The Codex

Douglas Preston

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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 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.

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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.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Douglas Preston's thriller novel The Codex. "Greetings from the dead," Maxwell Broadbent declared from the videotape he left behind after his mysterious disappearance. A notorious treasure hunter and tomb robber, Maxwell accumulated a priceless collection of rare art, gems, and artifacts before vanishing completely—along with all his riches. At first, robbery is suspected, but the truth proves far stranger: as a final challenge to his three sons, Maxwell has buried hims

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"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




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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.

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The Codex
Douglas Preston

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
April 2005
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765346292
ISBN10: 076534629X
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 416 pages
$7.99

Abridged Compact Disc

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Macmillan Audio
May 2011
Abridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427212887
ISBN10: 1427212880
Audio Run Time: 6:00
$32.99

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Abridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
January 2004
Abridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593973964
ISBN10: 1593973969
Audio Run Time: 6:00
$14.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429914451
ISBN10: 1429914459
400 pages
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