13:  978-0345505491
Author:  Steve Berry
Publisher:  Ballantine Books
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review by . January 03, 2011
The book seems to start out exciting as Cotton Malone and Cassiopia Vitt are trying to make an escape across a long rope suspension bridge (where have I seen this before). The bridge gets destroyed with Cassiopia plunging to the raging waters below and Cotton contemplating what happened. The book then flashes back a few days to explain how they got there. This type of storytelling usually annoys me, especially in a thriller because it takes some of the suspense away from the retelling of the prior …
review by . October 12, 2010
Once again Cotton Malone is traveling the world in an attempt to help his friends and, in addition, help save the world from getting into the clutches of another would-be dictator.      This time the action centers on China, although there are stops in several other places along the way. It seems that the Chinese have discovered that oil is infinite, the result of natural phenomena rather than the "fossil fuel" we have all been taught to believe that it is. Once the …
review by . November 27, 2010
There are few authors that can keep readers coming back again and again for more, but Steve Berry does it---and delivers each time.    In Emperor's Tomb he is able to take us on a journey of intrigue, passion and a desire that can transform even the most noble of causes to a matter of life and death.    As we are being entertained, however, Berry also gives us much to consider and discuss. We are also reminded of the effects of war, not just on the target …
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