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 ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 16/09/2010
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780099545682
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Review by mrn945
The back-cover talked about an intellectual thriller - similar sounding to The Di Vinci Code - so I figured it would be entertaining at the very least. However, the book was more than just entertaining - it was entrancing. I got so completely sucked in to the plot-line, I didn't even notice the three hour layover!The plot tied together stories from the times of the Neanderthals, the 1300's, the late 1890's, and modern times. It did this in a way though that kept the plot moving quickly and efficiently, without getting bogged down in the changing perspectives. There was some fascinating facts about archaeology and science, and I was left wondering how the story would end up till the final pages. A few twists were predictable, however there was also a few twists that surprised me.I don't want to give away any of the plot, and the big details are as revealing as the little ones. I will only say that this was a great book if you want a thriller to entertain you for a few hours. It will make you think and you will learn a few things too! Pick up a copy, I'm going to add his other two books to my TBR pile!