The Last of the Tribe by Monte Reel audiobook

The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon

By Monte Reel
Read by Mark Bramhall

Random House Audio
9.01 Hours Unabridged
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Throughout the centuries, the Amazon has yielded many of its secrets, but it still holds a few great mysteries. In 1996 experts got their first glimpse of one: a lone Indian, a tribe of one, hidden in the forests of southwestern Brazil. Previously uncontacted tribes are extremely rare, but a one-man tribe was unprecedented. And like all of the isolated tribes in the Amazonian frontier, he was in danger.  Resentment of Indians can run high among settlers, and the consequences can be fatal. The discovery of the Indian prevented local ranchers from seizing his land, and led a small group of men who believed that he was the last of a murdered tribe to dedicate themselves to protecting him. These men worked for the government, overseeing indigenous interests in an odd job that was part Indiana Jones, part social worker, and were among the most experienced adventurers in the Amazon. They were a motley crew that included a rebel who spent more than a decade living with a tribe, a young man who left home to work in the forest at age fourteen, and an old-school sertanista with a collection of tall tales amassed over five decades of jungle exploration.  Their quest would prove far more difficult than any of them could imagine. Over the course of a decade, the struggle to save the Indian and his land would pit them against businessmen, politicians, and even the Indian himself, a man resolved to keep the outside world at bay at any cost. It would take them into the furthest reaches of the forest and to the halls of Brazil’s Congress, threatening their jobs and even their lives. Ensuring the future of the Indian and his land would lead straight to the heart of the conflict over the Amazon itself.  A heart-pounding modern-day adventure set in one of the world’s last truly wild places, The Last of the Tribe is a riveting, brilliantly told tale of encountering the unknown and the unfathomable, and the value of preserving it.

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Summary

Summary

Throughout the centuries, the Amazon has yielded many of its secrets, but it still holds a few great mysteries. In 1996 experts got their first glimpse of one: a lone Indian, a tribe of one, hidden in the forests of southwestern Brazil. Previously uncontacted tribes are extremely rare, but a one-man tribe was unprecedented. And like all of the isolated tribes in the Amazonian frontier, he was in danger. 

Resentment of Indians can run high among settlers, and the consequences can be fatal. The discovery of the Indian prevented local ranchers from seizing his land, and led a small group of men who believed that he was the last of a murdered tribe to dedicate themselves to protecting him. These men worked for the government, overseeing indigenous interests in an odd job that was part Indiana Jones, part social worker, and were among the most experienced adventurers in the Amazon. They were a motley crew that included a rebel who spent more than a decade living with a tribe, a young man who left home to work in the forest at age fourteen, and an old-school sertanista with a collection of tall tales amassed over five decades of jungle exploration. 

Their quest would prove far more difficult than any of them could imagine. Over the course of a decade, the struggle to save the Indian and his land would pit them against businessmen, politicians, and even the Indian himself, a man resolved to keep the outside world at bay at any cost. It would take them into the furthest reaches of the forest and to the halls of Brazil’s Congress, threatening their jobs and even their lives. Ensuring the future of the Indian and his land would lead straight to the heart of the conflict over the Amazon itself. 

A heart-pounding modern-day adventure set in one of the world’s last truly wild places, The Last of the Tribe is a riveting, brilliantly told tale of encountering the unknown and the unfathomable, and the value of preserving it.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The story is engrossing. Reel rightly tells it like a thriller…and taking the trek with the Brazilian explorers—and Reel—is well worth your time.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The Last of the Tribe is Avatar for grown-ups, a tribe-in-peril-story with real people…This is above all else just a good quest story. And Reel’s tale is expertly told: perfectly timed, thoroughly researched, and descriptively written.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Gets right to the heart of the dilemma facing modern-day Brazil as its rush to develop the vast Amazon rain forest…Does an excellent job of placing the reader in the heart of the Amazon.” Associated Press
“Narrator Scott Brick absorbs each of the new characters, relying on subtle differences in accents, tone, and pace and, in some cases, an overlay of attitude to show the character’s individuality.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Monte Reel

Author Bio: Monte Reel

Monte Reel, a critically acclaimed author, was a South America correspondent for the Washington Post from 2004 to 2008 and previously wrote for the paper in Washington and Iraq. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and other magazines. He writes for Bloomberg Businessweek as part of its Projects & Investigations staff.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.01
Audience: Adult
Language: English