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The Himalayan Codex : An R. J. Maccready Novel

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Looks like Schutt and Finch are filling the void left by the passing of Michael Crichton.--James Cameron, director/writer/explorer

In the wake of World War II, zoologist and adventurer Captain R. J. MacCready is sent to the frozen mountain valleys of Tibet to find a creature of legend that may hold the secret to humankind's evolutionary future--or the key to its extinction--in this explosive follow-up to Hell's Gate.

It is 1946, and the world is beginning to rebuild from the ashes of the devastating war. Marked by the perilous discoveries he encountered in the wilds of Brazil, Captain R. J. MacCready has a new assignment on the other side of the globe--a mission that may help him put the jungle's horrors behind him. He is headed for the Himalayas, to examine some recently discovered mammoth bones.

Arriving in Asia, Mac learns the bones are only a cover story. He's really there to investigate an ancient codex allegedly written by Pliny the Elder, a fascinating text filled with explosive secrets. The Roman naturalist claimed to have discovered a new race of humans, a divergent species that inspired the myth of the Yeti and is rumored to have the ability to accelerate the process of evolution. If Pliny's assertions are true, this seemingly supernatural ability holds unlimited potential benefits--and unlimited potential for destruction.

Charged with uncovering more about this miracle species, Mac sets off into the remote mountain valleys of Tibet, using the codex as his guide. But the freezing climate and treacherous terrain are only the beginning of the dangers facing him. He must also contend with the brutal Chinese army and a species of native creature even the Yeti seem to fear. The deeper he plunges into the unknown, the more certain it appears that Mac and the associates who join his odyssey may not make it out alive.

Combining plausible science, history, and action-packed thrills, The Himalayan Codex is a page-turning adventure sure to enthrall fans of James Rollins, Michael Crichton, Dan Brown, and Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 157 x 229 x 33mm | 499g
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0062412558
  • 9780062412553
  • 2,150,801

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In the wake of World War II, military hero, zoologist, and adventurer Captain R. J. MacCready is sent to the frozen mountain valleys of Tibet to find a creature of legend that may hold the secret of humankind's evolutionary future--or the key to its extinction--in this explosive follow-up to Hell's Gate

It is 1946, and the world is beginning to rebuild itself from the ashes of the devastating war. Marked by the perilous discoveries he encountered in the wilds of Brazil, R. J. MacCready has a new assignment on the other side of the globe. He is headed for the Himalayas to examine some recently discovered mammoth bones--a mission that may help him put the jungle's horrors and the loss of his friend and colleague Bob Thorne behind him.

Arriving in Asia with the bright and fearless Yanni Thorne, his friend's widow and now his invaluable assistant, Mac learns the bones are only a cover story. He's actually been sent there to investigate an ancient codex allegedly written by Pliny the Elder, a fascinating text filled with revelatory secrets. The Roman naturalist claimed to have discovered a new race of humans, a divergent species that inspired the myth of the Yeti and is rumored to have the ability to accelerate the process of evolution. If Pliny's assertions are true, this seemingly supernatural ability holds unlimited potential for human progress--and unlimited potential for destruction.

Charged with uncovering more about this miracle species, Mac sets off into the remote mountain valleys of Tibet, known to the locals as the Labyrinth, using the codex as his guide. As he plunges deeper into the unknown, he realizes that the freezing climate and treacherous terrain are only the beginning of the dangers ahead. Working against the clock--American intelligence believes a communist take-over of the region is imminent--Mac must contend with the brutality of the encroaching Chinese army and a mysterious and threatening species of native creatures. The farther ahead he forges on this mission, the more certain it appears that Mac and the associates who join his odyssey may not make it out alive.

Combining plausible science, riveting history, and action-packed twists, The Himalayan Codex is a page-turning thrill ride from two of the top adventure writers working today.
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"This one pushes the envelope to the edge and beyond, with tension and imagination that crackles from the first page. A terrific story, terrifically told. So take a walk on the perilous side, if you dare."--Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The 14th Colony on Hell's Gate
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3 37% (91)
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