Winter Reading Assignment….

Doug Preston - photo swiped from the web

Doug Preston is a successful writer in the crime genre. You may have read some of his novels. If not a book of fiction than perhaps you’ve read some of his work as a journalist or columnist or non-fiction writer. He is perhaps as well known for his in depth research as he is for his writing. In addition to crime novels he also writes non-fiction for Smithsonian Magazine and The New Yorker among others.

So…fine Dal but what’s this got to do with the Treasure…which I believe is the point of this blog?

Funny you should ask. Doug and Forrest are good friends. Doug moved to New Mexico about 25 years ago when he took up writing full time. One of his earlier works is my absolute favorite. In 1992 he wrote Cities of Gold: A Journey Across The American Southwest. Its about Coronado’s depraived search for the seven cities of gold. Here’s the best part of that book. Doug actually rode a horse a thousand miles through the southwest while tracing Coronado’s trail. He does a lot of research like that. So why do we care…ahhh haa!

Enter a book he wrote in 2004  titled The Codex. My local Barnes and Noble had several copies. The acknowledgments page will peak your attention.

Doug begins his recognition by mentioning a meeting with Forrest at the Pink Adobe in Santa Fe where Forrest revealed a curious story. Then goes on to say that his fictional character in the book in no way resembles Forrest. “The two men could not be more different.”

But here’s what Forrest revealed to Doug in that meeting  …his idea to hide a treasure chest.

Doug used that idea as his theme in The Codex. One wonders what details Forrest might have revealed at that intriguing meeting? And whether Doug incorporated any of them into his story. Might there be clues in The Codex that will help you find the treasure?

The story begins in Santa Fe. The main character is not charming and cordial like our Mr. Fenn. As the plot thickens other geographic regions get pulled into the story.

I guess you’ll have to find out for yourself about clues. But at $8 for the paperback, its a pretty darn good read.

I believe I found more than one useful hint…See what you find!!


10 thoughts on “Winter Reading Assignment….

  1. Hi Dal, I found this info too. I got his book but I need to get reading it. I also thought about Forrest’s friend Eric Sloane. Eric’s art actually. I wonder if Eric had painted anything that Forrest may have suggested?? Like a wilderness area, river, etc.. that is special to Forrest?? It’s just a thought & I’d have to see Eric’s work to see if I could be on to something there as well. And if so, would be painting(s) reveal where the location in the painting is?? I’m just thinking & throwing stuff out there.

  2. Another thought, if there were any clues in the book, I would think that the author, Doug Preston, could easily figure it out & be sitting with the treasure right now. Being how the author does his research, etc.. Just a thought?? 🙂

  3. I think I found some interesting things with the Indiana Jones movie idea. Only problem is, we have to wait till the ground isn’t covered in all that snow stuff with a frozen ground.

  4. Hi Stephanie, yes, the ground gets too frozen to do any digging. I may just go back & watch all the old Indiana Jones movies. There is talk of robbing tombs of the treasures. In the movies as well as Doug’s book. hmmm? makes ya think. lol.. (portions redacted by dal)…And remember Doug’s book. There is some hhhhmmmm?? moments in there. 🙂 You know what I mean?? Hand on chin, rubbing chin, humming in deep thought & perspective?? lol.. hhhmmm? lol..

  5. —– (portions redacted by dal)—- I do agree with you about the tombstone idea. I think he mentions it over and over in his stories and I believe you need to get there by plane, because he says it’s too far to walk. I think that has to be the bases of the search. Also, he said in an interview about you can’t just pull over on the side of the road and go into the forest to get it. I haven’t read the book yet, but I think Forrest mentions a lot of books in his book that have made me look through them. Oh and you mentioned his friend Eric’s artwork. I agree with that too, and he also wrote books. One on wood which I ordered. I actually like working with wood though, so I’m looking forward to just reading that just because. It’s going to be a tough winter to wait through though. It’s kinda good though to know that there isn’t much chance anyone would be looking now though as the snow is starting to fall all over there and you can’t see it or dig it. Gives us a chance to take a deep breath I think and try and find his hidden meanings.

    • I’ve had two locations that I swore were right each time. The last one even had a Stagecoach Inn with Buffalo next door to it and all the things for the poem were along that same road down the canyon. I think we’ve just spent too much on trips out there to search anymore. I wish it wasn’t so far, but since it is…I think we just have to give it up to the professional searchers.

      • Stephanie-

        Ha!…do you think they have any more insight into what that poem means than you do? I don’t!
        Maybe you need to give the searching a rest for the winter. Think about the poem some more. Maybe you are trying to hard. Sleep on it.

  6. I think I’m 95% done looking for it. It’s just cost too much money searching. I also still think it’s just too general of a poem to find an exact location without searching such a vast area. Saying all that, I still want to hear more about it and do what I can to try and figure it out from a far.

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