The Rosetta Codex [NOOK Book]

Overview

Cale Alexandros was five years old when his family's starship was attacked en route to Morningstar, the lone outpost of civilization on a savage planet. Cale escaped, only to be picked from the wreckage by nomads. He endured life as a slave until a sympathetic trader freed him, but Cale never forgot what happened in the desert wastes-in a strange, ancient temple, when he found a book with strange metal pages and cryptic writings.

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The Rosetta Codex

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Overview

Cale Alexandros was five years old when his family's starship was attacked en route to Morningstar, the lone outpost of civilization on a savage planet. Cale escaped, only to be picked from the wreckage by nomads. He endured life as a slave until a sympathetic trader freed him, but Cale never forgot what happened in the desert wastes-in a strange, ancient temple, when he found a book with strange metal pages and cryptic writings.

When he finally reaches Morningstar, he realizes the true importance of his discovery. The book is a key to understanding alien languages. But it also holds a secret that some people will do anything to control.
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Publishers Weekly
In this oddly old-fashioned and low-key space opera from Philip K. Dick Award-winner Russo (Ship of Fools), Cale Alexandros, the heir to a great mercantile family who's abandoned at age five on a backwater planet, grows up among savages. Barely surviving into adulthood, Cale makes his way out of the wasteland to the planet's one civilized city, where he discovers the Resurrectionists, a cult dedicated to unearthing the ancient technologies of an extinct alien race, and begins to understand the meaning of the Rosetta Codex, a strange artifact he himself discovered in the wasteland. Cale must also deal with the mysterious Blackburn and his employers, the Borg-like Sarakheen, who want the artifact for themselves. After regaining control of the Alexandros family holdings on another planet, Cale sets off on a journey that will transform the galaxy, his goal nothing less than the resurrection of the ancient aliens who created the codex. Russo's landscapes and technologies are nicely alien, but readers will have trouble attaching to his somewhat flat protagonist, whose motives for bringing the aliens back to life remain unclear. (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101208458
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/6/2005
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • File size: 383 KB

Meet the Author

Richard Paul Russo is the author of the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel, Ship of Fools, and the critically-acclaimed Carlucci series, including Destroying Angel, Carlucci's Edge, and Carlucci's Heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2006

    Jack Vance has nothing to fear

    After being blown away by Russo's last book (Ship of Fools), I was expecting quite a lot from this one. Although not bad, it failed to deliver in a lot of ways. I'll elucidate: The plot has a faint shadow of Jack Vance's 'Planet of Adventure', in that the main character arrives on a strange planet and wanders its surface discovering its denizens and their idiosyncrasies. Now Vance has the unique ability to conjure up an entire planet by the use of three apposite adjectives - however, Russo falls somewhat short. Vancian touches are apparent (for example animals and plants are named, but only vaguely-described), but this effort falls a little flat. By using the 'happy wanderer' theme, the book also fails to play to Russo's literary strength - namely his remarkable and rare ability to write credible sci-fi characters. The book also lags at the end (as do many of Vance's books), with a rather humdrum Deus ex Machina ending, more reminiscent of The Day the Earth Stood Still than contemporary sci-fi. All in all: not bad, but I'd like to see more character development and motive from this remarkable author's future work.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    very complex science fiction thriller

    The Exile Prince heads to Conrad¿s World with a filled hold and special passengers. A few hours before landing, three combat fighters attack the vessel. His father sends five year old Cale Alexandros accompanied by his nanny Sidonie in the Kestrel to the nearby planet with instructions to get to the only civilized spot Morningstar. However, the duo crash on Conrad¿s World. Nomads find them and rape Sidonie and leave her to die. They turn Cale into a slave. --- A decade passes when Blackburn the trader enables Cale to escape with him to Morningstar where he meets Sidonie, who survived her desert ordeal. She takes him home to his wealthy family. However, Cale believes that Morningstar is built on top of an alien culture and has found an ancient tome with weird metallic pages containing strange writings that he found in the desert. His family and Sidonie want him to stay home and cannot understand why Cale is obsessed with locating and entering the alien gate that his reference mentions unaware that friends are enemies planning to use him. --- THE ROSETTA CODEX is a very complex science fiction thriller from start to finish. Readers will enjoy journeying with Cale whose captivity along with the book he found shape his existence though that upsets his family. The story line is action-packed and the support cast is established to enhance the plot. However, this fine alien planet thriller belongs to Cale, whose enslavement has made him so different from his family that they cannot comprehend his need to return to the place of horrors and believe he is a fool to want to ship out again. Richard Paul Russo provides a strong character-driven outer space adventure. --- Harriet Klausner

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