The Tenth Chamber

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 October, 2010, 12:00am

The Tenth Chamber
by Glenn Cooper
Arrow, HK$91

Just how many globe-busting secrets are left in the world? I ask because, in the wake of Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol, the conspiracy thriller is on the rise again. Which begs that question: how many elaborate, peace-threatening mysteries, dating back to the 14th century, remain unsolved? The answer is plenty, if Glenn Cooper's burgeoning career is anything to go by. An ancient manuscript is discovered in an ancient monastery written by a self-proclaimed ancient monk: apparently he lived to 220 years old. Luckily, Hugo Pineau, a clever documents restorer, is on hand to translate the text. This leads Pineau, his best mate (archaeologist Luc Simard) and a group of adventurers to a fantastically painted cave. Faster than you can say 'Keeping up with the Indiana Joneses', the crew start dying in mysterious circumstances. Pineau and Simard realise the cave is actually the work of a Stone Age Leonardo Da Vinci whose diverse inventions might just destroy life as we know it. This begs the question: why aren't these technological wonders an ice cream maker or nostril hair remover? Nevertheless, The Tenth Chamber is well done and Cooper is one to watch.