"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.
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
STEVE BERRY is the "New York Times" and #1 internationally bestselling author of ten Cotton Malone adventures, four stand-alone novels, and four short story originals. He has eighteen million books in print, translated into forty languages and sold in fifty-one countries. With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. He was awarded the 2013 Writers for Writers Award from "Poets & Writers Magazine", has twice acted as national spokesman for the American Library Association's Preservation Week, and is a member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers and served three years as its co-president.
Scott Brick has recorded over five hundred audiobooks, has won over forty "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, and has twice received Audie Awards for his work on the Dune series. He has been proclaimed a Golden Voice by "AudioFile" magazine as well as "Publishers Weekly"'s 2007 Narrator of the Year.
Praise for the novels of Steve Berry
“Sexy, illuminating . . . my kind of thriller.” —Dan Brown, on The Amber Room
“Steve Berry gets better and better with each new book.”—The Huffington Post, on The Paris Vendetta
“Pure intrigue, pure fun.”—Clive Cussler, on The Amber Room
“Controversial, shocking, explosive.”—Katherine Neville, on The Third Secret
“Perfect for thriller fans and history buffs alike.” —David Morrell, on The Romanov Prophecy
“[An] amazing blend of suspense and history . . . [Readers] cannot go wrong with Cotton Malone.”—Library Journal, on The Charlemagne Pursuit