The Lost City of the Monkey God - Douglas Preston

The Lost City of the Monkey God

By Douglas Preston

  • Release Date: 2017-01-03
  • Genre: History
Score: 4
From 668 Ratings


The #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, named one of the best books of the year by The Boston Globe and National Geographic: acclaimed journalist Douglas Preston takes readers on a true adventure deep into the Honduran rainforest in this riveting narrative about the discovery of a lost civilization -- culminating in a stunning medical mystery.

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, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God-but then committed suicide without revealing its location.

Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything: lidar, a highly advanced, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, that flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization.

Venturing into this raw, treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful wilderness to confirm the discovery, Preston and the team battled torrential rains, quickmud, disease-carrying insects, jaguars, and deadly snakes. But it wasn't until they returned that tragedy struck: Preston and others found they had contracted in the ruins a horrifying, sometimes lethal-and incurable-disease.

Suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune, THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD is the absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.


  • Gripping

    By skyeward90
    I devoured this book! The history, adventure and science was all fascinating. One of my favorite reads of the year.
  • Well done

    By cindymeinecke
    Enjoyed the story. Hard to find fault with the truth.
  • Loved it must read

    By mikeeee llllll
    Loved it must read
  • A great read.

    By shitonaplank
    I just loved it
  • Must read

    By Kory92
    Stumbled upon this book and loved it. I love the way it is written - very detailed yet exciting. I learned about a lost city that I had never been exposed to before. I would recommend this book if you like fiction, history, and adventure.
  • Engaging book

    By Dubai sands
    Enjoyable and well-written
  • Airport Treasure

    By FirstMillennial
    Loved it.
  • A very good read

    By Desde Luego
    A fascinating combination of exploration, history, space-age technology, archaeology and medicine, with some unexpected twists.
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God

    By Susie & Gene
    This review has nothing to do with the book itself. Now please don’t discard this review. It has to do with the pricing of the book. In one place you have $2.99 and in another it is $9.99. But yet it is called a special. Please make up your mind and let your customers know what price we are to pay. I really wanted to read this book more than any other. But I really want to know how much I will pay for it. Thank you for your time, Carin M.
  • Not a typical Childs and Preston book

    By Pirates Pleasure
    Interesting story with many twists. I’m recommending it to my friends.