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The Himalayan Codex

The Himalayan Codex, June 2017
R.J. MacCready
by J.R. Finch, Bill Schutt

William Morrow
400 pages
ISBN: 0062412558
EAN: 9780062412553
Kindle: B01M0QB2KX
Hardcover / e-Book
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"A thrilling adventure about a discovery that could change the future for mankind"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Himalayan Codex
J.R. Finch, Bill Schutt

Reviewed by Magdalena Johansson
Posted August 9, 2017


It's the year 1946 and Captain R. J. MacCready is assigned to a new case. He's off to the Himalayas with a team to investigate some newly found mammoth bones. But, this is just a cover story. What he's really doing is investigating an ancient codex that is allegedly written by Pliny the Elder. The Roman naturalist makes a startling claim, the discovery of a new human race. A race that inspired the myth of Yeti...

THE HIMALAYAN CODEX is a fascinating book. We get to follow Mac in 1946 as he and his team are investigating the codex and also, and we also step back in time to Pliny the Elder's time and follow Pliny as he together with a group of Roman soldiers travelers to the Himalayans. Both storylines are intriguing and I was quite captivated by the book. The myth of the Yeti has intrigued me for years and I was fascinated by this story, about a human race that is said to be able to accelerate the process of evolution. Of course, this process could be very dangerous in the wrong hands, and Mac and his team are not the only ones looking for this race of people. Both the Soviets and the Chinese are also trying to get access to the remote mountain valley of Tibet where the race is said to dwell...

It was first when I started to read this book that I realized it was the sequel to HELL'S GATE, a book that I have, but not yet read. I was quite happy to realize this since THE HIMALAYAN CODEX from the start thrilled me and now I can't wait to read HELL'S GATE. It's always a risk reading the sequel to a book that you haven't read. Will you be able to follow the storyline? Will you feel a bit lost because you need to have read the first book before? I can say that I had no problems reading this book without having read the first book, of course, it spoilers some of the events from the first book, but I was so intrigued by this book that I don't mind it.

As a fan of adventures thrillers did I love reading this book. Right from the start was I fascinated with the story, about a race that dwelt in the Himalayas. That the setting of the story is after WW2 is also something I enjoyed. It felt fitting somehow, the war may be over, but countries like China and Soviet are still looking for ways to dominate the world. Also, adding some real people into the story was really great. There was one character that I didn't figure out who he was until the very end, but when I realized the truth. Well, I loved it! Fabulous book, I hope there will be a third!

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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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