Picks and Pans Review: The Codex

updated 02/16/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/16/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

By Douglas Preston

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The Honduras Tourist Board must be scrambling to counter Preston's latest Indiana Jones-style thriller, in which jaguars, wasps and anacondas stalk his heroes, three half brothers. Their dying father, tycoon Maxwell Broadbent, has taken his riches to a Mayan ruin, intending to entomb himself like an ancient ruler. His sons are chasing his treasure, including a manuscript or codex that describes illnesses and the plants used to cure them—but big pharma companies are after it too. Preston keeps the adventure high, springing plenty of nifty surprises along the way.

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