Although the premise is cool, rich kids forced into a grand adventure by their "dead" father, the novel suffers from a paucity of strong subplots. There're only two: 1. CEO of pharmaceutical company, bent on taking possession of the codex; and 2. Yale professor, a perfumed prince, also bent on his "girlfriend" getting the codex. Both subplots were weak, at best, and #2 was left hanging, never addressed in the end.
Preston also shows his ignorance of deep-jungle travel, with few details of the treacherous nature of tropical hellholes. Okay, so we encounter an anaconda who tries to eat one of the sons, and some pirhana that devour a guide. Big deal. There's no flavor and… Read more