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The Codex opens with the disappearance of a fabulously wealthy archaeologist and tomb robber, Maxwell Broadbent. He leaves his three underachieving sons a video-taped message; informing them that he has been buried with his spoils and challenging them to track down the location of their half a billion dollar inheritance.
The sons' quest leads them to the inhospitable environment of South American jungle, and is further complicated by the interest of other parties who are drawn to the riches that lie within the missing treasure-hunter's tomb.
The search for Broadbent's riches runs parallel with a search for an ancient Mayan manuscript that is part of his collection. This codex has the potential to provide scientists with a cure for many of the world's diseases; and may therefore have a commercial value that far exceeds Broadbent's fortune.
Preston's novel is certainly easy to read and unfolds with a cinematic quality. The plot has several interesting twists and you are introduced to some memorable characters along the way. If you are looking for an action / adventure tale that you can dip into easily - you could do a lot worse than The Codex.
(Amazon - £5.49)
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