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"Greetings from the dead," declares Maxwell Broadbent on the videotape he left behind after his mysterious disappearance. A notorious treasure hunter and tomb robber, Broadbent accumulated over a half a billion dollars' worth of priceless art, gems, and artifacts before vanishing - along with his entire collection - from his mansion in New Mexico.

At first, robbery is suspected, but the truth proves far stranger: As a final challenge to his three sons, Broadbent has buried himself and his treasure somewhere in ...

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Overview

"Greetings from the dead," declares Maxwell Broadbent on the videotape he left behind after his mysterious disappearance. A notorious treasure hunter and tomb robber, Broadbent accumulated over a half a billion dollars' worth of priceless art, gems, and artifacts before vanishing - along with his entire collection - from his mansion in New Mexico.

At first, robbery is suspected, but the truth proves far stranger: As a final challenge to his three sons, Broadbent has buried himself and his treasure somewhere in the world, hidden away like an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. If the sons wish to claim their fabulous inheritance, they must find their father's carefully concealed tomb.

The race is on, but the three brothers are not the only ones competing for the treasure. This secret is so astounding it cannot be kept quiet for long. With half a billion dollars at stake, as well as an ancient Mayan codex that may hold a cure for cancer and other deadly diseases, others soon join the hunt - and some of them will stop at nothing to claim the grave goods.

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Publishers Weekly
Half of the writing team responsible for Relic, The Cabinet of Curiosities and other adventure bestsellers takes a solo flight, as Preston's writing partner, Lincoln Child, did in last year's Utopia. Like Child, Preston flies high and fast, turning in a briskly involving science-based thriller. The titular book is a Mayan artifact containing the sum of that people's knowledge about the medical applications of indigenous plants. The information is worth billions to any pharmaceutical company, but the Codex, along with numerous other priceless objects, was taken deep into the Honduran jungle by dying legendary tomb robber Maxwell Broadbent, to be buried along with him in a secret crypt. Max left instructions to his three grown sons that the only way to get their inheritance will be for them to track him and find the tomb. Max, who viewed his progeny as "quasi-failures," reasoned that by accomplishing this daunting task, the three-a veterinarian, a hippie spiritual seeker and a second-rate professor-will have proven themselves as men. What follows is rip-roaring jungle adventure, outfitted with a nasty villain (a sadistic PI who's also after the treasures), a beautiful blonde (partner to the vet), two memorable Indian characters, hosts of wild animals, terrific atmosphere and cliffhangers galore. The novel's main weakness is its lack of a strong central protagonist-the characters work more as an ensemble cast-such as Preston/Child have presented in their wonderful series detective, Special Agent Pendergast. Yet as always, Preston delivers the goods in a first-rate beach novel that most readers will be enjoying-at least in hardcover-while looking at snow rather than sand. Agent, Eric Simonoff. 150,000 first printing; major ad/promo. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Preston, who has written several best sellers (e.g., The Cabinet of Curiosities; The Ice Limit) with Lincoln Child, goes it alone with this thriller. A treasure hunter and tomb raider, Maxwell Broadbent is one of the wealthiest men on the planet owing to his extensive art collection. Dying of cancer, he decides to force his three estranged sons to work together for their inheritance. Leaving them a videotape of his plan, Max takes everything of value and buries himself and the goods somewhere in the world. To claim their inheritance, his sons have to find the tomb. Others are watching and rooting them on so that they can claim the rewards for themselves. One item of significance is a Mayan codex that contains the secret instructions to create medicine from the native jungle plants. This discovery would revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry. Fascinating characters, exotic jungle scenery, and surprising twists make this nonstop thrill ride well worth deciphering. For all fiction collections.-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Preston usually coauthors with Lincoln Child (Thunderhead, 1999, etc.) but this time solos. Though still into stirring adventures in archaeology, Preston by himself is marginally less of a stylist than when cleaning up paragraphs with Child. Also missing is the mysterious FBI agent known only as Pendergast, whom many fans have come to love. The unlikely premise here is that a billionaire art collector and tomb raider, disappointed in his three sons, decides to take his art collection with him into the grave, much as ancient emperors and pharaohs were buried with their costliest possessions. He calls his scattered sons to his mansion, which they find to be emptied of its half-billion-dollar collection. Instead, a videotape by Maxwell Broadbent, their father, explains what he's done but says that they can rob his tomb and have the treasure if they can find it somewhere on the planet. But they will find it only if they work together. The potentially priciest missing treasure is the Maltese Fal . . . or, rather, the Mayan Codex, an original medical library in one volume reflecting endless years of Mayan research into medicines from herbs, barks, insects, etc. Fully a quarter of all medicines manufactured today have their basis in just such research, and a cure for cancer and many other diseases may well be in the codex. The three sons, Philip, Vernon and Tom, don't seem all that bad, although they've become a religious recluse, an animal vet, and an art historian, vocations inferior to the higher aims Maxwell expected of them. As it happens, although all three sons decide to split up, they nonetheless find themselves gathered together in Honduras, looking for Dad's tomb. Also on hand is aninvestigator they know nothing about but who has been hired by a failing pharmaceuticals company to come back with the codex whatever the cost. Then the sons discover they have still another brother in the rainforest, who has filed teeth and wears tattoos. A fun dig with just a touch of Indiana Jones. First printing of 150,000; film rights to Paramount. Agent: Eric Simonoff/Janklow & Nesbit
From the Publisher
"Raiders of the Lost Ark meets The Amazing Race! A fast-paced, clever adventure."—Entertainment Weekly (A-) on The Codex

