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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  18,444 ratings  ·  604 reviews
Die Söhne der Familie Broadbent sind seit Jahren zerstritten. Doch dann verschwindet ihr Vater - mitsamt seinem Vermögen. Nur wenn es den Brüdern gelingt, ihre Differenzen zu überwinden, können sie ihn finden und das Erbe retten. Was die drei nicht wissen: Unter den Schätzen, die Maxwell Broadbent im Lauf seines Lebens aus Königsgräbern geraubt hat, befindet sich auch der ...more
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Jason Anthony
Dec 30, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you read Dan Brown's books and thought, "You know -- I'd like this more if the writing was poorer, the plot structure less interesting, and the anthropological assumptions weaker and more stereotypical" then this is the book for you.

I have read most of Dan Brown's work and I find it an amusing distraction that often teaches me something I then cross reference. The only thing "The Codex" taught me is that Dan Brown is deserving of a bit more respect because his books are fast-paced and keep y
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun adventure tale set in the rain forests of Honduras. An Indiana Jones type of plot, looking for an ancient codex of plant medicines. Some jungle scenes went on a bit long, but the characters were interesting.
João  Jorge
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dentists! You evil bastards!
Recommended to João by: Bastard who made the cover look good!
Shelves: pulp-fiction, action
To make my feelings perfectly clear about “The Codex” I should start by mentioning that my favorite character in the novel was a monkey! That is how uncompelling, boring, bland and completely devoid of any interest, the rest of the characters are.
The plot of the book is extraordinarily stupid. You get that just by reading the back of the cover. I was ready for a fun romp through the jungle, a kick-ass adventure full of dangers and perhaps some ancient ruins with traps and improbable but cool ac
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: men-s-adventure
A rich man who tore his wealth away from the jungles and deserts of the world, attempts to raise his sons the way Doc Savage was raised. It fails completely, and all the sons are upper class losers.

Then the rich man disappears. And so does all of his wealth. The sons pursue the riches into the jungle, finding themselves in the process of dodging all the dangers of the jungle, plus some other people hunting the riches, and a priceless Mayan Codex.

Not bad at all, but not as great. Lincoln Child re
Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did the first 24 chapters - everything has been set; the search, the place, the swamp, and the help from local villages. There are 3 teams in search of the buried treasure; Tom & Sally, Philip and his father old friend, Vernon and the Teacher. Along with couple of strong armies. Seems more a race to the treasure buried by Max. The only gift given to the 3 sons - is it worth the challenge...
Yup is worth the challenge...not to spoil your reading. But is something you must read on to find out. We
Jeff Dickison
This one is just too silly for words. Almost every cliche ever used in a jungle/lost treasure book is used here. The only saving grace is that a few scenes, although horribly predictable, are a little interesting, and I am a fan of Preston & Child. ...more
Aug 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
it was better than the last indiana jones movie. if you liked that you would probably like this book.
Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

The story was like an action movie full of family squabbles, lure of wealth, backstabbing losers and a couple of light bulb moments of goodness. Good popcorn story!
I stand by pretty much everything I said last time. It's pretty fast paced. It's fun if a little dumb. In short, pretty solid airplane fiction.

On reread, I'm bumping this down to three stars. It's a fun story - rich old man decides that his sons aren't worthy of inheriting so takes himself off to Central America to be buried with his art collection, like Mayan royalty. The sons have to decide if they want to go after him and become tomb robbers (which is how their father got
Justin Lambert
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Here's hoping this Preston novel is as fantastic as the last. I'm only on page 7 so far, but I've got high hopes!

So I finished The Codex in record time, but not for the reason I would hope. See, I was sick for a few days so I pretty much did nothing but sit and read and cough and blow my nose and read some more.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, but I've kind of developed a Douglas Preston addiction of late and the book kind of felt a touch anti-climatic to me. Maybe it's just a matter of
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005
Right after I started this one, it seemed familiar. I think my dad listened to it on audio when it came out in hardback and told me about it. Three sons, an inheritance, and their crazy old man who decides to make them prove themselves by burying himself and his "treasure" in a tomb for them to seek out and claim. Action-packed, psycho bad-guy, lots of jungle adventure, and even a little romance. A quote on the cover compares it to Indiana Jones and the Amazing Race, and it's not too far off. Fu ...more
Larry Hamilton
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing, fast paced and suspenseful story set in the jungles of Honduras. After the introduction of 14 characters in the first 70 pages, things settle down and the plot develops nicely with a few twists and turns added to keep things interesting. Not a masterpiece, but a fun adventure to read.
Michael Adamchuk
An easy read about three sons who did not live up to their father's wishes. The wealthy man hides a half billion dollar fortune in a tomb in the Honduras and wants the boys to find their inheritance. One of the treasures is a Mayan Codex containing a multitude of Mayan "prescriptions" using rain forest herbs, plants, animals, roots, leaves and whatnot. It would be worth millions to a pharmaceutical company. The three sons and Sally, (a biopharmacologist) go after Maxwell and his buried treasures ...more
Sep 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Candice by: Jason
I don't know precisely what it is, but the combination of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child makes a book that is (usually) far greater than the sum total of each as an individual writer. When I first read this book, I loved or else really enjoyed most of the books the two of them had written together, so I was enthusiastic and had high hopes for Preston's solo offering.

