A five-hundred-year-old legend. An ancient curse. A medical mystery. A journey into the unknown heart of the world's densest jungle and a stunning archaeological discovery.
Since the days of conquistador Hernan Cortes, rumours have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden deep in the Honduran interior. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and warn the legendary city is cursed: to enter it is a death sentence. They call it the Lost City of the Monkey God. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artefacts and an electrifying story of having found the City – 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 single-engine plane carrying 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 a lost civilization.
To confirm the discovery, Preston and the team battled torrential rains, quickmud, plagues of insects, jaguars, and deadly snakes. They emerged from the jungle with proof of the legend... and the curse. They had contracted a horrifying, incurable and sometimes lethal disease. Suspenseful and shocking, filled with history, 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.
About the Author
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child are the authors of international #1 bestselling thrillers, including the Agent Pendergast adventures
. Douglas lives in New Mexico, Lincoln in New Jersey.
'What 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.
'Preston, at great risk to his own life, has produced a thrilling and powerful adventure story' David Grann, The Lost City of Z.
'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, author of The Devil in the White City.
'Deftly balancing swashbuckling action with thoughtful reflections on conservation and the ethics of archaeology' Mail on Sunday, 5 star review.
'Leaves the reader both impressed and over-awed ... An adventure well worth the telling and the 16 pages of colour illustrations add further veracity to the impact' Country Life.
'A story that moves from thrilling to sobering, fascinating to downright scary - trademark Preston, in other words, and another winner' Kirkus Reviews.
'This gripping book follows every step of the journey ... It's incredible enough that in this day and age there are still unexplored areas of the planet' Geographical Magazine.
'A grippingly told and reassuringly grown-up account of the discovery of an ancient city in Honduras' TLS.
'Preston at his best. Entirely non-fiction, this reads every bit as excitingly as any of his fiction accounts. Fast paced, thrilling, insightful, with great descriptions of the excitement and dangers of finding a 'lost' city that had not been visited in 500 years. A great account' Buzzfeed.