"Preston keeps the adventure high, springing plenty of nifty surprises along the way."—-People (3 ½ Stars) on The Codex

"Fascinating characters, exotic jungle scenery, and surprising twists make this nonstop thrill ride well worth deciphering. For all fiction collections."—Library Journal on The Codex

"A fun dig with just a touch of Indiana Jones."—Kirkus Reviews on The Codex

"Preston flies high and fast . . . a briskly involving science-based thriller. Rip-roaring jungle adventure, outfitted with a nasty villain, a beautiful blonde, two memorable Indian characters, hosts of wild animals, terrific atmosphere, and cliffhangers galore. Preston delivers the goods."—Publishers Weekly on The Codex

Entertainment Weekly
"Raiders of the Lost Ark meets The Amazing Race! A fast-paced, clever adventure.
People
"Preston keeps the adventure high, springing plenty of nifty surprises along the way.
Entertainment Weekly (A-)
"Raiders of the Lost Ark meets The Amazing Race! A fast-paced, clever adventure."
People (3 ½ Stars)
"Preston keeps the adventure high, springing plenty of nifty surprises along the way."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765359971
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 3.99 (w) x 6.96 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston is the co-author with Lincoln Child of the celebrated Pendergast series of novels, including such best-selling titles as Fever Dream, The Book of the Dead, The Wheel of Darkness, and Relic, which became a number one box office hit movie. His solo novels include the New York Times bestsellers Impact, Blasphemy, and Tyrannosaur Canyon. His most recent nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, is being made into a film starring George Clooney. Preston is an expert long-distance horseman, a member of the elite Long Riders Guild, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has travelled to remote parts of the world as an archaeological correspondent for The New Yorker. He also worked as an editor and writer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and taught nonfiction writing at Princeton University. Preston is the Co-president of International Thriller Writers, and serves on the Governing Council of the Authors Guild.

Biography

Douglas Preston was born in 1956 in Cambridge, MA, was raised in nearby Wellesley (where, by his own admission, he and his brothers were the scourge of the neighborhood!), and graduated from Pomona College in California with a degree in English literature.

