Book Talks: The Lost City Of The Monkey God

lost city of the monkey god.jpgThe Lost City Of The Monkey God by Douglas Preston

Rumors have long circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous communities speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, a journalist returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and a story of having found the vanished city but then committed suicide without revealing its location.

Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Douglas Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying a highly advanced, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest cover. That flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling city, evidence of a mysterious, lost civilization. Venturing into the wilderness to confirm the discovery, Preston and the team battled torrential rains, quick mud, disease-carrying insects, jaguars, and deadly snakes. When they returned Preston and the others found they had contracted a horrifying, sometimes lethal – and incurable – disease. The absolutely true, eyewitness account is one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century. The Lost City Of The Monkey God can be requested through the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.

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