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
GenreNonfiction, History, Adventure, Travel, Science

Reviews The Lost City of the Monkey God

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”I peered out the window, transfixed. I can scarcely find words to describe the opulence of the rainforest that unrolled below us. The tree crowns were packed together like puffballs, displaying every possible hue, tint, and shade of green. Chartreuse, emerald, lime, aquamarine, teal, bottle, glaucous, asparagus, olive, celadon, jade, malachite--mere words are inadequate to express the chromatic infinites.” Douglas Preston was always interest...
  • Miranda Reads
    3.5 stars! People need history in order to know themselves, to build a sense of identity and pride, continuity, community, and hope for the future. The White City (aka the Lost City of the Monkey God) was a legend...until now.For the last 500 years, rumors have flooded every major news outlet.... only you be proven false - every single time.However, with the invention of new technology and a dogged determination, several explorers, architects an...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True StoryWritten by: Douglas PrestonNarrated by: Bill MumyThis was such an exciting audible book and filled with rich history and science. Mr Preston starts the book with how he got started on this trip and all the investigations he had to do to get information on finding what he could. He explained many trips that were tried and failed. I find this all fascinating. This was NOT a fiction book. Then the trip th...
  • Matthew
    Fascinating and terrifying! A non-ficton story about pre-history, history, and the lessons it teaches us about our potential mortality. A cautionary tale that we may have no control over; the fate of ancient civilizations may hint at our eventual fate as well.Doulas Preston always impresses. I am a huge fan of his fiction work (the Pendergast series with Lincoln Child) and his detailed, but not so much that it is inaccessible, non-fiction. Every ...
  • 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...
  • Diane
    My jungle terrors continue! This is the second book I've read this summer about how deadly the jungle can be, and if I read any more I'll need a Xanax.The Lost City of the Monkey God is about an archaeological discovery in La Mosquitia in Honduras. Douglas Preston was reporting on the search for the ruins of an ancient civilization, nicknamed the White City, or the Lost City of the Monkey God. In 2015, researchers used technology called LIDAR to ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    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 like 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 Lo...
  • Dem
    3.5 Stars An interesting story of a lost age and an adventure that is informative and educational.Douglas Preston's account of his adventure to La Mosquitia an unexplored, uninhabited region of forest in the Honduran wilderness in search of the Lost City of the Money Gods.Since the days of conquistador Hernan Cortes, rumours have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the...
  • 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...
  • J.L. Sutton
    In The Lost City of the Monkey God, Douglas Preston presents an engaging account of an expedition setting out to (re)discover a lost city in the jungles of Honduras (the White City or City of the Monkey God). Preston begins by offering historical research of an earlier search for the city which, despite the hype, probably never located the city and might not have even been looking for it. However, comparing his expedition with the one 80 or so ye...
  • Barbara
    4.5 starsFor centuries rumors swirled about an abandoned ancient settlement in the jungles of Honduras, a region called 'The White City of the Monkey God.' The remains of the White City was reputed to contain gold, priceless cultural artifacts, and the remnants of temples and buildings - a veritable cornucopia for treasure hunters, archaeologists, and anthropologists. Over the years many explorers tried to find the White City. Some never came bac...
  • The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)
    Who knew that there were so many civilizations in the Northern 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,...
  • Char
    The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story is not my normal cuppa, but came to me highly recommended. I'm glad that I reserved the audio at my library. I enjoyed this story, but was slightly disappointed at the time spent actually exploring. The beginning of the book goes into previous expeditions to areas near this city and the problems faced due to the fact that Honduras can be a very dangerous country. Not only due to the insects, snakes a...
  • Jim
    For centuries, since the days of Hernán Cortés in the 1500's, rumors abounded regarding a lost city in Honduras called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. It was reputed to be a city of immense wealth. Indigenous tribes warned that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. There have been many stories about sightings of this lost city. Some of these outright hoaxes. None have proven it's existence. In the twentiet...
  • Wanda
    3.5 starsMy friend Barbara recommended this book to me, so really how could I refuse? Especially once I found out that much of the action takes place in Honduras, a country that I have been interested in visiting for several years. Why? The Lovely Cotinga, that's why (have a look at But I think I may be cured of that desire now. You see, in addition to the anthropological research and the jungle exploratio...
  • J.K. Grice
    Definitely one of the best books I read in 2017. This is an incredibly fascinating and detailed book involving science, history, and adventure. Highly recommended.
  • 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.
  • Bam
    Rumors of ancient lost cities awaken in us dreams of making great archeological discoveries and finding buried treasure, but as is so often the case, these are only to be achieved by most of us through a vicarious armchair adventure like this one! In this true story, author Douglas Preston takes us along on his journey deep into the heart of the rainforest in Honduras, as a team of scientists, filmmakers, hired guards, soldiers and others try to ...
  • 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...
  • Kimberly
    3.5 stars.THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD: A True Story, by Douglas Preston is a nonfiction account of an expedition to the deepest jungles of Honduras, in an attempt to find the legendary "White City", or "The Lost City of the Monkey God".I am familiar with this author through his fictional works mainly, including his collaborative efforts with Lincoln Child. If anyone could make a true story of this incredible find come alive on the pages, it i...
  • Faith
    I was expecting a non-fiction adventure story told by one of my favorite thriller authors, but this book really covers a lot more territory than that. In the La Mosquitia region of Honduras, there was rumored to be a lost city where people once worshipped a monkey like statue. There were also rumors about the unfortunate fate that would befall people who went looking for this city. The beginning of this book describes a lot of failed and fraudule...
  • Erica
    Takeaway: White people are an insensitive, self-aggrandizing, entitled lot, especially the American male ones. And that's how they got a curse.Note: The reader/listener is repeatedly told that archeology and paleontology are not nor and definitely not This story has a tinylittlebit of (Theme song can be found here, in case you also loved singing that at the top of your voice when you were a hopelessly overwrought tween)Though, honestly, all the ...
  • Petra
    Most fun fact: North America has bananas because Jules Verne mentioned them in a book. This is an all encompassing story of a modern archeological discovery, from the first idea of the possibility to the remarkable results. It looks at history, modern technology, snakes, jungle, bugs, artifacts, and dangers of exploration. The last section on disease was most interesting. I'm a sucker for stories of archeological finds & discoveries therein. Medi...
  • 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 ...
  • Tanja Berg
    This is the first non-fiction book I have read by Douglas Preston. He is an "unreliable" author in that he has written some books that I have truly enjoyed ("Jennie") and some books that have been among the worst I have ever read ("Tyrannosaur Canyon"). This being non-fiction and the concept - looking for a lost civilization in the jungle - fascinating. I wasn't disappointed. The book starts off describing the many dangers of jungle explorations:...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I think this book had the content of a feature National Geographic article stretched out into a book. I got more enjoyment from reading the surrounding controversies from these announced discoveries. More to come after we discuss it in book club!(Finally crossed Honduras off my around the world reading though.)
  • jv poore
    This was about so much more than the Lost City--it was packed with information, presented in a palatable way and even tone. I feel stupidly excited by how much I learned and how incredibly interested I was in absolutely every facet of this discovery and the ripple effect of the exploration itself.
  • 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...