Saturday, April 22, 2017

Lost City of the Monkey God: a True Story

Lost City of the Monkey God
By Douglas Preston
Grand Central Publishing, 2017.326 pgs. Nonfiction

Tantalizing rumors of lost cities in the jungle have impelled explorers into remote areas of Central and South America since the Spanish conquistadors.  The lost “White City,” deep in the Honduran interior, has been one of the last of these lost places. But with the help of clues from previous explorers and a valuable new laser imaging technology called LIDAR, a team of explorers has found extensive ruins in a remote and dangerous area of Honduras.  Douglas Preston, a writer of fiction and nonfiction, considered himself lucky to be part of the expedition that uncovered the location of the ruins and retells the adventure in “Lost City of the Monkey God.” The expedition began and ended in controversy, with many archaeologists condemning the expedition as ignoring the knowledge of the indigenous inhabitants of the area and exaggerating their findings.

Preston’s account is fascinating and delves into the controversies as well as portraying the adventure and grueling aspects of survival in the hostile jungle.  This gripping true life adventure story will appeal to archaeology buffs and survivalists as well as technophiles. 


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