The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

The Lost City of the Monkey God

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, an...

Details The Lost City of the Monkey God

TitleThe Lost City of the Monkey God
Release DateJan 3rd, 2017
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
Number of pages304 pages
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Adventure, Travel, Science, Mystery, Archaeology, Historical, Audiobook, Adult

Reviews The Lost City of the Monkey God

  • Dana Stabenow
    For centuries Hondurans have told their children the myth of the Lost City of the Monkey God, but myths are often rooted in fact, and in the early Oughts cinematographer and inveterate searcher for lost cities Steve Elkins starts looking for it. National Geographic/New Yorker writer and novelist Douglas Preston, in the way nosy journalists do, hears tell of this search and talks his way into the 2015 expedition. Preston begins his story with a br...
  • Magdalena
    As a longtime fan of the Pendergast series that Douglas Preston writes together with Lincoln Child was I curious to read this non-fiction book about a lost city. Personally, I find mysteries likes this very intriguing. I mean a lost city that is mentioned in old documents, but no one has found? What's not to like? And, what makes this book so fantastic is that Douglas Preston himself was part of the expedition to what could be White City or the L...
  • The Pfaeffle Journal
    Who knew that there were so many civilizations in the southern hemisphere, The Lost City of the Monkey God takes us deep into the Mosquitia region of the Gracias a Dios Department in eastern Honduras, where the legendary "White City" supposedly existed. The first third of the book tells how documentary filmmakers Steve Elkins and Bill Benenson have spent 20+ years searching for the "White City". using a million-dollar lidar scanner, they were ab...
  • Steven
    Special thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.It's no secret that I love Douglas Preston. I've read (and reread) his co-authored Special Agent Pendergast series multiple times. I've worked with the publishers for the past few years for ARCs of that series and interviewed Mr. Preston and Lincoln Child, his Pendergast co-author. I've read pretty much everything they've both ever written,...
  • L.A. Starks
    As a true story, this book doesn't follow a conventional narrative arc. Instead, it reaches what one thinks of the climax, makes a right turn into relevant history of disease introduced to the Americas by Europeans, and concludes by circling back to a different parasite that inhabits this rain-drenched paradise.This is an amazing book. Preston has not only researched his subject thoroughly (a lost/haunted city in Honduras) but lived its present-d...
  • Constance
    Most of the events in this book happened relatively recently, and although it makes the book feel slightly more relevant, it also feels like the book was very hastily written - it's kind of a rambling mess. This book is not really actually about the "Lost City of the Monkey God." It's more a journal about the experience of being a part of the mostly old white male team that basically had so much money/power/free time that they were able to "disco...
  • Justin Tate
    Wow, well this had a little bit of everything! Archeological adventure story, ancient culture history, Honduras politics, revelations about lesser-known diseases and more. Loved it from beginning to end.
  • Nikki
    Received to review via NetgalleyThe problem with books like this is that they can come across as way too sensational, and like they’re stirring up a story about a non-event. I was a little hesitant to read this because of that, plus a lot of issues which the book actually discusses, like colonialism and looting, etc. In the end, it’s a well-written and reasonably unsensational account of an admittedly fairly sensational discovery: a city in M...
  • Bob Milne
    The Lost City of the Monkey God is a fascinating look at the spectacle, the science, and the politics of twenty-first-century archaeology. In it, Douglas Preston deftly weaves a number of tales, both historic and contemporary, into a whole that is far more than the sum of its parts. Even when it veers into prolonged tangents on topics such as bananas, Preston manages to keep the reader enthralled and thirsty for knowledge.A lot of this book is ab...
  • Jaksen
    (I own this book. I purchased an autographed copy.) If you think you're about to read an archaeological treatise on the discovery of a truly 'lost city' - a word true archaeologists hate - then fuhgeddaboudit. (Did I spell that right, all you Soprano-lovers out there?) This is a story about a discovery by a writer who writes adventure-mystery-suspense novels, sometimes with a writing partner. His adventure-mystery-suspense books are great! Did I ...
  • Carrie
    Interesting nonfiction read about the discovery of a lost city in Honduras and the perils that face the crew members who go out to explore it. There are not many archaeologists in the group--it's mostly filmmakers, photographers, local guides, and of course the author, who's a writer--so if you're looking for detailed information about archaeological digs, you might not find what you're looking for here. But I found the bits about deadly encounte...
  • Kevin Parsons
    What a wonderful book. It was both an adventure along the lines of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (without the raiding part!) as well as a professionally reported story of the exploration of an ancient archeological site located in the rain forests of Honduras. Preston covers many of the complicated implications of this scientific expedition and he does so in a way that always remains interesting and pushes the story forward. He includes comments and ...
  • Katie
    I'm ashamed to say I never would have read this book for the simple fact I don't like monkeys. But after seeing Cybil gave it 5 stars, and reading the description on Amazon, I was like ok, I'm intrigued.I had a hard time putting this down. It's one part Indiana Jones, one part nightmarish flesh eating disease. Which maybe isn't an upsell for some people, but if you love traveling, exploring, or trying to diagnose your illnesses on WebMD, you'll p...
  • Cindy Knoke
    Read This Book! It is non-fiction and such an exciting, riveting read, it kept me up late several nights in a row. It is the sort of book that made me count down the hours till I could get back to reading it. I found myself feeling very jealous that I wasn't part of this expedition. You will learn a lot, you will be amazed. If you are happy when you are reading a good book, you will be very happy. Don't read about the book, just read it, so you w...
  • Mark
    There had been rumors about a lost city, deep in the interior of Honduras, since the time of Cortez and of course, it would be brimming with hidden treasure, but, due to it's prickly location in an impenetrable jungle, it had never been located. In 2012, using advanced laser technology the jungle was mapped out and enough evidence was discovered to warrant sending an expedition in. This is about that discovery and much, much more. Preston went al...
