Didactic. Steve Berry continues to stretch his readers’ willingness to suspend disbelief with this year’s installment in his Cotton Malone series titled, The Emperor’s Tomb. Malone works as an antiquarian bookseller, but he suspends that work regularly when the government deploys him across the globe to risk his life and others in mostly implausible situations. Set mostly in China this time out, Berry breaks up the action often with lengthy explanations of centuries of Chinese politics and other results of his research. This didactic style becomes something of a palate cleanser between action courses. Fans of action thrillers will find ample action here, and those readers patient enough to tolerate mediocre writing and occasional boring exposition and explanation are those most likely to enjoy this novel.
Rating: Two-star (Mildly Recommended)
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