Preston's first job was as a writer for the American Museum of Natural History in New York -- an eight year stint that led to the publication of his first book, Dinosaurs in the Attic and introduced him to his future writing partner, Lincoln Child, then working as an editor at St. Martin's Press. The two men bonded, as they worked closely together on the book. As the project neared completion, Preston treated Child to a private midnight tour of the museum, an excursion that proved fateful. As Preston tells it, "...in the darkened Hall of Late Dinosaurs, under a looming T. Rex, Child turned to [me] and said: 'This would make the perfect setting for a thriller!'" Their first collaborative effort, Relic, would not be published until 1995, by which time Preston had picked up stakes and moved to Santa Fe to pursue a full-time writing career.

In addition to writing novels (The Codex, Tyrannosaur Canyon) and nonfiction books on the American Southwest (Cities of Gold, Ribbons of Time), Preston has collaborated with Lincoln Child on several post-Relic thrillers. While not strictly a series, the books share characters and events, and the stories all take place in the same universe. The authors refer to this phenomenon as "The Preston-Child Pangea."

Preston divides his time between New Mexico and Maine, while Child lives in New Jersey -- a situation that necessitates a lot of long-distance communication. But their partnership (facilitated by phone, fax, and email) is remarkably productive and thoroughly egalitarian: They shape their plots through a series of discussions; Child sends an outline of a set of chapters; Preston writes the first draft of those chapters, which is subsequently rewritten by Child; and in this way the novel is edited back and forth until both authors are happy. They attribute the relatively seamless surface of their books to the fact that "[a]ll four hands have found their way into practically every sentence, at one time or another."

In between, Preston remains busy. He is a regular contributor to magazines like National Geographic, The New Yorker, Natural History, Smithsonian, Harper's, and Travel & Leisure, and he continues with varied solo literary projects. Which is not to say his partnership with Lincoln Child is over. Fans of the bestselling Preston-Child thrillers can be assured there are bigger and better adventures to come.

Good To Know

Douglas Preston counts among his ancestors the poet Emily Dickinson, the newspaperman Horace Greeley, and the infamous murderer and opium addict Amasa Greenough.

His brother is Richard Preston, the bestselling author of The Hot Zone, The Cobra Event, The Wild Trees, and other novels and nonfiction narratives.

Preston is an expert horseman and a member of the Long Riders Guild.

He is also a National Geographic Society Fellow, has traveled extensively around the world, and contributes archaeological articles to many magazines.

In our interview, Preston shared some fun and fascinating personal anecdotes.

"My first job was washing dishes in the basement of a nursing home for $2.10 an hour, and I learned as much about the value of hard work there as I ever did later."

"I need to write in a small room -- the smaller the better. I can't write in a big room where someone might sneak up behind my back."

"My hobbies are mountain biking, horseback riding and packing, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, camping, cooking, and skiing."

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The Codex


By Preston, Douglas

Forge Books

Copyright © 2005 Preston, Douglas
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780765346292

