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When I read The Lost City of the Monkey God, I was expecting an Indiana Jones style real-life adventure through the jungles of Honduras. It delivered so much more. Preston deftly weaves science, history, and archeology into the tale to give you a much more detailed perspective on how this city was “lost” and why it was not rediscovered until this expedition. A fascinating read.
— Jenn, Atlanta
Douglas Preston is best known for writing thrillers, but this real-life adventure showcases his research skills and his determination to discover the mysteries buried deep in the Honduran jungle. Between the threat of an ancient curse, deadly animals, and parasitic diseases the legendary City remained hidden until an amazing scientific breakthrough enabled the team to glimpse the historic ruins. This expedition finally revealed many secrets but nearly cost them their lives.
— Sandra, Seattle
The #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller 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 Hernan Cortes, 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.