  • Valerie
    I had written a long review of this book, and then when I went to save it, Goodreads failed me, and everything I wrote was lost, so I am not in the mood to rewrite the whole review. Suffice it to say, this is a thoroughly entertaining and excellent story about formerly unknown regions and indigenous peoples of the interior of Honduras. The exploration is still going on, and it is very dangerous to even go to the area, not only due to the drug car...
  • katnick
    I won an advance copy of The Lost City of the Monkey God in a Goodreads giveaway. I requested it because I’ve really liked some of Douglas Preston’s science thrillers and also because of the tantalizing mention of infectious disease in the blurb.The letter from Grand Central Publishing’s president at the beginning of the ARC encourages you to think of Lost City of the Monkey God as Indiana Jones meets The Hot Zone, but that’s not really ...
  • Cindy
    "This is a very ancient place, a bewitchment place". Battling poisonous snakes and deadly insects, rickety planes and never ending rains, Douglas Preston joins an exploratory team in an excruciating attempt to find evidence of an ancient civilization deep in the rain forest in the Honduran mountains. Using advanced aerial laser technology to first map the area a team of archaeologists, photographers, and adventurers are ecstatic when they find wh...
  • Jennifer
    Preston's account of his part in the search for a legendary city in the mountains of Honduras has a lot going on: not just exploration and new scientific approaches to archaeology, but discussions of academic infighting, looting versus careful excavation, political issues, the many ugly faces of colonialism, and also *way* more about leishmaniasis than I ever wanted to know. Those last few chapters made me very glad to be an armchair explorer. It...
  • Lexxi Kitty
    *I received this book from NetGalley, and Grand Central Publishing (Hachette Book Group) in return for a fair review.* - werejaguarSouth of the furthest extent of Mayan civilization, rested another civilization, distinguishable from the Mayan, though incorporating certain influences from the Maya. The name for this multi-city culture? …. According to the book I read, the culture has been in the shadow of the Maya – so much so, that it doesn...
  • Mal Warwick
    In 2015, an expedition led by an American filmmaker ventured deep into the Honduran rain forest in search of a fabled ancient city known variously as The White City and The Lost City of the Monkey God. The novelist and nonfiction writer Douglas Preston accompanied the expedition on assignment from the National Geographic. He adopted the lengthier name of the long-lost town as the title of his fascinating first-person account of the journey. The b...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Summary: This was a fun adventure story, but a little light on the science and archeology.A mysterious civilization as wealthy as the Maya has long been rumored to be hidden in the mountainous Mosquitia region of Honduras.  However, it was only with the advent of LIDAR, a sonar-like technology for mapping the jungle floor, that any progress was made in the search. The two sprawling cities revealed by this mapping were incredible discoveries that...
  • Cherei
    We frequently travel the path of the Ancients. So, it came as no surprise to find out.. that Douglas Preston was in Roatan, Honduras the same time we were! Though, we had NO idea that there was an expedition going on in the jungles of Honduras. What a fantastic real-life adventure! I learned quite a bit about the new tools now available to archeologists. There's no way they would have found either city without the new equipment. Then, to travel t...
  • Biblio Files
    I am on a roll with some great history books lately. The Lost City of the Monkey God isn't exactly history, but the combination of anthropology, archaeology, adventure, technology, history, and medicine (an unexpected but important component) made this a book I couldn't wait to get back to every time I was interrupted by, you know, life. The book follows Preston's experiences as a writer on the expedition to find what appeared on LIDAR (a mapping...
  • Margaret George
    I really enjoyed this book---I am a sucker for jungle adventure stories in any case, but since I have lived in central America and also worked at NIH, it was especially interesting to me. Some readers have complained that it was really two books in one--the exploration of the site, and a study of parasitology. But I thought the two complemented one another. The danger of infection in that place was very high (many members of the expedition got it...
  • Monty desai
    This is a non fiction book by Douglas Preston..It talks about his adventure in Honduras recently in the quest to find out about "THE LOST WHITE CITY OF MONKEY GOD" and the mysterious disappearances of all the locals and surrounding people who at one time prospered in that city for trade and commerce...It is beautiful, mysterious and at times scary true experiencing book...
  • Jolinda Van Haren
    I've read every Douglas Preston novel but this one is a big disappointment. It was so anti-climactic.So archeology can be really boring! This is a non- fiction novel about an expedition in Honduras hunting for the lost City of the Monkey God. It was long, boring, planes almost crashed, people almost got bit by snakes, but they didn't! Sorry I bought this book! Love all all the non fiction by Douglas and Preston but not this one!
  • Jen
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book- it's been a while since I read a good book about exploration. I'm woefully uneducated about the history of Southern/Central America, so this has certainly whetted my appetite to read more. It's a quick read- very entertaining as well as informative. It's got everything from academic squabbling to what it's like to enter a virgin forest, to the history of pandemics and the threat of what were formerly tropical disea...
  • Scott Rhee
    Douglas Preston writes supernatural thrillers with co-author Lincoln Child. Consistently best-sellers, their books appeal generally to fans of contemporary pulp and aficionados of grade-B horror and sci-fi. Occasionally, they publish individually.While Preston’s latest has the gloriously spectacular title---“The Lost City of the Monkey God”---and all the pulpy grade-B horror elements of his previous novels, “Lost City” is, actually, non...
  • Rob
    A fascinating read, from start to finish. If you enjoy travel (Central America) and adventure-the search for an undiscovered civilization-the “Lost City of the Monkey God” provides plenty of excitement with unusual twists. In the heart of Honduras lies an ancient city, only previously known as a five-hundred-year-old legend with an ancient curse. Preston takes you into the jungle with the first expeditionary team that discovered the ruins in ...