Format Read: Ebook
Source: From the publisher for an honest review
Release Date: July 1, 2014
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Blurb from goodreads:
Abbey of Ruac, rural France: A medieval script is discovered hidden behind an antique bookcase. Badly damaged, it is sent to Paris for restoration, and there literary historian Hugo Pineau begins to read the startling fourteenth-century text. Within its pages lies a fanciful tale of a painted cave and the secrets it contains -- and a rudimentary map showing its position close to the abbey. Intrigued, Hugo enlists the help of archaeologist Luc Simard and the two men go exploring.
When they discover a vast network of prehistoric caves, buried deep within the cliffs, they realize that they've stumbled across something extraordinary. And at the very core of the labyrinth lies the most astonishing chamber of all, just as the manuscript chronicled. Aware of the significance of their discovery, they set up camp with a team of experts, determined to bring their find to the world. But as they begin to unlock the ancient secrets the cavern holds, they find themselves at the centre of a dangerous game. One 'accidental' death leads to another. And it seems that someone will stop at nothing to protect the enigma of the tenth chamber..
As a fan of The Da Vinci Code, this one seemed right up my alley. The Tenth Chamber is not a cryptographer’s story but rather a murder/mystery with some archaeology and conspiracy theory tossed in. I will say it now, I loved this book! I was hooked right from the beginning and could not put it down. I finished it in a few hours.
As the book opens up, the abbey is on fire and I immediately felt the same as the Abbot. THE BOOKS! OMG, save the books! The first thing that impressed me about The Tenth Chamber was learning about salvaging water damaged books. (Yes, I looked up the information and it is correct) Before the first chapter was done, I had learned something new and this is always a plus in my book.
There are three story lines in The Tenth Chamber. The first is from the POV of Luc and Hugo, the ones who discover the book and cave in current times. The second is Barthomieu, who wrote the book and his story takes place in the 1100’s. The third story is about Tal, the creator of the cave. I’ll admit, I was a little apprehensive when I realized there were three POV’s in this book but Mr. Cooper pulls it off brilliantly. The transitions are smooth and fluid. I also liked each POV story so that made the transitions easier.
The Tenth Chamber starts with a bang and never lets up. The action never stops but keeps building and building until all the secrets are out. The characters are interesting. I did not think I was attached to them, until they were in danger and then I realized I liked them. Well, I liked the good guys and hated the bad guys. The plot was complex and at the same time understandable and easy to follow. I read this as an ebook but I can say I will be getting a hard copy and it will find a permanent place on my bookshelf. Glenn Cooper, the author, has a few other books and I will be checking those out in the near future.
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