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!
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!!