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Tom Broadbent turned the last corner of the winding drive and found his two brothers already waiting at the great iron gates of the Broadbent compound. Philip, irritated, was knocking the dottle out of his pipe on one of the gateposts while Vernon gave the buzzer a couple of vigorous presses. The house stood beyond them, silent and dark, rising from the top of the hill like some pasha's palace, its clerestories, chimneys, and towers gilded in the rich afternoon light of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
"It's not like Father to be late," said Philip. He slipped the pipe between his white teeth and closed down on the stem with a little click. He gave the buzzer a stab of his own, checked his watch, shot his cuff. Philip looked pretty much the same, Tom thought: briar pipe, sardonic eye, cheeks well shaved and after-shaved, hair brushed straight back from a tall brow, gold watch winking at the wrist, dressed in gray worsted slacks and navy jacket. His English accent seemed to have gotten a shade plummier. Vernon, on the other hand, in his gaucho pants, sandals, long hair, and beard, looked uncannily like Jesus Christ.
"He's playing another one of his games with us," said Vernon, giving the buzzer a few more jabs. The wind whispered through the piñon trees, bringing with it a smell of warm resin and dust. The great house was silent.
The smell of Philip's expensive tobacco drifted on theair. He turned to Tom. "And how are things, Tom, out there among the Indians?"
"Fine".
"Glad to hear it."
"And with you?"
"Terrific. Couldn't be better."
"Vernon?" Tom asked.
"Everything's fine. Just great."
The conversation faltered, and they looked around at each other, and then away, embarrassed. Tom never had much to say to his brothers. A crow passed overhead, croaking. An uneasy silence settled on the group gathered at the gate. After a long moment Philip gave the buzzer a fresh series of jabs and scowled through the wrought iron, grasping the bars. "His car's still in the garage. The buzzer must be broken." He drew in air. "Halloo! Father! Halloo! Your devoted sons are here!"
There was a creaking sound as the gate opened slightly under his weight.
"The gate's unlocked," Philip said in surprise. "He never leaves the gate unlocked."
"He's inside, waiting for us," said Vernon. "That's all."
They put their shoulders to the heavy gate and swung it open on protesting hinges. Vernon and Philip went back to get their cars and park them inside, while Tom walked in. He came face-to-face with the house--his childhood home. How many years since his last visit? Three? It filled him with odd and conflicting sensations, the adult coming back to the scene of his childhood. It was a Santa Fe compound in the grandest sense. The graveled driveway swept in a semicircle past a massive pair of seventeenth-century zaguan doors, spiked together from slabs of hand-hewn mesquite. The house itself was a low-slung adobe structure with curving walls, sculpted buttresses, vigas, latillas, nichos, portals, real chimney pots--a work of sculptural art in itself. It was surrounded by cottonwood trees and an emerald lawn. Situated at the top of a hill, it had sweeping views of the mountains and high desert, the lights of town, and the summer thunderheads rearing over the Jemez Mountains. The house hadn't changed, but it felt different. Tom reflected that maybe it was he who was different.
One of the garage doors was open, and Tom saw his father's green Mercedes Gelaendewagen parked in the bay. The other two bays were shut. He heard his brother's cars come crunching around the driveway, stopping by the portal. The doors slammed, and they joined Tom in front of the house.
That was when a troubled feeling began to gather in the pit of Tom's stomach.
"What are we waiting for?" asked Philip, mounting the portal and striding up to the zaguan doors, giving the doorbell a firm series of depresses. Vernon and Tom followed.
There was nothing but silence.
Philip, always impatient, gave the bell a final stab. Tom could hear the deep chimes going off inside the house. It sounded like the first few bars of "Mame," which, he thought, would be typical of Father's ironic sense of humor.
"Halloo!" Philip called through cupped hands.
Still nothing.
"Do you think he's all right?" Tom asked. The uneasy feeling was getting stronger.
"Of course he's all right," said Philip crossly. "This is just another one of his games." He pounded on the great Mexican door with a closed fist, booming and rattling it.
As Tom looked about, he saw that the yard had an unkempt look, the grass unmowed, new weeds sprouting in the tulip beds.
"I'm going to take a look in a window," Tom said.
He forced his way through a hedge of trimmed chamisa, tiptoed through a flower bed, and peered in the living room window. Something was very wrong, but it took him a moment to realize just what. The room seemed normal: same leather sofas and wing chairs, same stone fireplace, same coffee table. But above the fireplace there had been a big painting--he couldn't remember which one--and now it was gone. He racked his brains. Was it the Braque or the Monet? Then he noticed that the Roman bronze statue of a boy that held court to the left of the fireplace was also gone. The bookshelves revealed holes where books had been taken out. The room had a disorderly look. Beyond the doorway to the hall he could see trash lying on the floor, some crumpled paper, a strip of bubble wrap, and a discarded roll of packing tape.
"What's up, Doc?" Philip's voice came floating around the corner.
"You better have a look."
Philip picked his way through the bushes with his Ferragamo wingtips, a look of annoyance screwed into his face. Vernon followed.
Philip peeked through the window, and he gasped. "The Lippi," he said. "Over the sofa. The Lippi's gone! And the Braque over the fireplace! He's taken it all away! He's sold it!"
Vernon spoke. "Philip, don't get excited. He probably just packed the stuff up. Maybe he's moving. You've been telling him for years this house was too big and isolated."
Philip's face relaxed abruptly. "Yes. Of course."
"That must be what this mysterious meeting's all about," Vernon said.
Philip nodded and mopped his brow with a silk handkerchief. "I must be tired from the flight. Vernon, you're right. Of course they've been packing. But what a mess they've made of it. When Father sees this he's going to have a fit."
There was a silence as all three sons stood in the shrubbery looking at each other. Tom's own sense of unease had reached a high pitch. If their father was moving, it was a strange way to go about it.
Philip took the pipe out of his mouth. "What say, do you think this is another one of his little challenges to us? Some little puzzle?"
"I'm going to break in," Tom said.
"The alarm."
"The hell with the alarm."
Tom went around to the back of the house, his brothers following. He climbed over a wall into a small enclosed garden with a fountain. There was a bedroom window at eye level. Tom wrestled a rock out of the raised flower-bed wall. He brought it to the window, positioned himself, and hefted it to his shoulder.
"Are you really going to smash the window?" said Philip. "How sporting."
Tom heaved the rock, and it went crashing through the window. As the tinkling of glass subsided they all waited, listening.
Silence.
"No alarm," said Philip.
Tom shook his head. "I don't like this."
Philip stared through the broken window, and Tom could see a sudden thought blooming on his face. Philip cursed and in a flash had vaulted through the broken windowframe--wingtips, pipe, and all.
Vernon looked at Tom. "What's with him?"
Without answering, Tom climbed through the window. Vernon followed.
The bedroom was like the rest of the house--stripped of all art. It was a mess: dirty footprints on the carpet, trash, strips of packing tape, bubble wrap, and packing popcorn, along with nails and the sawed butt ends of lumber. Tom went to the hall. The view disclosed more bare walls where he remembered a Picasso, another Braque, and a pair of Mayan stelae. Gone, all gone.
With a rising feeling of panic he ventured down the hall, stopping at the archway to the living room. Philip was there, standing in the middle of the room, looking about, his face absolutely white. "I told him again and again this would happen. He was so bloody careless, keeping all this stuff here. So damn bloody careless."
"What?" Vernon cried, alarmed. "What is it, Philip? What's happened?"
Philip said, his agonized voice barely above a whisper, "We've been robbed!"
 
