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 days.
Let me say that though this book is a standalone story, you really need to read some of Berry's earlier tales to get a flavor as to the relationship between Cotton Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt. That said, I had a lot of difficulty reading this book from the start. It is a kind of modern day Indiana Jones tale where Malone is working in Amsterdam when he finds a link on the internet showing Cassiopeia Vitt being waterboarded. She begs Malone to give the kidnappers the object they want.
Malone has no clue as to what the object is because it was something she stole from a Chinese politician. With no way to find Vitt, Malone gives the courier the first thing that he finds. He then follows the courier and she leads him to her associate. Unfortunately, both are killed leaving Cotton at dead end until the kidnappers take him too.
I never really took any interest in this book and like I said above, not knowing what Malone and Vitt had gone through before I didn't really care too much for the characters. The book does have some good information about China and having seen the Terra Cotta Warriors, I could follow the scenes the took place there quite well. The author also provided good information about the history of the Warriors that I was not aware of.
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