By Douglas Preston
"Greetings from the dead," proclaims Maxwell Broadbent at the videotape he left at the back of after his mysterious disappearance. A infamous treasure hunter and tomb robber, Broadbent collected over a part one thousand million money' worthy of worthwhile artwork, gemstones, and artifacts earlier than vanishing---along along with his complete collection---from his mansion in New Mexico.
At first, theft is suspected, however the fact proves a ways stranger: As a last problem to his 3 sons, Broadbent has buried himself and his treasure someplace on this planet, hidden away like an historic Egyptian pharaoh. If the sons desire to declare their amazing inheritance, they have to locate their father's rigorously hid tomb.
The race is on, however the 3 brothers aren't the single ones competing for the treasure. This secret's so remarkable it can't be saved quiet for lengthy. With part 1000000000 money at stake, in addition to an historic Mayan codex which can carry a therapy for melanoma and different lethal ailments, others quickly sign up for the hunt---and a few of them will cease at not anything to assert the grave goods.
The bestselling coauthor of such page-turning thrillers as Relic and The cupboard of Curiosities, Douglas Preston now spins an unforgettable story of greed, event, and betrayal in The Codex.
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