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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.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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ISBN : 9780062412553
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Number of Pages : 385 Pages
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The Himalayan Codex Reviews

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-04-25 12:48

    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...READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!

  • Horace Derwent
    2019-04-23 11:47

    keywords that arouse me to go bananaunknown humanoid species, ☭, Tibet...(to be continued)

  • Beagle Lover
    2019-05-17 12:22

    The Himalayan CodexSolid 3.75 stars This is a difficult novel to review, due to the fact that so many interesting factual scenarios occur and the plot is SO fast paced my head is still spinning. The plot revolves around two time periods, A.D. 67 and 1946. It includes everything from what we now call Yeti, but only a more advanced form of the creature, miniature mammoths with two trunks ending in "fingers," a strange slime that has almost mystical healing properties, a white ground worm that burrows into ones' skin and injects a hallucinatory poison, innocent "snowflakes" that are really carnivorous flying predators bred by the Morlocks (Yeti) to kill race-specific peoples. The present day action resulted from a codex that a Roman naturalist wrote in A.D. 67, prior to the eruption of Vesuvio, (Mt. Vesuvius) regarding the the discovery of the Cerae (Yeti) and the miniature bi-truncated mammoths. This discovery led the naturalist to postulate that these tall, often brutish Cerae, where breeding race-specific insects and other parasites to protect themselves from the outside world. In 1946, some mammoth bones were discovered and were classified as being from a previously unknown race of miniature mammoth with two trunks. A group of military scientists are sent to the Himalayan region were the fossils were found to prove the existence or non-existence of these creatures. Instead, they not only find the mammoths, but the Morlocks and other unusual and deadly creatures. The Russians, Chinese Nationalists and Chinese Communists all find out about what the Americans are doing and invade the region, almost starting a war. But the Morlocks and the mammoths, plus the race-specific biological creatures they have created, fight back. In the end, the superior weaponry and enemy numbers force the Morlocks to flee to higher into the mountains, which allows the Americans to return and finish decoding the Codex. This was a highly entertaining, educational and nail-biting experience for this reader. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who reads James Rollins, Michael Crichton and Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Adventure and plot twists if you dare!

  • Cathy Savage
    2019-05-05 17:39

    The second installment in the R.J. MacCready series was as entertaining as the first. The setting in the Himalayas of Tibet certainly adds to the mystique. The action followed a logical course that was at times a bit fantastical.... but there are many fantastical things in this world. Having read the first book recently it was nice to revisit the main characters - Mac, Yanni and Major Hendry as well as meeting the new characters of Jerry and the denizens of the valley. Interactions between Yanni, Alpha and the mammoth were well done. The story is all the more enjoyable due to the research done then blended nicely with fable and rumor. As much as we know of the world in which we live, there is still considerable mystery out there for current day explorers to investigate. The utilization of historical texts in such endeavors may reveal information discovered long ago but lost in time. The blend of reality and plausible fable in an action adventure setting was easy to read. Alternating the story line between current day (1946) and the past (A.D. 67) was a good way to show the changes the Cerae introduced as circumstances demanded. The possibility of such changes with our current technology gives one pause for thoughtful deliberation - a bit of a cautionary tale, as it were. I particularly liked the extensive Author's Note wherein fact and fiction are separated and their points of insertion in the story explained. All in all another good story for those interested in action, adventure and tales of exploration of unknown realms with just a touch of believability.

  • Ron Frampton
    2019-04-24 15:37

    A book along the lines of INDIANA JONES FAST PACE AND ENJOYABLE.

  • Pat King
    2019-05-16 14:46

    A lot like James Rollins.

  • Derek
    2019-05-22 09:41

    R.J. MacCready and crew are back and headed to Tibet in search of the legendary yeti and a secret mentioned by Roman historian Pliny, the secret to shaping life itself. Schutt and Finch have come up with another really fun read, but not quite as good as their debut, Hell’s Gate. This time around the story did seem a little rushed and disjointed, but still highly enjoyable, especially the parts describing Pliny’s journey among the inhabitants of the Himalayas. Overall, if you’re a fan of Michael Crichton, Indiana Jones, or James Rollins, then you owe it to yourself to give Schutt & Finch a try.