Largely I ended up disappointed. The plot seemed more contrived and boring, more pointless. The book just didn't zing as much as
Apr 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Although this book kind of started slow, it finished quite well. It involved what I would call the predictable romantic attraction of individuals in extream environments; however, it also had some quite interesting and funny turns and twists. Towards the end it was good enough that I would sit and listen to what was happening instead of just turning off the car and going to whatever. The story (spoiler): a very rich man goes off to bury himself with all his riches - gives his three sons a challe ...more
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventurers
THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. I loved it from start to finish. It was action packed, puzzling, exciting, romantic and hilarious! It is seriously one of the best books I've ever read. Preston has a way of keeping the story moving quickly, but still delivering minute and important details without letting the story drag. After the first page I was hooked. The characters he described and introduced in the book were so easily for me to see in my head. I was able to connect to them in such a heartfelt way th ...more
Jan 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Grabs you from the first few scenes! Should be a movie!
Bev Taylor
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 sons r summoned to meet their father, max, at his house which they find strange as they do not get on and they have never met up to his expectations

the gates r open and the grounds seem neglected - then looking thru a window they see a room stripped of it's treasures

max made a fortune by raiding tombs in foreign countries, especially south america but all that is left is a video from him.

this tells them to find where he has buried himself and his treasure (he is dying from cancer) and this
David Schwan
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Action packed stand alone book. A half billion dollars worth of precious artwork is hidden in the Central American jungle and three brothers are on a journey to find the art. What motives each of the brothers have is different, with one brother rather indifferent about the treasure. A fast paced story ensues and in the end the results made sense.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great change of pace, and a real page-turner.
Vicki Macroberts
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Quick read, not as predictable as I thought it was going to be. Nice beach book.
Jian Hou
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Eccentric billionaire died. He left a huge will behind for his 3 sons, but with the condition that they find his tomb first where he buried himself and his legacy. Mildly entertaining.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-thriller
Douglas Preston and his frequent coauthor, Lincoln Child, have become my go-to for exotic mysteries that let the grey cells come to room temperature after heavy reading. Preston's genre is the folklore of the lost city, pulled into a modern mystery. And he does it very well. My choice this time is Preston's The Codex (2005), a solo book that's a Keystone Kops-like mystery with more pieces that a Rube Goldberg Machine.

The Beginning

Maxwell Broadbent is a very rich, very isolated, and very often-ma
Heather Koehler
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great summer adventure read! Lots of details of the Central American jungles and Mayan temples and full of suspense! Colorful characters you love and just can’t stop at one chapter!
Patrick Gibson
Apr 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preposterous action adventure lovers
Shelves: testosterone
I wonder how many variations and adaptations of ‘King Lear’ there are. Innumerable, I suppose. ‘The Codex’ is another—well, at least in precept. It has nothing to do with Shakespeare except for the idea of a wealthy man making his kids suffer for their inheritance.

It’s actually a pretty good idea for an action adventure as opposed to a family drama. In this case, a fabulously rich (aren’t they always?) Maxwell Broadbend will give his three sons their inheritance—a half a billion dollar split—on
Jun 12, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2007
I'm a huge fan of the series of books co-authored by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I also enjoyed Child's first solo novel, but Preston's The Codex left me wondering if Child is the heart of their writing duo (although Child's Utopia certainly had some plot holes).

In The Codex, Maxwell Broadbent is a multi-millionaire who is dying of cancer. Instead of simply leaving his fortune to his three sons, who were never able to live up to his unreasonably high expectations, he decides to seal himse
Loraine Alcorn
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is, Wow was this a great book ! Its so full of adventure and excitement, why they never made this into a movie is really everyone's loss .
This story is about 3 brothers who find out there very wealthy but eccentric father, who they have been estranged from ,and who is dieing of cancer, just packed all his art and millions of dollars worth of property off to be buried in a tomb somewhere in the world for them to find .
One of the sons is not interested in looking for his inheritanc
Swagato Barman Roy
Based on my presumption about a thriller, I expected a more hardcore mystery thriller with little or no emotional melodrama. Little did I expect it to be a book about life lessons and how (not) to raise children, how (not) to be a good son and a romance tale developing in the remotest latin American forest. The author seems more concerned about teaching moral lessons rather than developing the story. There is no plot twist, and in spite of a great start, the entire plot becomes too obvious in th ...more
Willard G
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun book, should be a movie. Read it, and guess the cast.
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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school--he was almost immediately expelled--he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston. Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two fr ...more

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