The Himalayan Codex: An R. J. MacCready Novel (Mass Market)

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“Bill Schutt and J. R. Finch are two of the best adventure writers to hit the scene in a long time!” —Clive Cussler, #1 New York Times bestselling author

It is 1946, and the world is rebuilding itself from the war’s devastating ashes. R. J. MacCready is headed for the Himalayas to examine some recently discovered mammoth bones—a mission that may help him put the loss of his friend and colleague Bob Thorne behind him.

Arriving in Asia with the bright and fearless Yanni Thorne, his friend’s widow and now his invaluable assistant, Mac learns the bones are only a cover story. He’s actually been sent there to investigate an ancient codex allegedly written by Pliny the Elder, a fascinating text filled with revelatory secrets. The Roman naturalist claimed to have discovered a new race of humans, a divergent species that inspired the myths of the Yeti and is rumored to have the ability to accelerate the process of evolution. If Pliny’s assertions are true, this seemingly supernatural ability holds unlimited potential benefits—and unlimited potential for destruction.

Charged with uncovering more about this miracle species, Mac sets off into the remote mountain valleys of Tibet, known to the locals as the Labyrinth, using the codex as his guide. As he plunges deeper into the unknown, the more certain it appears that Mac and the associates who join his odyssey may not make it out alive.

About the Author


Bill Schutt is a vertebrate zoologist and author. He is a research associate in residence at the American Museum of Natural History and a professor of biology at LIU-Post. Bill’s first book, Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures, was critically acclaimed by E. O. Wilson and the New York Times. His next nonfiction work will explore the natural history of cannibalism. Bill lives with his wife and son in Long Island.

J. R. Finch is a painter, history buff, and cave explorer. He lives in New York City with three cats.

Praise For…


“Looks like Schutt and Finch are filling the void left by the passing of Michael Crichton.”
— James Cameron, director/writer/explorer

“Schutt and Finch provide a textbook example of how to make the fantastic easy to buy into with their superior second Crichton-esque thriller featuring field zoologist R. J. MacCready.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Bill Schutt and J.R. Finch are two of the best adventure writers to hit the scene in a long time. They blend action and science into a read that opens the door to much, much more. My kind of book!”
— Clive Cussler, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Looks like Schutt and Finch are filling the void left by the passing of Michael Crichton.”

— James Cameron, director/writer/explorer

Hell’s Gate has everything I love in a book: rip-roaring action, strange-but-authentic science, and characters that pop right off the page. An adventure that harkens to the glory days of H. Rider Haggard and H.G. Wells. Warning: Do NOT miss this debut!”
— James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author on Hell’s Gate

“This one pushes the envelope to the edge and beyond, with tension and imagination that crackles from the first page. A terrific story, terrifically told. So take a walk on the perilous side, if you dare.”
— Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The 14th Colony on Hell’s Gate

“Just think Indiana Jones. For that matter, this yarn evokes more than a few reminders of Stephen King, Joseph Conrad, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Fast-moving fun for thriller readers who enjoy a bit of horror and seeing bad guys get what’s coming to them.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Hell’s Gate

“The authors adeptly balance science and suspense, and a detailed afterword lays out how much of the story line is based in history. Michael Crichton fans will be pleased that the ending leaves room for a sequel.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Hell’s Gate


Product Details
ISBN: 9780062412560
ISBN-10: 0062412566
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: January 30th, 2018
Pages: 480
Language: English