  • Betsy
    2019-04-25 17:34

    An excellent taleAs full disclosure, I do know one of the authors, but I'm sincere in saying that I really enjoyed this book. It's a fascinating and enjoyable story that spurs the imagination and paints a vivid picture of a beautiful and dangerous possible world. Looking forward to further adventures with MacCready and friends.

  • Linda Haas
    2019-04-30 13:41

    I thought this book, while interesting, moved quite slowly.

  • Liz
    2019-05-16 13:24

    Wow! This is a fascinating book ... filled with adventure, history, science and great characters. It reminds me of the best Michael Crichton novels. An exciting and well-written read that moves easily from the ancient past to the post WWII era, it makes one wonder about what might be or was possible. I especially appreciated the author's notes at the back and learned a lot from them. And I can't wait for the next MacCready story!I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.

  • Laura
    2019-05-09 09:24

    Not as engrossing as the first MacCready book, but full of interesting ideas.

  • John
    2019-05-22 17:33

    I am writing this for Goodreads. Outstanding read. When I received this book I put it aside for a number of days, that is why it took me so long to finish. Once I started reading it became like an addiction. The action moves quickly, the flow of the story is seamless andyou get lost in it. The reward is that you really get two story lines not one. The only thing I wanted to know about the story and did not get was how the Codex arrived at the location it was found millennia later.

  • deep
    2019-05-07 17:22

    PW Starred: chutt and Finch provide a textbook example of how to make the fantastic easy to buy into with their superior second Crichton-esque thriller featuring field zoologist R.J. MacCready (after 2016’s Hell’s Gate). In 1946, Maj. Pat Hendry visits Mac at his offices in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Natural History and shows him jawbones from a dwarf mammoth that suggest the creature had two trunks. Hendry reveals that the bones came from a remote part of Tibet known as the Labyrinth, which may also be the site of an even more amazing discovery—an incomplete codex believed to have been written by Pliny the Elder, which describes the ancient Roman naturalist’s encounter with something in the Labyrinth that could be “the key to shaping life itself.” Mac agrees to travel to the Himalayas to find and recover whatever that something is. Schutt and Finch enhance their suspenseful plot with descriptions of unusual but convincing life forms. An extended author’s note at the end explains that such speculation is grounded in science.

  • Wanda
    2019-05-18 10:25

    Good story, very intricate plot. Received this book from the Giveaways.The story switches back and forth between two different time periods, one in the 1940s and one in the time of Pliny the Elder. It tells a fictional tale of one of Pliny's trips where he goes to a valley in Tibet and discovers creatures quite different from us, more like intelligent Yeti. It tells of his adventures and misadventures. The other part of the story is about some people in 1946 decoding Pliny's writings and going to the same place to find these creatures and discover how they are manipulating evolution with ideas of bringing back this info to use for their own purposes. Some of the scientists gain a respect for some of the creatures and realize that the info could be very damaging. It tells how they cope with their findings and how they survive. Some interesting concepts are introduced and different people react differently to each situation. The author weaves some famous people into the story.

  • Arindam Pal
    2019-05-15 11:32

    While the first MacCready book was about giant vampire bats, this one is about yet another mythological creature, the Yeti (aka Cera, Morlock, Yeren). RJM has become quite the crypto-zoologist with a knack for danger. However, unlike Indiana Jones, he is no action hero and relies mostly on his wits and friends to avoid mishaps. Unlike many other adventure books, the protagonist does not overshadow any other major characters. That is what made this book a much better read than the first one of the series. Yanni is back, so are a host of other fun, interesting characters, as the story traverses through time - first century AD to 1940s. It brings in real historic figures such as Pliny the Elder, Alfred Hitchcock and several others as the authors weave the fine line between history and history based fiction.Overall, an enjoyable read and I will look forward to yet another for a fun, fast read

  • Patricia Zashkoff
    2019-04-29 11:43

    What a strange and engrossing book. This is the sequel to Hell's Gate, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It follows the main character McCready on a trip to Tibet after discovery of an ancient codex. These writings tell of an group of animal-like people and strange happenings dated from 67AD. Also, a bone belonging to a mammoth with 2 tusks was found there as well. The trip is more than eventful gives McCreary more than he bargained for. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery and mayhem with a WWII background.

  • Anna
    2019-04-26 12:32

    Interesting follow up to the first one set in South America. This one was slow to get going and the alternating narrators covering the same story but centuries apart served only to throw you out of the rhythm of the storytelling. But the author certainly knows biology and comes out in how they write the character of Mac. The amount of research versus speculation is balanced which great especially when paired with this concept.

