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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,193 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Berry Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cotton Malone Series Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9780739329214
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The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why?

That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address. Logging on, he sees Cassiopeia Vitt, a woman who’s saved his life more than once, being tortured at the hands of a mysterious man who has a single demand: Bring me the artifact she’s asked you to keep safe. The only problem is, Malone doesn’t have a clue what the man is talking about, since Cassiopeia has left nothing with him. So begins Malone’s most harrowing adventure to date—one that offers up astounding historical revelations, pits him against a ruthless ancient brotherhood, and sends him from Denmark to Belgium to Vietnam then on to China, a vast and mysterious land where danger lurks at every turn.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy | 2/5/2014

    " Cotton Malone, a bookseller, finds himself embroiled in yet another international intrigue. When he receives a cryptic note and goes to the website it encloses, he sees Cassiopoeia Vitt being waterboarded. To save her, the captors want a lamp that she stole and left with him for safe-keeping. If he wants to save her, he has to exchange the lamp. The only problem is he doesn't have it. He knows that he has to save her (and figure out his feelings for her), but doesn't even know what he is looking for. Enter Stephanie Nelle, a former nemesis (or friend?) and some high-ranking figures fighting for control of China and a potentially world-changing discovery about oil, and you have another thrilling international adventure full of twists and turns. Who knew booksellers would have such interesting lives! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Momm | 2/5/2014

    " Love those Cotton Malone/ Cassiopeia Vitt political mysteries! This one takes us to China. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 1/30/2014

    " In terms of plot and level of caring about the characters, eh. I gave it two stars instead of one because there is some fascinating science and Chinese history that I enjoyed reading about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 1/30/2014

    " Berry has another great book with this one. The story moves quickly and the extent of the research the author does to craft is story is always evident. I look forward to reading more Steve Berry books. Although I like the Cotton Malone character, the early books Berry did where he changed his main characters around were good as well. I wouldn't mind seeing more variety in that regard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 1/27/2014

    " Too long, 464 pages. I started this book and wanted prove I could finish it. The story would have been better if this story was trimmed to about 300 pages. Too much flipping back and forth from China and Denmark for the story line. I did learn some history about China. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/24/2014

    " Listening to this story seemed to take forever. It is 14 hrs. and with the winter we had I wasn't in my car that much. should have brought it in and listened to it. The story is interesting, but was too disjointed. May try to take time to listen to it inside sometime or when working in my garden. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Miller | 1/22/2014

    " Great book with a lot of history of China. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 1/16/2014

    " Besides been filled with action and travel, this book asks deep questions of morality, politics and life decisions. Loved that at the end the author reviewed was was fact based and what was his take off from reality. Surprisingly one of the elements that drove the story was real. Worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/12/2014

    " This book had a slow start. Several of the main characters are familiar characters from other books. To understand some of the interactions it helps to have read some of the previous books. Once the story sped up, it kept my attention with lots of twists and turns. Overall, a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/26/2013

    " Another great thriller by Steve Berry. I love this series. Even though I'm not a big fan of China and have no desire to go there I did enjoy this book. It was fast paced and kept you constantly wondering who was on which side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/25/2013

    " Steve Berry writes smart mysteries. This one lost me for a while - but stay with it and you will be entertained. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mare | 12/23/2013

    " Least favorite of all his books I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Regan | 12/13/2013

    " My first Google book, read on the iPad. I didn't like this as much as the previous Cotton Malone books, I guess partially because I had a hard time keeping all the Chinese characters and their allegiances straight. Still, some cool archeological content and lots of action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 12/10/2013

    " I like these characters every time I read one of Steve Berry's books and I learned lots about China and its history - an added bonus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 11/15/2013

    " Love the Cotton Malone stories! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 7/12/2013

    " This is my first Steve Berry book. Although I appreciated the historical tidbits and did learn some interesting facts about China, this was not a book for me. I found myself losing focus and having to re-read parts. That's always a bad sign for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 1/27/2013

    " Sixth in the series starring Cotton Malone. He travels to Belgium and then China in this one. It is the first one after his friend dies and the relationship with Casseopia develops.Not as thrilling as previous ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 11/22/2012

    " I enjoyed this book, as I have enjoyed most of Steve Berry's books. This book being set in China really made the book more interesting to me. Most thrillers do not usually incorporate this area or the tradition of this area. Steve Berry did a great job. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 11/15/2012

    " Berry is masterful at mixing fact with fiction. Great plot with plenty of twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smaranda Huizing | 9/23/2012

    " Can't wait for the next part! Love the exicitment of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 8/28/2012

    " Another great book from Berry. Can't wait to start the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 1/17/2012

    " Berry is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. With The Emperors Tomb, not only are you getting a great adventure story, you get a meticulously researched look at the fascinating history and culture of China and a thoughtful discourse on politics, government and morality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/1/2011

    " A lot better than his last book. I also am intrigued by the abiotic oil theory. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 terpkristin | 11/25/2011

    " Boring. Audio version, narration by Scott Brick, was terrible. Couldn't pretend to care. Don't waste your time or your $9.95 if you get it on the Audible sale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 10/28/2011

    " Not my favorite Cotton book but interesting information about China made it worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Williams | 8/6/2011

    " I learned some interesting things about Chinese culture and ideology. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dirk | 5/23/2011

    " Decent start, the lost interest quickly. not a good read for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 5/16/2011

    " Steve berry goes to China with his sometimes bookseller, sometimes agent Cotton Malone to discover why the tomb of the Emperor is involver in espionage and mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 5/4/2011

    " Longer read than I like but decent story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleele | 5/1/2011

    " Not sure yet what to think
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/24/2011

    " Not that great. Gotta be into Chinese history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 4/23/2011

    " Cracking! Twists and no idea where the plot is going! Another glimpse of history and legend great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 4/22/2011

    " Well, this was a fun read but very like Indiana Jones. This is the only one of the Cotton Malone series I have read. If you like adventure fiction it is ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corry | 4/21/2011

    " An adventurous book about a find in China's first emperor's tomb, and what the politicians are about to do, or could do in today's world. Should be interesting for you Rik. I had never heard about this kind of oil.
    So , an interesting and fun read for a lazy weekend "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/16/2011

    " Another great book from Berry. Can't wait to start the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 4/14/2011

    " I really enjoyed reading about the history of China and about how prolific they were as well as being so far advance with there technology. Though I like the Cotton Malone character, I wasn't that impressed with the story itself... "

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About the Author
Author Steve Berry

Steve Berry is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of a dozen Cotton Malone novels and several stand-alone novels. There are twenty million of his books in print, translated into forty languages. He has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award and the 2013 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers. His novel The Columbus Affair earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award. With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation, and his historic preservation work merited the 2013 Silver Bullet from International Thriller Writers. He serves as a member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.