The Codex

The Codex

by Douglas Preston
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Overview

The Codex by Douglas Preston

"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.

The bestselling coauthor of such page-turning thrillers as Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities, Douglas Preston now spins an unforgettable tale of greed, adventure, and betrayal in The Codex.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429914451
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 42,494
File size: 540 KB

About the Author

Douglas Preston, a regular contributor to The New Yorker, has worked for the American Museum of Natural History, and taught English at Princeton University. With his frequent collaborator Lincoln Child, he has authored such bestselling thrillers as The Cabinet of Curiosities, The Ice Limit, Thunderhead, Riptide, Reliquary, Mount Dragon, and Relic, which became a major Hollywood picture. An earlier solo novel, Jennie, was published by Tor Books and was turned into a television movie.


Douglas Preston is the co-author with Lincoln Child of the celebrated Pendergast series of novels, including such bestselling 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, The Codex, and Tyrannosaur Canyon. 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 on the Board of Directors for International Thriller Writers, and serves on the Governing Council of the Authors Guild.

Place of Birth:

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Education:

B.A., Pomona College, 1978

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The Codex 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book captures you immediately and keeps you on the hook the entire time. It is definitely 'Indiana Jones' meets the 'Great Race'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a good, exciting story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
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I think ill skip traveling to Honduras after this gritty tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book lacked reality
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Very good reading.
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