Codex 632: The Secret of Christopher Columbus

Codex 632: The Secret of Christopher Columbus

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by Jose Rodrigues dos Santos
     
 

Who was the enigma the world knows as Christopher Columbus . . . and why has his true identity been covered up for centuries?

When an aged scholar is found mysteriously dead in his hotel room, Thomas Noronha, expert cryptographer and professor of history, is called upon to finish the man's unresolved investigation. In the course of

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Who was the enigma the world knows as Christopher Columbus . . . and why has his true identity been covered up for centuries?

When an aged scholar is found mysteriously dead in his hotel room, Thomas Noronha, expert cryptographer and professor of history, is called upon to finish the man's unresolved investigation. In the course of unraveling the puzzles and cryptograms shrouding his late predecessor's work, Thomas discovers a code that will set him on a breathtaking race across the globe—from Lisbon to Rio to New York and Jerusalem—as he is drawn into one of the greatest mysteries of all time, a shocking revelation that will alter everything we've always believed about one of the world's most celebrated adventurers.

Editorial Reviews

Que Leer
“A most newsworthy novel on Columbus … Based on historical documents, it narrates the story of a clever expert cryptanalyst who unravels a conspiracy to keep the true identity of the great navigator forever hidden from history.”
Jornal do Brasil
"It was supposed to be like The Da Vinci Code, but in fact it’s better and more interesting, as it presents readers with more proof than speculation. The historical part of the novel is amazing and accessible. Impressive."
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International Praise for Codex 632
A Folha de São Paulo
“Readers more intrigued by academic detection than global conspiracies should eat this one up. A fresh-thinking historical thriller buoyed by its hero, a man with a spinning moral compass trying to find his truth North. “
—Jornal do Brasil
“It was supposed to be like The Da Vinci Code, but in fact it’s better and more interesting, as it presents readers with more proof than speculation. The historical part of the novel is amazing and accessible. Impressive.”
--Jornal do Brasil
“It was supposed to be like The Da Vinci Code, but in fact it’s better and more interesting, as it presents readers with more proof than speculation. The historical part of the novel is amazing and accessible. Impressive.”
A Folha de Sao Paulo
"Readers more intrigued by academic detection than global conspiracies should eat this one up. A fresh-thinking historical thriller buoyed by its hero, a man with a spinning moral compass trying to find his truth North. "
Forward
“[A] relentless quest for the truth.”
Adelaide Advertiser
“In the world of historical scholarship, the mystery surrounding the discoverer of America and his true roots remains unsolved. Codex 632 reminds us all of the historical investigation which has yet to be conducted.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061173196
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/11/2009
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
553,153
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

Jornal do Brasil
“It was supposed to be like The Da Vinci Code, but in fact it’s better and more interesting, as it presents readers with more proof than speculation. The historical part of the novel is amazing and accessible. Impressive.”
Que Leer
“A most newsworthy novel on Columbus … Based on historical documents, it narrates the story of a clever expert cryptanalyst who unravels a conspiracy to keep the true identity of the great navigator forever hidden from history.”

Meet the Author

José Rodrigues dos Santos is a professor at the New University of Lisbon and a journalist at RTP, the Portuguese public television station. He is the author of the international bestseller Codex 632. Born in Mozambique, he lives in Portugal.

José Rodrigues dos Santos nació en Mozambique en 1964. Es escritor y periodista y fue director de Información de RTP, la televisión pública de Portugal. Es también el autor de El códice 632.

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Codex 632: The Secret of Christopher Columbus 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LadyBugJS More than 1 year ago
I've read this book some years ago (January 2006 I think), but I decided to post about it because it was written by one of my favorite Portuguese writers. José Rodrigues dos Santos we born in Mozambique and now e lives in Lisbon. He teaches at a university of Lisbon and is a journalist at RTP (the Portuguese public television station). He wrote the book that probably is my favorite romance written by a Portuguese author (The White Angel - literal title translation - which, I think, it's not translated to english yet, but I'll post about it another day). This book, Codex 632, was the first book I read from this author, although it wasn't his first book. I'm not going to say it's an easy book to read. In my opinion there were some boring pages, but I think that in general it's a good book, especially if you like History. In a kind of journalistic but easily readable and understandable language we get to know some real facts with real documents as a reference. But soon the story starts to be more and more interesting, and there was a moment I couldn't stop reading anymore. Some people compare this book to The Da Vinci Code, and anyone who knows both books can understand why. I've read both and while I was readind both of them I tried not to make comparisons because I was afraid it would ruin my reading . To be honest, and if you ask me, I prefer Codex 632 because of the story that we can find behind the main plot, because of all the riddles and because of the way it's written. I love the way José Rodrigues dos Santos writes and I'm sad that during translations we lose the original essence of the the writing. The puzzles and clues kept me reading and I wanted to turn the pages quickly to find what was going to happen next. The main character, Thomas, appears in more books after this one, so maybe that's why now I think I can feel a better "connection" with him: because I know more about him and his adventures. I recommend this book, it's really good, and I wish some more of this author's books will be translated into English soon.
AvidReader54 More than 1 year ago
I usually enjoy books like this...but this one was slow and dry... The main character seemed to be shallow and uncaring about his family, and more interested in research and an affair...which in itself wasn't the worst thing, but the fact that there was a tragedy in his family seem misplaced in the storyline. The point of the book was supposed to be the Codex, but the author spend so my time on the historical references to Columbus, it read like a text book rather than a novel. I do not recommend this book.