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Кодекс 632

(Tomás Noronha #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  4,494 ratings  ·  259 reviews
Професорът по история и експерт по криптография Томаш Нороня е поканен да довърши изследването на учен, намерен мъртъв при странни обстоятелства. Преди смъртта си колегата му е проучвал епохата на Великите географски открития по поръчка на голяма американска фондация.

В книжата на стария професор Томаш се натъква на странен шифър, който той трябва да разкодира. Оказва се, ч
Paperback, 480 pages
Published 2010 by Хермес (first published 2005)
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Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know that a lot of more-qualified critics (like the Washington Post and Kirkus Review) gushed about Codex 632. Meh, I just don’t think these Da Vinci Code-type books are my cup of tea. So, what I am describing are my feelings—why I didn’t like the book.

Codex 632 is about the origins of Christopher Columbus and his discoveries. It’s full of history, cryptology, travel etc. The facts behind what is discussed ad nauseum is interesting – for a while… However, for me, absolutely nothing else worked
David Bales
May 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Pretty good Portuguese novel about a university professor hired by a theoretically scholarly organization to find out when Brazil was actually first visited by Europeans turns into a Da Vinci Code-type potboiler on the real identity of Christopher Columbus, (if that is really his name!) Full of some twists and turns on three continents as the story weaves from the U.S. to Portugal and then to Brazil. I think this would have been better as a non-fiction book since dos Santos doesn't really write ...more
Maria Carmo
This first adventure of Professor Tomás Noronha is an excellent and instructive book. The whole approach to the plot is quite interesting, and all the knowledge the Author shares about Cristovão Columbus and his REAL origins is amazing and breathtaking for those who love History. I loved this book!

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon 29 November 2017
Sep 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I’m going to try to explain something here that I’m not sure how to explain. I’ve recently read several novels that are translations into English and in more than one I feel as if I’m missing something. This novel is translated from Portuguese and although it’s thoroughly readable and flows well enough there is something about the main character that just doesn’t work for me and I’m not sure what it is. He just isn’t believable. There is something awkward and stiff about him even when he’s ...more
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The level of historical research and data in this book is impressive, and is by far its best asset. The main theme (the personality and origin of Christopher Columbus) is a fascinating one. Unfortunately, that's about all I can say on the plus side. The historical detail was too overwhelming and distracting, especially for those of us who like to actually retain what they read. Instead of contributing to the plot, it ended up detracting from it. The author could have achieved the same literary e ...more
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this for the research, it's worth it. The plot is kind of weak and the dialogues are somewhat "forced" and boring (this is not a translation problem as I read portuguese original edition), but the historical part justifies reading this book.
David Cavaco
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keep in mind that this Dan Brown-like novel was translated from Portuguese and some of the characters and dialogue can be clumsy at times. However, the book's real treasure is the documented history that the author incorporates into the novel's story that will blow many readers away. Most Portuguese are aware today's accepted version of Columbus' origins and mission is full of fallacies and forgeries. Columbus's life in Portugal and his connection to the Portuguese monarchs, along with their kno ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
I listened to this an audiobook - I always say this because I think that inevitably it has an effect on your experience with the book.

I enjoyed some aspects of this book, but the basic plot points seem too basic for me. Almost everything I would expect to have happen ended up happening. The characters were not deep at all, and the book certainly has a dim view of Americans (at least the ones in the story aren't doing us any favors). I'm not a big flag-waver, but the stereotypes were off-putting.
Mar 22, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate nothing more than a book where the author condescendingly explains every thought as though his/her reader couldn't keep up with the completely obvious conclusion they wanted you to draw. Because this author does that to an extreme, I can't give it any more than 2 stars, despite it's intriguing proposition of the true identity of Columbus.
Sep 08, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book was a waste of time. I kept expecting it to get more exciting, but it didn't. Instead of a "DaVinci Code"-style thriller, it was more of a boring scholarly hunt through old documents. And when the "secret identity of Christopher Columbus" is revealed, I thought "who cares?"
Kimber Frantz
Codex 632: The Secret Identity of Christopher Columbus: A Novel by Jose Rodrigues Dos Santos

Thomas Noronha, a professor of ancient languages at a Lisbon university and an expert at code breaking, is hired by an enigmatic American organization with deep pockets to complete the research of another professor who died suddenly while working on research related to the euro-discovery of Brazil. Thomas retraces the deceased professor's steps and discovers that the research was not limited to Brazilian
Oct 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Selin Apaydin
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Stacey Lozano
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2018
If you are looking for a good fictional story of who Columbus could have been, this gives it to you. It's more of a text book writing, and when the characters are sharing their information they can get a bit pompous, but it's interesting connection of dots. However, the story this is told within feels incomplete. I finished it, and that says something, but I think it was in hopes for more connection. Not a horrible read, but just missing a bit of heart. Maybe because of the translation?
Jan 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Book was published in several languages and to my misfortune I have read an uncensored version of it. Clearly the author identifies himself with the main character and tells us all his dirtiest sexual desires, while this book was supposed to be about cracking the code and adventure. Long story short, it was a pitiful imitation of Dan Brown. The plot was quite good to my surprise, but due to repulsive writing style I give it just 1 star.
Eco Imp
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, fiction
Listened to during commute to/from work. Ensnared by the first page I wanted to drive around just to listen.

