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Tenth Chamber
by Glenn Cooper
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Lascaux Media, 2014 (2011)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Literary historian Hugo Pineau discovers a medieval script hidden behind an antique bookcase. While reading this treasure, he realizes there are clues to finding a cave with painted walls painted long, long ago. He contacts archeologist Luc Simard to go exploring with him to find this site. They put other work aside and set off to find the epitome of cave painting.

Wonder of wonders, with clues from the ancient manuscript, they find a huge network of caves one leading into another! The tenth chamber is chock full of paintings of hands. Excited, they gather a team to help catalog this extraordinary find, along with guards to keep unqualified people out.

Nothing is ever as it seems. This peaceful, tranquil spot in the French countryside suddenly becomes a trap for those who dare to enter. One devastating accidental death leads to another. A self-serving but well-known archeologist plans to take over the project and eliminate Hugo from the work. A plan to blow up the caves surfaces. The manuscript appears to be written by a man who was over two hundred years-old at the time!

Local people are dead set against bringing the site to the public eye. Why? More tourists would certainly help their businesses' bottom lines. It's easy to lose one's sense of time while reading The Tenth Chamber, working alongside Hugo on the find of the century. A good read.

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