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El códice maya (original 2003; edition 2005)

by Douglas Preston, Aurora Echevarría (Tr)

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Title:El códice maya
Authors:Douglas Preston
Other authors:Aurora Echevarría (Tr)
Info:Barcelona : Plaza & Janés Editores, 2005
Collections:Leídos, Read but unowned
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The Codex by Douglas Preston (2003)

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Great story,lots of surprises, completed 09-11-2014, great entainment for a buck
  trexm5qp7 | Sep 11, 2014 |
Not too bad for an adventure-type novel. I guiltily enjoyed it and might look at some of Preston's other books. ( )
  lgwapnitsky | Feb 6, 2014 |
Not Preston's best book but still enjoyable. ( )
  Nathaniel.Burns | Oct 28, 2013 |
Maxwell Broadbent disappears with half a billion dollars worth of art. His sons are called to the carpet by the police they summon after they think the house has been robbed until they find out that the "looter" is their own father.

If you want to feel better about one of your parents, this book is an entertaining way to thank your lucky stars that Maxwell Broadbent is not your dad.

This is also a book about trust, which turns notions of what I think about people a bit on their heads.

The most interesting part to me was the Codex, a Mayan encyclopedia of all the plants, insects and animals in the rainforest and their medicinal properties. It was so fascinating to me that, while the bad guys wanted the art, money and jewels, the things that everyone really wanted was the Codex. ( )
  jlapac | Aug 14, 2013 |
Maxwell Broadbent, wealthy "tomb raider" and collector of arts and antiquities, has discovered he is dying of cancer, and has decided to hide himself and his vast fortune of arts and treasures from the past in the tomb of an ancient civilization, challenging his three sons to earn their inheritance by finding his burial place. Among the treasures secreted away is a Mayan Codex, an ancient compendium of Mayan medicines and cures, of incalculable wealth to any pharmaceutical company. The three sons, long-estranged from their judgmental and disapproving father, eventually join their efforts to track down their father's final resting spot in the Honduran jungle, and must contend not only against the Central American jungle, but an unscrupulous and dangerous foe who has learned of the Codex, and will stop at nothing to possess it. A good and suspenseful summer read by one of my favorite practitioners of the suspense thriller genre. ( )
  burnit99 | Jul 8, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 076534629X, Mass Market Paperback)

"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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""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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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