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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story


A five-hundred-year-old legend. An ancient curse. A stunning medical mystery. And a pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world's densest jungle.

Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God-but then committed suicide without revealing its location.

Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything: lidar, a highly advanced, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, that flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization.

Venturing into this raw, treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful wilderness to confirm the discovery, Preston and the team battled torrential rains, quickmud, disease-carrying insects, jaguars, and deadly snakes. But it wasn't until they returned that tragedy struck: Preston and others found they had contracted in the ruins a horrifying, sometimes lethal-and incurable-disease.

Suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune, The Lost City of the Monkey God is the absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.

Title:The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages
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    The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story Reviews

  • Dana Stabenow
    Dec 18, 2016

    For centuries Hondurans have told their children the myth of the Lost City of the Monkey God, but myths are often rooted in fact, and in the early Oughts cinematographer and inveterate searcher for lo...

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Dec 27, 2016

    As a longtime fan of the Pendergast series that Douglas Preston writes together with Lincoln Child was I curious to read this non-fiction book about a lost city. Personally, I find mysteries likes thi...

  • Jim
    Apr 04, 2017

    For centuries, since the days of Hernán Cortés in the 1500's, rumors abounded regarding a lost city in Honduras called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. It was reputed to be a city ...

  • The Pfaeffle Journal
    Jan 16, 2017

    Who knew that there were so many civilizations in the southern hemisphere, The Lost City of the Monkey God takes us deep into the Mosquitia region of the Gracias a Dios Department in eastern Honduras...

  • Steven
    Dec 28, 2016

    Special thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.It's no secret that I love Douglas Preston. I've read (and reread) his co-authored Special A...

  • Constance
    Jan 08, 2017

    Most of the events in this book happened relatively recently, and although it makes the book feel slightly more relevant, it also feels like the book was very hastily written - it's kind of a rambling...

  • L.A. Starks
    Mar 05, 2017

    As a true story, this book doesn't follow a conventional narrative arc. Instead, it reaches what one thinks of the climax, makes a right turn into relevant history of disease introduced to the America...

  • Justin Tate
    Feb 10, 2017

    Wow, well this had a little bit of everything! Archeological adventure story, ancient culture history, Honduras politics, revelations about lesser-known diseases and more. Loved it from beginning to e...

  • Bob Milne
    Dec 05, 2016

    The Lost City of the Monkey God is a fascinating look at the spectacle, the science, and the politics of twenty-first-century archaeology. In it, Douglas Preston deftly weaves a number of tales, both ...

  • Nikki
    Dec 27, 2016

    Received to review via NetgalleyThe problem with books like this is that they can come across as way too sensational, and like they’re stirring up a story about a non-event. I was a little hesitant ...