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Adrian Dawson
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2 Nov 2010
When a bomb explodes aboard Flight 320 killing everyone onboard, Jack Bernstein chess Grandmaster turned IT entrepreneur is informed that his only daughter Lara, missing for the past 3 years, was onboard and making her way home. Jack believes the bombing was a terrorist act, but when he is sent an ELS code to decipher the truth about his daughter's death reveals that the bombing was something altogether more sinister. What he uncovers is a global conspiracy, and a corporation that will stop at nothing to protect their secret and get their hands on Jack's computer system and its near perfection of Artificial intelligence.

Jack must get to the bottom of his daughter's death and discover their secret, or there will be consequences.


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  • Paperback: 580 pages
  • Publisher: Last Passage (2 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956577008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956577009
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 612,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many and varied are the thrillers which vie for readers' attention these days, so something special is needed for a novel to rise above the general run. Adrian Dawson quickly demonstrates that he has the smarts to do just that with Codex... a pulse-raising narrative that rarely allows the reader pause for breath. And it's refreshing in a blockbuster thriller such as Codex that one doesn't have to put one's intelligence on the back burner. --Barry Forshaw - Crimetime

Adrian Dawson shoots for the stars with his debut; historical events, modern terrorism and state of the art computing all play a large and relevant part of the plot. Action takes place in Europe and the USA with a slight detour to Peru. The melange of different ideas used could all have warranted a decent book each. The plot is as tight as a snare drum and as each snippet of information is uncovered or revealed you are left sated by the logical conclusion yet eager for the next bite of intrigue... The prose is a joy to behold in the early chapters as the author exercises his literary muscle and produces some of the best crafted sentences I have read this year. --Crimesquad

A classy, compelling and intelligent thriller. -- --Louise Laurie - The Book Bag

Adrian Dawson shoots for the stars with his debut; historical events, modern terrorism and state of the art computing all play a large and relevant part of the plot. Action takes place in Europe and the USA with a slight detour to Peru. The melange of different ideas used could all have warranted a decent book each. The plot is as tight as a snare drum and as each snippet of information is uncovered or revealed you are left sated by the logical conclusion yet eager for the next bite of intrigue... The prose is a joy to behold in the early chapters as the author exercises his literary muscle and produces some of the best crafted sentences I have read this year. --Crimesquad

A classy, compelling and intelligent thriller. --Louise Laurie - The Book Bag

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A stunning debut novel from Adrian Dawson. This book twists and turns, successfully blurring the lines between scientific fact and scientific fiction, which will leave you wondering which parts are true and which parts are fiction.

If you like the works of John Case, Michael Crichton or Dan
Brown, amongst others, you'll love Codex.

And, for a limited period, if you buy the print version you can get the ePub version absolutely free. See codexunlocked.com for further details.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Secret codes, ancient symbols, Da Vinci, cults, holy relics, the bible - sound familiar? It may have similar ingredients to the overcooked Da Vinci Code, but the ingredients in the Codex are mixed and baked to perfection.

Adrian Dawson carries you along at a fast pace, jumping from one character's viewpoint to another - and as the characters merge and head towards the gripping finale, there unfolds a marvelous story of intrigue, deception and murder.

Every chapter is packed with surprises, leaving you eager to carry on reading - the sure sign of a gifted writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read, watch out for the ending 11 Sep 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I say that because I really didn't see the ending coming...

This has to be one of the best crafted novels I've read all year...originally bought for my husband as a christmas present, but having won a copy of Dawson's latest novel Sequence on Twitter last week I thought I should read Codex, even though my husband recommended it to me.

Jack Bernstein is just brilliant - I can feel his pain coming off the pages, and when he is told that a death in his family is not all that it might seem, the story starts to flow at an unrelenting pace. Jack must solve the clues to find the truth, and boy what a truth!! I know its cliched, but I could not put this down!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 17 Feb 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book to answer a puzzle to enter a iPad competition set by the Author.
I started to scan read to try to find the clues to help me solve the puzzle.

I ended up going back to re-read the start of the book properly. I was hooked and I ended up by passing the very reason i bought the book in the 1st place. It was a very lucky discovery!

