“The novelist Doug Preston joins a rugged expedition in search of pre-Columbian ruins in the Honduran rain forest.”
Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.
The White City or The Lost City of the Monkey God is a legend that has endured since the days of Hernan Cortes, the Spanish conquistador. Natives speak of it as a refuge for their ancestors who were fleeing from the Spanish invaders and caution that those who go into this place will suffer illness and death. Theodore Morde, the fearless journalist, returned in 1940 with fabulous treasures and artifacts he found in the rainforest. Along with them he brought a tale of the discovery of the White City but didn’t reveal its location before he killed himself.
Seventy-five years after this, Doug Preston and a team of scientists embarked on a groundbreaking quest to discover this city. In 2012, Preston used the classified and advanced lidar technology to map the terrain that lay under the dense cover of the rainforest. What he found made history – in a valley that hadn’t been discovered yet lay the sprawling ruins of a metropolis that hinted at a lost civilization.
Doug Preston went into this beautiful but treacherous landscape to ratify his discovery with his team, battling everything from jaguars to disease-bearing insects, deadly snakes to quick mud and torrential rains. However, the curse seems to have borne out because when the expedition returned many of its members were afflicted with a deadly and incurable disease.
The Lost City of the Monkey God has everything from shock and suspense to terrifying adventures, from sensational turns of events to fascinating histories – every word of which is true.