The Lost City of the Monkey God

The Lost City of the Monkey God

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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 Hern_n Cort_s, 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.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455540006
Branch Call Number: 972.85 Pre
Characteristics: viii, 326 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm.

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Armchair travel not only to another place, but another time! Preston goes to discover (or rediscover, as it happens) a fallen city in the Honduras, detailing both historical and current events as they relate to the city and the site. Exciting and informative, you'll get the best of both worlds wi... Read More »


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alanmccord
Sep 13, 2017

Fascinating story of discovery. The story was a bit slower in the middle of the book but if you persevere you begin to really understand the fuller picture behind the story of this "lost" city.

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