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A great idea for a book, a good deal of scholarship, but thin on facts. What's worse is that when he runs out of facts he starts constructing an imagined story of the way the codex came to its current location and owner. While he explicitly states that he is imagining these details, it makes the actual history seem less important and more hollow. About half way through it seems there simply isn't enough for a book.
A real-life Indiana Jones story, "The Search for the Codex Cardona" is a global mystery with tantalizing clues, disconnected numbers, dead ends— the works.
The Codex Cardona, if found, would be an invaluable painted book of early Mexico. Lost for four hundred years, it resurfaced at a Sotheby’s auction. The author got a brief look at it and even got to hold some of the pages before it went underground again. The search was on!
A breathtaking tale that satisfied both my scholarly interest and taste for adventure.
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