Books : reviews

Douglas Preston.
The Lost City of the Monkey God.
Head of Zeus. 2017

A five-hundred year old legend… An ancient curse…

Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumours have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden deep in the Honduran interior. Indigenous tribes warn the legendary city is cursed: to enter it is a death sentence. They call it the Lost City of the Monkey God.

In 2012 bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on 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 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.