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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

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Bill Mumy

10 Hours 31 Minutes

Hachette Book Group USA

January 2017

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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 Hernán Cortés, 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.

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  • richard space

    I thought the book was an excellent read especially the part of going into the jungle and discovering the lost treasures. The book did go on a separate trail for me when it delved into micro-organisms and the impact these play on past and present history. I wish the author of the book would have stayed on the topic of the discovery rather than infectious illnesses. Aside from this, it was a very interesting read.

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  • Marie Gieser

    The Lost City of the Monkey God was very, very interesting particularly if you are interested in archaeology and the culture of the Americas. I thought the narrator did a fine job too. I also learned a lot about pandemics and how they decimated civilizations. I am not sure everyone would like this book but I recommend it to readers drawn to this subject.

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