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The Tenth Chamber [Paperback]

Glenn Cooper
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16 Sep 2010

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 realise 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 ...

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (16 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099545683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099545682
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fast paced and original, Cooper delivers" (The Sun)

"Another massive hit from the thriller writer" (No 1 Magazine)

"Glenn Cooper's outstanding style and tense, gripping storylines have done it again. As ever, I love the way he intertwines three different plots, from different periods in history, and produces a nail-bitingly exciting thriller that ends far too quickly but is impossible to read any slower. A truly wonderful book with a shocking and unexpected climax and an ending to make you smile and nod ... a definite must-read for all fans of historical/religious crime fiction" (

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The utterly compelling new novel from the bestselling author of Library of the Dead.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 21 Mar 2010
A medieval script found in a monastery leads to the discovery of beautifully painted prehistoric caves. The action of the book time travels between the present day excavation of the caves, medieval shenanigans involving Pierre Abelard, Heloise, and Bernard of Clairvaux, and the lives of the prehistoric cave painters. Like Glenn Cooper's two previous thrillers, this book is intelligent, well paced, and suspenseful. What I particularly loved about The Tenth Chamber were the wonderful passages describing the cave paintings and the chapters detailing the lives of the cave painters. Luc Simard, the archaeologist leading the cave exploration, is a charming hero reminiscent of Indiana Jones. This was a great read, and I couldn't put it down!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite so far... 4 April 2010
I can't believe I am going to say this, but I liked The Tenth Chamber even more than Glenn Cooper's first two books, Library of the Dead and Book of Souls, both of which I loved! True to Cooper's style, we hop on the time travel train, this time between modern, medieval and pre-historic France, while guessing at the intrigue buried in a mysterious ancient cave very purposely closed off to the outside world. The attempts to unlock the secrets of the magnificent cave paintings, the strange brew, and the inexplicable longevity of the area's inhabitants, shaken by a series of "accidental" deaths, grow increasingly dangerous as Luc and his team get closer to the truth. Cooper's archaeology and medical background are out in full force making for a realistic, intelligent and very exciting thriller.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Tenth chamber. 6 April 2010
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After reading Glenn Cooper's first two novels ' Library of the dead' , and' Book of souls' , I looked forward eagerly to reading this book. It is very well written and the author is obviously a very clever man . However, my attention wasn't held to the same extent as the other books and I was able to put the book aside at times ,something I found impossible in Cooper's other works . The story is full of action and again takes place in religious institutions as well as other places in different times in history. I would recommend the book as it is so well written and researched and will appeal to the imaginative amongst us. I have no idea what the author has in store for his next work , but I will eagerly await it .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece! 16 April 2010
An archaeological find in a cave in France promises to be one of the greatest discoveries of recent times. Behind the extraordinary and beautiful find, more secrets are waiting to be unearthed which eventually reveal ancient knowledge that has been closely guarded for centuries. As with Library of The Dead and Book of Souls, Cooper once again skilfully shifts the narrative between different time frames which create a film-like quality to the book. The characters are very believable and diverse, eloquently driving and strengthening the plot without distracting from it. I especially enjoyed the story of the lives of the cave's first inhabitants which as well as the account of the monastic shenanigans, both of which were expertly conveyed. With this third novel Cooper has now proved himself to be an exceptional and consistent thriller writer and in terms of creating suspense and unpredictability he is on a par with those such as Robert Crais and Iain Rankin.
This is a book that in my mind will no doubt engage and engross all but the prosaic amongst us. Despite one of the other reviews, I was reluctant to put the book down and was keen to get back to the story as soon as I had an opportunity. To sum up, an entertaining and intelligent book that I thoroughly enjoyed; I am looking forward to his next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid as a fossil 21 Aug 2012
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A fire in an abbey triggers a series of events that lead Luc Simard, a French archeologist, to a stunning cave where he finds the most realistic prehistoric paintings ever found. The cave is composed of ten chambers, each with its own motif, which could provide material that would keep the archeology community busy for years.

Luc assembles a team of experts from several scientific fields to examine the caves, but unexpectedly not only has to face the opposition of the local community, but also the attention of an obscure office of the French secret services, as the tenth chamber is the key for a national security matter that shouldn't ever be revealed.

This premise is similar to countless other books, but Glenn Cooper managed to make "The Tenth Chamber" better than most conspiracy thrillers. Most of the book is told through the eyes of Luc Simard, but there are two other smaller threads, set in the 12th century and in the Paleolithic, which allows the author to explore how the same discovery is perceived and handled in completely different ways throughout the time, and it also allows the plot to be consistently wrapped up, without huge plot holes that usually ruin this type of stories.

+: solid plot; the connection between the main story and the two supporting threads works out perfectly

-: some characters, including Luc, could be better developed and less stereotyped

=: a compelling "secret", excellent structure and no significant plot holes - for a summer holiday read, "The Tenth Chamber" turned out to be a very pleasant surprise
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great STUFF!
Discovered this amazing author by accident and have ordered more his books. A fascinating book that will keep you in suspense until the end.
Published 3 months ago by I. S. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Really enjoyed this book. Gripping story line and found it difficult to put it down. Gave food for thought about all the caves and stories from history books
Published 4 months ago by Kevin Start
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I recommend this book for those that enjoy history, adventure and thrillers. This book contains all, with interesting characters included.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs R A Parkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read this year
This is a rolliking great adventure story. It hooks you in from the very start and keeps you there. I really did not want it to end. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jim Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
I really liked this book. The story unfolds cleverly and keeps you hooked throughout. I have read a number of Glen Cooper books, never disapoints.
Published 9 months ago by Ms Morag Fenwick
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story
The story line is very good with smatterings of fact throughout the whole book, it is certainly a captivating read and I could not put it down. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. J. A. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Glenn Cooper book
Cannot fault any book from Glenn Cooper, get so immersed in the story that time just flies by. Looking forward to purchasing more from this writer.
Published 12 months ago by Miss Margaret A Hunter
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best but still a very good read
This book is in my opinion not one of his best but it is still a very good read. Will continue to read all of his books
Published 13 months ago by Trevor B Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing story
An engrossing story linking events in pre-historic times, the 14th century and present day.

Next time you are in a small French village where there are caves in the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Chris Graham
3.0 out of 5 stars Cave art, archaeology & ???
Interesting idea - story about a painted cave in France with flashbacks to prehistory etc but the modern elements of the story seem a bit contrived.
Published 19 months ago by teneb
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