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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 in The Codex.
find what you’re looking for, maybe then you’ll have the wisdom to give a little bit of your money away, a little bit.” “Thank you, Father.” “I’m also going to send you back with a bagful of gems and coins so I can pay Uncle Sam.” “All right.” “And now, Tom, it’s your turn. What’s your pick?” Tom glanced at Sally. “We’d like the Codex.” Broadbent nodded. “Interesting choice. It’s yours. And now, Borabay, last but not least. What is this mysterious thing you want that isn’t in the cave?”
yours, too, I imagine.” “Yes. Here’s a book that contains all the medicinal secrets of the rainforest, accumulated over centuries. We’re talking about the richest rainforest in the world, with hundreds of thousands of species of plants and animals—many still unknown to science. The Maya knew every plant, every animal, everything in that rainforest. And everything they knew went into this book.” She trotted her horse alongside him. Her loose hair spilled and swung as she caught up. “Do you
Utah border, along a vast and lonely highway between endless prairies of sagebrush and chamisa. Shiprock towered in the distance, a dark thrust of stone into blue sky. Tom, driving, felt a great relief that it was over. He had done what he promised, he had helped Sally find out where his father had gone. What she did next was up to her. She could either wait until his brothers came out of the jungle with the Codex—provided they found the tomb—or she could try to catch up to them herself. He, at
thought, the way she silently insinuated herself through the understory. Sally paused, held up her hand. Slowly she raised the gun, aimed, and fired. An animal thrashed and squealed in the undergrowth, the sounds quickly subsiding. “I don’t know what it was, except that it was stout and furry.” In the bushes they found the animal, lying on its side, its four legs sticking out horizontally. “Some kind of peccary,” said Tom, looking down at it in distaste. He would never get used to butchering
pendants, another ring. He pocketed the smaller gold and jade items as he took a slow turn around the burial chamber. The corpse’s skull lay at the far end of the burial platform. Sometime in the span of centuries its jaw had come loose and fallen wide open, giving the skull a look of astonishment, as if it couldn’t quite believe it was dead. The flesh was mostly gone, but a mess of braided hair lay loosely on the dome of the skull. He reached down and picked the skull up. The jaw swung down,