Copyright 2004 by Splendide Mendax, Inc.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2006

    Great Book for an Escape

    Discovered Douglas Preston, The Codex through a friend's suggestion. Slow start until I caught the mood, then off with a dash. Found the writing style to be a page turner mystery, about three-quarters through I thought I had the story line, but alas, discovered I was mislead by the anticipation of the results. Beautiful descriptive writing, so realistic. Enjoyed my first exposure to Mr. Preston's writing style.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2004

    Good Adventure Yarn

    Douglas Jones has written a fine adventure in the tradition of Indiana Jones and others who always seem to end up in exotic deserted temples with dangers encroaching from every side. Lush jungles, a priceless treasure, colorful natives, a mist-shrouded ancient city at the edge of a bottomless abyss, and hostile soldiers shooting at everything in sight- what more could you ask? If this type of tale is your cup of tea, look no further, open up the book, and enjoy!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2004

    EXCELLENT

    IF YOU NEED A BOOK TO JUST TAKE YOU INTO THE AMAZON AND LEAVE YOU THERE, THEN THIS IS FOR YOU. EXCELLENT STORY LINE THAT IS ALMOST MAKING ME LATE FOR WORK!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    Great thrill ride of a read

    What a read!! From the first pages I was unable to put this exciting thriller down. Once more Preston and Childs, whether together or alone, come through. The plot twists and visuals created by the words make this, and the others written by this author/team, well worth the lost sleep you experience by not being able to put it down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2009

    Fun and entertaining

    Just a good, exciting story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2008

    A real page turner

    The book captures you immediately and keeps you on the hook the entire time. It is definitely 'Indiana Jones' meets the 'Great Race'.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2005

