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The Lost City of the Monkey God (edição: 2017)

de Douglas Preston

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"Douglas Preston takes readers on an adventure deep into the Honduran jungle in this riveting, danger-filled true story about the discovery of an ancient lost civilization"--Since the days of 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. In 1940 journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City-- but then committed suicide without revealing its location. In 2012 Preston joined a team of scientists using classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. They found evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization-- and returned carrying a horrifying, sometimes lethal-- and incurable-- disease.… (mais)
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Título:The Lost City of the Monkey God
Autores:Douglas Preston
Informação:Grand Central Publishing, Kindle Edition, 326 pages
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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story de Douglas Preston

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    Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya de William Carlsen (rakerman)
    rakerman: Jungle of Stone tells the story of challenging explorations of Mayan sites. The Lost City of the Monkey God tells the tale of a challenging exploration of a city from an unknown but potentially Maya-related civilization.
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    The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey de Candice Millard (rakerman)
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I loved this book. Douglas Preston turned what could have been a somewhat dry archeological discovery into a fascinating musing on humanity, history, and nature.

In 2012, a team of scientists, filmmakers, photographers, writers, and adventurers were guided into one of the most remote sections of the world in the mountain jungles of Honduras. The site was located with the aid of state-of-the-art lidar equipment that could penetrate the dense, water-soaked, plant-choked earth above the ruins. They were also accompanied by the Honduran military and three former British special forces members who were hired to clear the area, at least as much as possible, of vegetation and snakes and to keep the team safe.

Preston captured the excitement, danger, and tension in the dig. But he also spent a fair amount of time talking about the obstacles to this sort of research both from within and without the scientific community and by the people of Honduras. he was captivated by the beauty of the untouched jungle and lamented disturbing it. He finishes the book with a reflection on exactly why the people of the "lost city" abandoned the location approximately 500 years ago.

I am writing this review in the summer of 2020 and this book was published in 2017. Preston speaks of epidemics and the effect they have on the societies that have experienced them in the past. He goes on to speculate on pandemics that are sure to visit our modern world in the future. That future wasn't long coming. We are just beginning to experience it now. So it was with great interest that I read on his speculations.

The future wasn't rosy for the inhabitants of the lost city and while we may understand disease and treatments better today, we need to be cautious of feeling invincible. There are still many things about nature and human nature that we cannot control. ( )
  Library_Lin | Oct 4, 2021 |
Lost City of the Monkey Gods​ is a true story​ about a recent archaeological expedition into a Honduras jungle.​ Legends of a long-lost civilization have persisted, but became more believable following the discovery and investigation of artifacts recently uncovered in unexplored regions of Honduran jungles. This prompted the effort to fund and form a team to prove the existence of this long-lost tribe. Before the results of the expedition is described, the book reminds us about European "​discoveries" in the New World​, and ​the ​brutal impacts on the native civilization​s​ ​as a result of those discoveries.​
The book then goes on to describe the archaeological expedition put together to explore evidence of this potentially lost civilization in Honduras. The description of the difficulties faced by the team to reach the probable lost-city was mind boggling. Yet the team endured, and were able to find evidence of a lost civilization.
However, another significant aspect of the story involves the various parasitic diseases picked up by many of the archaeologists and investigators on the team. Doctors from the NIH (National Inst. of Health) were called upon to identify the causes and illnesses picked up by the team while in the jungle, and to determine the nature and to find cures for these life-threatening diseases. The bad news is that the parasite causing this ​worst ​disease i​s increasing its range from Central America into the Continental United States due to a warming climate. ​Cases of this rare tropical disease ​have already been ​reported in Texas. ​
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  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
**Audiobook version**

Author Douglas Preston takes us on an adventure to La Mosquitia, a humid and formidable jungle located in Honduras. Buried deep inside the rainforest are the ruins of a civilization that were unknown to modern society. Legends call it La Ciudad Blanca, the White City, also known as the City of the Monkey God. With the help of past anecdotes by explorers and locals alike plus with the aid of LIDAR, the latest radar technology, the expedition was able to map out multiple large cities hidden beneath the tentacles of giant vines and blanketed under the thick canopy.

Since excavation can take years, Preston isn't able to write a whole lot about the city itself. The book was published in 2017 and as of this review, the city is still mostly buried. Instead, he jumps into multiple topics; we learn a bit about the tempestuous history of Honduras, the multitude of explorers and treasure hunters that tried to seek out the city, the endless flora and fauna of the jungle, and about the deadly diseases that lurk in the swampy terrain.

As a matter of fact, a good portion is dedicated to the parasitic disease named Leishmaniasis. A cautionary word of advice: Google the disease at your own risk! In my opinion the book should be renamed The Lost City of The Mo...Leishmaniasis and Snakes Everywhere! Yeah snakes. Snakes everywhere. The Fer De Lance species to be exact. To quote the famous historian and archaeologist Indiana Jones: "Why did it have to be snakes?!"

I enjoyed the book. I thought it was informative and I learned a good amount about archaeology and how difficult and impossible the field can be. It isn't simply digging around dirt and uncovering artifacts I can tell you that. It's also unfortunately very bureaucratic. The information about the slew of diseases one can contract in the jungle was illuminating and downright terrifying.

If you go the audiobook route, you may or may not enjoy the reading by narrator Bill Mumy. I found his voice to be a bit annoying at first, but I managed to warm up to it later on. Other than that, if you are interested in Mesoamerica civilizations, diseases, and snakes then this book will be up your alley! ( )
  ProfessorEX | Apr 15, 2021 |
I wonder how the author of this book felt after his ending chapter and this past year. Not that I believe C-19 was as bad as the 1918 or even swine flu.
The ending did make me wonder what the America's were like when the Northwest Passage was open.
As usual I was left being slightly bemused by what came out of the Carbon Dating tests.
And when did the USA become America proper. I know he wanted to point out the mixed archaeologists, but Hondurans are Americans in my book. ( )
  Wanda-Gambling | Feb 18, 2021 |
I listened to the audio book version and it definitely suffered from a narrator that was not very engaging. The book was also far too genre hopping. I was looking for an adventure / survival/ archaeological romp. It was partially that but it was also a detailed history of Honduras, how the US has mucked with the social / political situation in Latin America, archaeological theory and methodology, the new science behind modern archaeology (LiDAR), and finally epidemiology, the effects of infectious diseases (especially on native populations after European contact), and the impact of climate change on the modern and predicted patterns of disease and parasitic transfer. Plus some pretty terrifying details about leishmaniasis. I just wasn't always in the mood to hear about whatever new topic the author skipped to. It has a mind-boggling level of detail and research but I think I would have preferred the Cliff Notes. ( )
  Sarah220 | Jan 23, 2021 |
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"Douglas Preston takes readers on an adventure deep into the Honduran jungle in this riveting, danger-filled true story about the discovery of an ancient lost civilization"--Since the days of 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. In 1940 journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City-- but then committed suicide without revealing its location. In 2012 Preston joined a team of scientists using classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. They found evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization-- and returned carrying a horrifying, sometimes lethal-- and incurable-- disease.

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