Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday : The Emperor's Tomb

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly awaiting. My pick this week is...

The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry. Ballantine Books. To be released November 23, 2010.

Steve Berry recently wrote a guest blog post for Mulholland Books in defense of his genre, which highlights the important role thrillers play in popular entertainment. It's a short read, and, at the end, I said a little "amen!" in my head. I have developed a real soft spot for Berry's Cotton Malone. I've loved every single entry in this series and can't wait to read The Emperor's Tomb. I tried to get a copy through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers without success, so I'm counting down to the release date (56 days, by the way) I was turned on to the series by The Charlemagne Pursuit, the fourth book to feature Cotton Malone, and zoomed through the rest of the series inside of two weeks.

Here's the description from Steve Berry's website:

The tomb of China's First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra cotta warriors, has remained sealed for 2200 years. Though it's regarded as one of the greatest archeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won't allow anyone to open it.

Why not?

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 on more than one occasion, 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." One problem: 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.

Who could resist?!?