    Decent Book

    The Codex is an okay book, I found myself bored pretty much the entire time while reading it. The story seems as if takes place in the same exact place the whole time which is boring. It was one of those books where I had to finish the book just to finish it hoping the ending would at least be gratifying, but it was thoroughly disappointing. This book shouldn't be on your're next to read list, find another book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2005

    Title is better than the book

    I had such high hopes for this book. It sounded so good! Many parts were so goofy (a High School literature student could have written these lines) it was almost rediculous, but still I read on. Then there came those suspensful moments that ended up just too obvious and predictable. Too bad! It's a fun ride none the less. Good to read on long plane flights or lazy evenings.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2005

    Adventure in the Amazon

    Preston never ceases to entertain. I've found other adventure books to be dragging in recent years, but this one finnally picks up the pace. More than that, the characters are all worth caring about. Perfect blend of characterization, action and compelling stroyline. Worth every minute spent reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2004

    A terrific read that will take you into the jungle

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I picked up this as a cd ('book on tape') from the public library, as a fill in before the next Preston/Child Agent Pendergast novel hit the stores. I was very impressed. The reader is one of the best on the market, and as anyone who listens to books knows, this is very important. The story takes you away to the jungle; you can feel the bugs biting! The detail is great, and the book is a must read for action junkies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2004

    Nothing spectacular...

    This was my first Douglas Preston novel, and I'm not sure that it started out on the best foot. I read the book rating in People magazine and thought that it sounded unbelieveably good. I borrowed it from the library and read the whole thing, but I was never really caught up in it. There were some parts where I thought the book was going really great, but they never lasted too long. I would've stopped reading it and returned it, but I just don't start books and not finish them...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2004

    fantastic book

    As always Douglas Preston writes another superb novel. Any book with his name on it is a must read for me. The book was a little different than I imagined but still a fantastic adventure

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2004

    A little disappointing

    I expected more after all the hype. I found out Honduras is a more trackless place than I realized via some great descriptions of swamp life. But absent the atmospherics, the story is a pretty straightforward go-get-the-treasure sort of adventure. Not bad for a rainy afternoon, but not much to write home about.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL BOOK

    If it hadn't been for this fantastic book I would NEVER have read every single book that Preston and Child wrote both together and individually.

    The covers of Relic and their other joint books looked too scary! But after discovering how exciting and funny this book was I had the courage to read Relic and all of the rest. AND I LOVE THEM ALL.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Very good reading.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    drama

    drama, very drama

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2006

    He Should Stick with His Parnter

    I have all (I think) of Preston and Childs' books. I think the duo is better. The Codex makes like it has the big treasure -like Ice Limit and Riptide. However, it lacks credibility in how it intends to reach the payoff. How did Broadbent get all those delicate knick knacks through the jungle? IT was secret, but they figured it out immediately. Why didn't they use a heicopter? Just because it was restricted air- they were all rich, bribe someone! The characeters were cardboard. The nice guy who gets the girl. The prissy one, the mean one. The surprise brother. This book read like Preston was trying to get TNT to purchase the story for a TV movie. Dissappointed, to say the least.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2005

    Horrible, just horrible

    I am a huge and loyal Lincoln/Child fan, but I'm sorry, this book was probably the worst waste of a tree ever! I wanted nothing more than to have Sally Colorado DIE throughout the whole book. I think she must be the most offensive and annoying literary character in history! Terrible plot, cartoonish bad guys, annoying characters and NO ONE and I mean NO ONE would fall in love with the female lead in this one! ugh! Use this one to line your bird cage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2004

    Not his best, not his worst.

    The book starts off slow, but picks up about a third of the way through. His collaborationsf with Lincoln Child are much better, but The Codex is still worth the time. Buy it in paperback or get it from the library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2004

    Disappointingi

    A major disappointment. After 50 pages I returned it to the library. Two-dimensional characters and sophomoric writing style. Guess I'll wait for the Preston-Child novel with Agent Pendergast.

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