It is a fast paced addictive read that is well worth a try. As a debut Novel it's amazing I can't recommend it enough. I am looking forward to the release of his next book Sequence.
This book has it all i just wish i had a mind like Jack!

I wish the new author much success as he has a very special talent b.lucky and i hope to have another amazing read from you soon.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing debut novel 27 Mar 2011
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Stumbled on this book purely by accident, by randomly looking through the Kindle lists, and I am very pleased that I did. For a debut novel, it is intelligent, thought provoking and incredibly well written to boot. Much better, in my opinion at least, than similar novels by Dan Brown, which seems to be the DeFacto standard by which all novels of this genre are based upon.

Characterisation is very well done. The main players are well fleshed out, and the supporting cast are also well defined. Excellent plot development, twists and turns, and a sting in the tail. What more can you want? Great stuff.

Maybe one day, the comment "If you liked the Da Vinci Code, you will like this" will be replaced by "If you liked Codex..."

For Kindle users, the format is presented very well, including some graphics (which are relevant to the story) and no misplaced line-breaks that I noticed. A couple of typo's, but that would be nit-picking in the absolute extreme.

Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it,,,,,,, 26 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Marvellous intricate read awesome surprising plot a very thought provoking premise I would recommend this book to every one who likes a challenge and time we'll spent
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1.0 out of 5 stars full of errors 23 Oct 2013
By Ajo VINE VOICE
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I am very sad to give this book only one star, as I really liked Adrian Dawson's book Sequence.

Codex (his first book, but I read it second) looks to be an attempt to concentrate and capitalise on the easy target of conspiracy theories - religion.

While this is all good, and there are some really good book exploiting this subject, Codex is not one of them, it is full of unbelievable errors (the proof reader needs to be sacked), I will name but a few:

- Ilya Sorkasnov the Czechoslovakian chess master: both the names Ilya and Sorkasnov are Russia not Czech or Slovakian, on top of that Czechoslovakia does not exit since 1993

- The German name `Mitglied' - no one in Germany is called that - it means member in English

- All the clerics / priests and Jack (the main character) somehow think Jesus died when he was 39, whereas it was 33 (this is not part of the conspiracy in the book, the conspiracy is that he did not die at all)

- There is a long-winded theory that the Jews used to have a tradition to marry by the age of 39, this is again complete non-sense - the average life-expectancy around year 0 AD was 35

- Technical jargon is also often incorrect, for example using megabytes instead of megabits (bits are used for speed, bytes for storage)

The list of errors goes on and on and on...

The story, while OK is not as good as `Sequence' and I found it impossible to concentrate on it while reading a lot of incorrect non-sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good page turner 30 Sep 2013
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although the story is rather similar to the Davinci Code in that the main character is solving clues yo find another version of the Holy Grail, the author keeps the story going at a good rate of knots to keep the reader interested and the ending has a good twist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of twists and turns! 28 July 2012
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I was lucky enough to win a copy of 'Codex' during a giveaway last year. I wasn't sure if this novel would be to my liking but decided to give it a go and I wasn't disappointed. If anything, it made me wish I had read this book earlier.

Lara who has been missing for three years is on her way back home to her father on a Boeing 747, Flight 320. However, little does she know what is about to happen. A bomb planted on the plane explodes killing everyone. Jack Bernstein, chess Grandmaster and now an IT entrepreneur is informed of his daughter's death. He believes the bombing to be a terrorist act until he is sent a code to decipher, thus realising that his daughter's death is as a result of something much more sinister. Jack uncovers a global conspiracy and a corporation who will stop at nothing to protect their secret and get their hands on his computer system.

I found the first chapter so exciting that I just wanted to keep reading on. I felt that there was a slight lull in the next couple of chapters, but after that it was nonstop excitement. This book gave me hours and hours of pleasure. I was totally hooked most of the time and felt as if I was somewhere else. I was left in awe of Adrian Dawson's writing and his wordplay throughout.

This author has definitely done his research. The titles for each chapter were well thought out too. 'Codex' has lots of twists and turns. Just as you think you know what is going to happen next, something totally different occurs. It's full of shocks and surprises, a real thriller!
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