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The Lost City of the Monkey God:

A True Story

  • Read by: Bill Mumy
  • Runtime: 10.5 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 1.3.2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Book Group
  • Genre: Nonfiction/History
  • 10.50 hrs1/3/2017Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4789-6452-0
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A New York Times Bestseller

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for January 2017

Since the days of conquistador Hernan Cortes, rumors have circulated about an ancient White City of immense wealth hidden in the Honduran interior. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who had fled there to escape the Spanish, warning that anyone who disturbs this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the jungle with hundreds of artifacts and tantalizing stories of having seen the crumbling walls of the Lost City of the Monkey God for himself. Soon after, he committed suicide without revealing its mysterious location.

Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying expensive laser technology that could map the terrain under the dense rainforest canopy. That flight revealed for the first time an unmistakeable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing proof of not just the mythical city but an entire lost civilization.

Suspenseful, surprising, and unputdownable, The Lost City of the Monkey God is narrative nonfiction at its most compelling: a story of adventure, danger, ancient curses, modern technology, a stunning medical mystery, and a riveting eye-witness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.

Editorial Reviews

A great true adventure, filled with danger, close calls, better-than-Hollywood characters, and a lost world that reaches through time and into everyone's future. One of the best nonfiction books I've read.Robert Kurson, New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers and Pirate Hunters"The Lost City of the Monkey God is a throwback to the golden age of adventure archaeology, the thrilling true story of a group of explorers penetrating one of the toughest jungles on earth in search of a lost city...and finding it. Preston is a terrific writer of both non-fiction books and bestselling novels, and makes you feel the dark heart of this lost Honduran wilderness.John Sandford, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Prey series of novelsDouglas Preston is one of the most adventurous figures in American letters today. Inured to personal danger, braving venomous snakes and lethal pathogens, he somehow gets it all--the science, the history, the intrigues, the obsessive characters, the electric moment of discovery, and the haunted cries of a once-powerful civilization. Preston's marvelous story is made all the more potent by the astonishing fact that, from beginning to end, it happens to be true.Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of In the Kingdom of IceDouglas Preston, at great risk to his own life, has produced a thrilling and powerful adventure story. Not only does he leave the reader fitfully turning the pages, he sheds an important light on what the Americas looked like before the arrival of Christopher Columbus and on the fragility of our own civilization.David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of ZIf you're going to explore a lost city-in this case one that vultures, poisonous snakes, sand flies, and mudholes have protected for 500 years-you really only want to do it with Douglas Preston. A tale of bravado, chicanery, and impossible dreams, arresting at every turn, no less so in its unexpected, pulse-racing coda.Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Witches: Salem, 1692, and Cleopatra: A LifeReplete with informative archaeology lessons and colorful anecdotes about the challenges Elkins' crew faced during the expedition, including torrential rains and encounters with deadly snakes, Preston's uncommon travelogue is as captivating as any of his more fanciful fictional thrillers.BooklistDouglas Preston is one of the most adventurous figures in American letters today. Inured to personal danger, braving venomous snakes and lethal pathogens, he somehow gets it all--the science, the history, the intrigues, the obsessive characters, the electric moment of discovery, and the haunted cries of a once-powerful civilization. Preston's marvelous story is made all the more potent by the astonishing fact that, from beginning to end, it happens to be true.Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of In the Kingdom of IceDeadly snakes, flesh-eating parasites, and some of the most forbidding jungle terrain on earth were not enough to deter Douglas Preston from a great story.The Boston GlobeA story that moves from thrilling to sobering, fascinating to downright scary--trademark Preston, in other words, and another winner.Kirkus, starred reviewA well-documented and engaging read...The author's narrative is rife with jungle derring-do and the myriad dangers of the chase.USA TodayLet author Douglas Preston give testimony to the old adage: Truth is stranger than fiction...The Lost City of the Monkey God is more than just an adventure story. It examines such modern issues as the ethics of archeological expeditions, man's destruction of the rainforest and the incessant creep of technology and its effects on indigenous peoples. Readers will find themselves both shocked and captivated by this account of mysteries old and new.Bookpage"The Lost City of the Monkey God is a throwback to the golden age of adventure archaeology, the thrilling true story of a group of explorers penetrating one of the toughest jungles on earth in search of a lost city...and finding it. Preston is a terrific writer of both non-fiction books and bestselling novels, and makes you feel the dark heart of this lost Honduran wilderness.John Sandford, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Prey series of novelsReplete with informative archaeology lessons and colorful anecdotes about the challenges Elkins' crew faced during the expedition, including torrential rains and encounters with deadly snakes, Preston's uncommon travelogue is as captivating as any of his more fanciful fictional thrillers.BooklistA story that moves from thrilling to sobering, fascinating to downright scary-trademark Preston, in other words, and another winner.Kirkus, starred reviewFor anyone who dreams of lost times and places--and who doesn't?--this is the book. Revelatory, chilling, creepy, and alive with deadly snakes and insects bearing incurable disease, it's high adventure at its best, and all true.Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake and The Devil in the White City

