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: Americas
Score: 4.5
From 195 Ratings


NAMED A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017#1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller!
A Best Book of 2017 from the Boston GlobeOne of the 12 Best Books of the Year from National GeographicIncluded in Lithub's Ultimate Best Books of 2017 ListA Favorite Science Book of 2017 from Science News
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, 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.


  • Not a typical Childs and Preston book

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

    By Adam's Ghost
    What a bummer. This book starts as a fabulous adventure story every bit as good as Treasure Island, except that it's true making it even better. Just when some real discoveries are made, and you're thinking you'll stay up all night to finish the book, it crashes to a banal narrative. I kept reading hoping the exciting narrative would return, but it never did. Instead there is a discussion of the disease the explorers contracted in the jungle which is about as much fun as listening to the lady's bridge club talk about their gallbladder operations. This is used as a segue to trite moralizations . Interesting things like details of discoveries at the site never appear. Save your money
  • Overall really good

    By mormonape
    Maybe they all turned into vampires..
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God

    By Peg1gy
    A good read about a place I hope never to go!
  • Great discovery account!!

    By Yayinski
    A great read about historic discovery in La Mosquitia, Honduras 🇭🇳!!!
  • Fairly interesting

    By Rick Kelly
    The hype of finding the city keeps you reading well into the book. Then upon finding it the book falls short with very little in the ruins and just a lot of theories. Actually 3 stars is generous.
  • The lost city of the monkey God

    By Stanfarmer
    Extremely well written. Story line was laid out with care to chronology. History was wonderful. Adventure attention holding. Medical saga re leash is worth the pice of admission" Although the vector-spread of the disease was attributed to global warming the author wisely did not assign "blame" or causation exclusively to man's occupation of Earth. Though Preston's ideological views were made evident in his summation, they did not do damage. This book should be a must read--for enjoyment, edification, and education! Stan farmer author of Fool on a Hill
  • Intriquing does not give it justice

    By Running Ohma
    I read all of Douglas Preston novels and the books he is a joint writer of but had not read a non fiction one that he had written. This book was very well written and documented. It was extremely thought provoking. I am fascinated with rare viruses and the like so this book provided an extra bonus for me with Douglas covering Leishmaniasis. Very thought provoking. If you have any desire to learn more about long past societies and their archeological history then you will thoroughly enjoy this book. It is very well written and one that I could not put down. Thank you Mr Preston for taking the reader on a fascinating journey.
  • True Story

    By ~ Marianne!!!
    When I saw "true story" I though, what have I gotten into. Well, I got into a very well written book with as many twists and turns as some fiction. I am surprised to say this is an excellent read.
  • Fantastic Read

    Finished in one sitting. The author makes you feel like you are right beside him for the entire journey. Highly recommend!