"The Codex" is a pretty typical jungle/treasure adventure. However, Doug Preston throws in enough twists and suprises to make it a good read.
Three brothers embark on independent journeys to recover their recently departed father's hidden treasure. Disasters and treachery result in the brothers working together to find the treasure before the bad guys.
The story twists and turns through betrayals,double crosses,love affairs,battles and suprises leaveing the brothers with a fourth heretofore unknown member of the family, a fiance and a medical treasure beyond imagination.
I am a big fan of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child both individually and as a team. This is a solid handling of the story. Few authors could make this well-used storyline interesting enough to keep me reading till the end. The second half of the book gets more and more interesting and ends on a positive.
The chracters are well developed and the backstory is pretty cool. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys adventure, and especially to anyone who likes Preston and Child.
I really enjoyed this one! A great adventure taking a group of brothers to the Honduran jungle in search of their legacy that their father has hidden away in his tomb in an ancient Mayan temple. Of course there is a very wicked bad guy to deal with who is also after the loot. And among the treasure is an ancient Mayan codex that could contain cures or remedies for many of today's illnesses. Great adventure Indiana Jones style! I have several Preston/Child books on my bookshelf that I haven't read yet - I need to get to them soon!
I was excite about the premise of this story but found it not to be a well written story. The actual Mayan Codex this book is titled after seems to have been an after thought when mentioned most of the time. I have been spoiled by better writers. Take it on vacation or to the beach but don't let it delay you from reading other books. And the monkey is safe as long as its in the Tom's pocket because its not ever in the violent events Tom is in.