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The Codex

3 Ratings: 0.3
A book by Douglas Preston

Half of the writing team responsible for Relic, The Cabinet of Curiosities and other adventure bestsellers takes a solo flight, as Preston's writing partner, Lincoln Child, did in last year's Utopia. Like Child, Preston flies high and fast, turning in … see full wiki

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Author: Douglas Preston
Publisher: Forge Books
3 reviews about The Codex
review by . November 07, 2008
This second book of Preston that I read back to back (see Riptide) shows a bit of progress in pacing and characterization, but regression in its slavish imitation of Grisham's legal thrillers, Cussler's action thrillers, and Cook and Crichton's paleo-medical thrillers.    Book-length equivalent of a word-search puzzle. It passes the time and provides a measure of mental exercise--but not much!
review by . January 09, 2005
The premise behind this book is that a wealthy collector of antiquities bequeaths his collection worth 500 Million to his sons. The only problem is that he has buried his collection along with himself somewhere in the world. The sons' task is to find it.    This had the makings up front of a great book along the lines of The Da Vinci Code where you would be tracking down clues to find the ultimate goal. However, it didn't work out that way. The brothers almost immediately know …
review by . March 06, 2004
Take an unconvincing plot, mix it with characters whose depth is fingerscratch deep, add an obligatory sex scene while hero and heroine are facing death and toss in a few cliches and, presto, you have "The Codex."   A recluse billionaire with perhaps three sons keeps a half-billion dollar collection of antiquities and art in his home. He summons his three sons to come at a specific time - and they find dying daddy and the collection gone.   A talented writer could have made something …
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