“A story that moves from thrilling to sobering, fascinating to downright scary-trademark Preston, in other words, and another winner.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Revelatory, chilling, creepy, and alive with deadly snakes and insects bearing incurable disease, it’s high adventure at its best, and all true.”

Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author

“Preston’s book offers rewards for both the mystery fan and the nonfiction aficionado…addictive-fast-paced and riveting.”

James Patterson

If you're going to explore a lost city-in this case one that vultures, poisonous snakes, sand flies, and mudholes have protected for 500 years-you really only want to do it with Douglas Preston. A tale of bravado, chicanery, and impossible dreams, arresting at every turn, no less so in its unexpected, pulse-racing coda.Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Witches: Salem, 1692, and Cleopatra: A LifeWhat reader could resist a new book by Douglas Preston called THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD? Not this reader. Preston's book offers rewards for both the mystery fan and the nonfiction aficionado. THE LOST CITY is addictive-fast-paced and riveting, but it's also important. We mustn't repeat the cataclysmic mistakes of the past. Ironically-as THE LOST CITY illustrates-that's exactly what our short-sighted civilization is doing right now.James Patterson"The Lost City of the Monkey God is a throwback to the golden age of adventure archaeology, the thrilling true story of a group of explorers penetrating one of the toughest jungles on earth in search of a lost city...and finding it. Preston is a terrific writer of both non-fiction books and bestselling novels, and makes you feel the dark heart of this lost Honduran wilderness.John Sandford, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Prey series of novelsDouglas Preston is one of the most adventurous figures in American letters today. Inured to personal danger, braving venomous snakes and lethal pathogens, he somehow gets it all-the science, the history, the intrigues, the obsessive characters, the electric moment of discovery, and the haunted cries of a once-powerful civilization. Preston's marvelous story is made all the more potent by the astonishing fact that, from beginning to end, it happens to be true.Hampton Sides, bestselling author of In the Kingdom of IceA great true adventure, filled with danger, close calls, better-than-Hollywood characters, and a lost world that reaches through time and into everyone's future. One of the best nonfiction books I've read.Robert Kurson, New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers and Pirate HuntersDouglas Preston, at great risk to his own life, has produced a thrilling and powerful adventure story. Not only does he leave the reader fitfully turning the pages, he sheds an important light on what the Americas looked like before the arrival of Christopher Columbus and on the fragility of our own civilization.David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of Z

“Once Preston kicks the story into high gear, [readers] won’t put the book down until it’s finished.”

Booklist on Impact

“Preston joins Michael Crichton as a master of suspenseful novels that tackle controversial issues in the realm of science.”

Library Journal on Blasphemy

“A big-boned thriller, one that will make a terrific summer movie as well as a memorable hot-day read.”

Publishers Weekly on The Ice Limit

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    Amazing Book

    Jack Vincent February 2, 2017
    This book is just amazing, you know how they always say truth is stranger than fiction? Well this is a classic example of that. This book is a true story and follows the finding of the lost city of the Monkey God in Honduras which is in Central America. I loved the narration and the story is very fast paced and hang on to your hat you will lean so much that you never knew. Give it a go you'll be glad you did :)
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Douglas Preston, a regular contributor to the New Yorker, worked for the American Museum of Natural History. He is an expert horseman who has ridden thousands of miles across the West. He and author Lincoln Child have cowritten numerous bestselling thrillers.

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