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THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD
By Douglas Preston

 

File Size: 49467 KB
Print Length: 326 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 3, 2017)
Publication Date: January 3, 2017
Sold by: Hachette Book Group
Language: English
ASIN: B01G1K1RTA

 

The Lost City Of The Monkey God by Douglas Preston is a sensational true adventure book about the very famous legend of ‘Casa Blanca’ a lost city in the unexplored part of the Honduran rainforest.

The book started out so good that I was immediately pulled into the story. It was an exciting and a thoroughly entertaining read and I enjoyed reading every bit of it! This is the first time that I’ve read a true-adventure story and, surprisingly, this book absolutely blew my mind!

I would have never even imagined of reading this book had it not been for The Obsidian Chamber, a book co-authored by Douglas Preston. I really liked the writing style used in that book and hence, when I was offered to review this book, I immediately accepted knowing that, if not the genre, at least the writing of the author was something I was familiar with. But to my pleasant surprise, the writing in this book turned out to be even better than what I was expecting. Douglas Preston has the skill to tell a complex and technical tale in such beautiful and simple words that even a layman like me understood everything and was able to enjoy the entire book.

The only problem I had (and the reason why I dropped my rating from 5 to 4 stars) is that the last 2-3 chapters were a bit of a slog. They were interesting and informative, but they had a lot of stuff that bounced right off my head and left me skimming over paragraphs.

Other than this, the book is a brilliant read and gives a detailed account of not only the search missions author Douglas Preston participated in, but also about the earlier attempts and hoax discoveries related to the legend of the Lost City Of The Monkey God, which was both insightful as well as fun to read.

I’d recommend this book to all the adventure and true-adventure genre lovers and to those who wouldn’t mind taking an adventurous and a really exciting trip to a really, really beautiful legendary rainforest.

“… legends are frequently based on the truth, and this one, so persistent and long-lasting, is no exception.”

Here’s a list of the articles published on the National Geographic website along with the real photographs (these articles were also mentioned and sometimes quoted in this book):
▪          Exclusive: Lost City Discovered in the Honduran Rain Forest
▪          Archaeologists Begin Excavation of Honduran “Lost City”
▪          Pernicious Parasite Strikes Explorers of ‘Lost City’
▪          See New Discoveries at the Mysterious City of the Jaguar
▪          Excavation of Ancient Lost City Yields New Finds

 

 

 

Review by: Heena Rathore P. (The Reading Bud: www.thereadingbud.com)

 

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