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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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Max Broadbent, who is dying of cancer, leaves a videotape to his three sons announcing that he has buried himself and his half-billion dollar art and antiquities collection in a tomb in an undisclosed location. If the sons want their inheritance, they must track down the tomb. This begins a long treasure hunt through the jungles and rain forests of Honduras. The title refers to a codex, a Mayan compendium of plant pharmacology that becomes the most hotly contested object of the treasure hunt.

The story line switches between the separate treasure hunting parties and the pharmaceutical company executive who desperately needs the codex to keep his company from going bankrupt. The action converges in a final showdown over the treasure.

There are so many exotic natives, battles between man and beast, chases, narrow escapes, and ancient ruins that it resembles an Indiana Jones film. In fact, the story is perfectly suited to become a movie. The premise of this story might be far-fetched, but stay with it and you will be rewarded with a grand adventure, full of danger, treachery and surprises. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Light fluffy mass appeal adventure entertainment. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Maxwell Broadbent leaves his three sons a videotape telling them he has removed his great store of artworks, worth approximately 100 million dollars, and buried the treasure and himself in a tomb somewhere in the world. The sons set off sperately to find the treasure and quickly all realize it is in Peru and that the treasure contains a priceless Mayan codex with thousands of medicinal plants recorded in it. A decent thriller that took a little while to get going. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
A wealthy father who has sons that did not meet his expectations does not want to leave them his inheritance. So he take his treasure with him to the grave, which happens to be a mayan tomb he had robbed to get rich in the first place. The sons will have to work together if they plan on succeeding. As they have to fight indians and army soldiers this book is non stop action. ( )
  JWarrenBenton | Jan 4, 2016 |
A wealthy father who has sons that did not meet his expectations does not want to leave them his inheritance. So he take his treasure with him to the grave, which happens to be a mayan tomb he had robbed to get rich in the first place. The sons will have to work together if they plan on succeeding. As they have to fight indians and army soldiers this book is non stop action. ( )
  JWarrenBenton | Jan 4, 2016 |
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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.
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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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