  • Cara Pekarcik
    2019-05-06 09:20

    A great combination of fiction, history, science and intrigued - all wrapped into a story that ends in more questions than answers. Great food for thought.

  • Laura Schlecker
    2019-05-04 15:35

    Great follow up to Hells Gate. Imagery painted and incredible picture while keeping the suspense moving at every turn.

  • April
    2019-05-10 10:23

    It was good. Fun. Not GREAT, but certainly entertaining and interesting. I think I wanted something more from the ending, but it didn't end badly. If you enjoy figuring things out in small chunks, old stuff, cool stuff, and'll probably like it too!

  • Wdmoor
    2019-04-24 16:38

    A rocking thriller grounded in real world science recommended for readers of James Rollins and Lincoln and Child fans.

  • Dave
    2019-04-27 15:20

    This book had a real James Rollins feel to it. It's a good adventure yarn set in Tibet. The characters were interesting and fun to read.

  • Dana
    2019-05-01 16:28

    A fantastic story with lots of historical facts woven into the plot.Great to learn about a different part of the world and history that most in America are not familiar with.

  • Mitchell Kaufman
    2019-04-25 15:29

    Yes, it's a potboiler. It's Pliny the Elder meets Indiana Jones meets John F. Kennedy meets Yeti, but it was just a good read. Put all disbelief aside, and it's just plain fun.

  • Robert Grieco
    2019-05-11 17:46

    I gotta tell you this is one helluva book! The way the story ping pongs from AD67 to 1946 is unbelievably smooth. Although the story is a work of fiction it reads like something very true. Simply loved the book and I strongly believe that you will too. Especially if you want a very refreshing read for a change. :)

  • Laura Shea-clark
    2019-05-21 13:26

    This book is a sequel to their debut novel, Hell’s Gate, which I didn’t read but have been told is very violent. Some of the same characters from the first book are in the second book and references are made to the first story, but you can read The Himalayan Codex as a stand-alone novel. I picked up the book because it sounded similar to my favorite author duo, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, who wrote the Pendergast series starting with The Relic. (I highly recommend these books if you like page-turners) The Himalayn Codex goes back & forth between two time periods – AD 67 and just after WW II. In AD 67 Pliny the Elder encountered creatures that he learned had the ability to manipulate genetics, evolution, and make alterations to other creatures so they would attack based on race. He kept a diary (codex) of his experiences, but later decided to keep it secret. In the post-WWII world this codex was discovered, so some American scientists were asked to translate it & then go to the place it described to see for themselves. When they arrived they found a strange environment & creatures who weren’t exactly welcoming. Later it’s discovered that the Chinese and Russians have also learned about this, & the scientists like Pliny become concerned about this knowledge getting out, so they decide to keep it secret. Although this book has a lot of similarities to Preston/Child, I didn’t like it as much. The characters weren’t compelling, the story got a bit jumbled at the end, & it wasn’t really a page turner. Meh.

  • Craig Wakefield
    2019-04-22 17:33

    When you I both read Jules Vern Journey to the Center of the Earth as well as seeing the movie. The young mind can add so much visualization to such a journey and the adventures of such an unknown place. As I began reading The Himalayan Codex I was hoping for the same mystery and excitement. It just was not there. Did I care whether it was the Chinese, the Russians, the Americans, the Romans, the Morlocks that were the ultimate victors in this tale. I did at the beginning but the longer the tale went the less interest was evoked.

  • Janelle
    2019-05-22 13:42

    I won this book in a giveaway. This book was an interesting adventure book but I found it a bit difficult to follow as it kept changing perspectives frequently between chapters. In addition to that it wasn't the first in the series so I had a hard time catching up with the backstory. I did find the concept interesting. Thank you for sending me this book!

  • Leslie Ashton
    2019-05-18 13:33

    Interesting mix of fact and fiction which moves back and forth between 67 A.D. and 1946. The adventure takes place in the mountain valleys of Tibet and a search for Yeti like creatures originally documented by the Roman, Pliny the Elder. Do the species have the ability to speed up evolution and do their bones have healing properties for humans?

  • Glenn
    2019-05-14 11:46

    I probably would have given it a two but if you like a little sci-fi, you may enjoy this book more than I did