Along the lines of Da Vinci Code but better. I now have many additions to sites I wish to visit: all of them libraries that I have no credentials to enter, alas.

Recommend highly.
Jean-Michel Desire
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
This is another of Professor Tomas Noronha's adventures. The author yet again demonstrated with incredible simplicity how history has us fooled. In fact, the facts presented are so detailed that in a few places, the reading gets a little heavy. But overall, it is an eye-opener as to how we can be misled to some beliefs.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly fictionalized, the book made me have a great time. I felt overwhelming while reading the parts Tomas Noronha reports the findings of his research, and the logic of Jose Rodrigues dos Santos was not so convincing at times. In overall, quite a good read though.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dan Brown style, but repetitive and with worst writing. Positive point: historical annotations.
Giovany Arana Loaiza
It has very interesting historical facts. The personal matters of Thomas are not very relevant to the historical approaches of the novel.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have picked this book up on several occasions and I just cannot get into it! I have given up on this book, life is too short!
Not as fast paced as I would have liked but still good.
Rossen Naydenov
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, that makes you think
J. Else
Jun 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am so sick of books being carelessly compared to "DaVinci Code." Just because its a search to uncover mysteries in history does not mean its "DaVinci Code." This book does not have a feel of urgency to it. The history is not that interesting to override character flaws. And the characters are poor. Half the time is spent on characters sitting at the beach or walking around foreign cities. This does not compare to "DaVinci Code" on so many levels.

I just cannot finish this book. I'm too turned o
I debated long and hard about whether to give this book two or three stars. I think if I was being totally neutral about the rating, I would round it up to three, but since every other rating on here is relative to my personal reaction to a book and not whether I think it has objective literary merit, I'm going with two. Firstly, let me say that if you only read the opening and closing chapters of Codex 632, you would think, "Damn, I bet this was a pretty good read -- maybe even worthy of the Da ...more
I really enjoy books about historical mysteries. Columbus origins may, or may not, be a mystery and I love books that focus on different and original theories. I have to confess, though, that I had this book in the TBR pile for 6 years and only recently did I decide to read it.

The author, Jose Rodrigues dos Santos, is a well known journalist and I have no doubt that many people have picked this one up just because of that. My mother read it and some friends did too but their reviews were nothing
Joana Silva
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery
I've read this book some years ago (January 2006 I think), but I decided to post about it because it was written by one of my favorite Portuguese writers. José Rodrigues dos Santos we born in Mozambique and now e lives in Lisbon. He teaches at a university of Lisbon and is a journalist at RTP (the Portuguese public television station). He wrote the book that probably is my favorite romance written by a Portuguese author (The White Angel - literal title translation - which, I think, it's not tran ...more
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
A very Dan Brown-ish take on a researcher discovering a basic understanding of our history is wrong. I won’t say much more so as not to give away the plot. This asks to be compared to a Brown page-turner. In my mind, the writing here is better. I didn’t catch the clunky sentences that Brown’s books seem to have on occasion. That’s a plus, although it might be due to an excellent translation. To the negative, the plot is light on action. There’s some action that happens off stage that is describe ...more
Ugh, I've been avoiding writing this review forever, I suppose I should just get to it.

Back in sixth grade, I saw the film The Hunt for Red October. And I loved it. It was wonderful. It was my new favorite movie. So I bought the book, thinking I would like that too -- and it was horrible. I only got, like, a third of the way through it -- and I didn't stop reading books back then.

It was just so boring. The example I gave to people at the time: Ryan would be explaining something to someone, and i
Mar 06, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won-t-finish
I usually like stories like this, even the mediocre ones, but this one fell really flat. Minor spoilers ahead You know the femme fatale is the femme fatale the second she enters the book, and of course the hero gets, uh, entangled with her but there's really no reason shown except she's a blond-haired, blue-eyed tall Swede with curls and big boobs. I suppose many real-world men have strayed from their families for even less motivation than that, but it doesn't really work in this book. And the o ...more
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