Unmitigated greed makes even the most robust economies vulnerable to a similar collapse. I was in the middle of my fondest wet dream! Steve Elkins, heading the project, accepted Preston into the group. My biggest gripe is the end. I've read and reread his co-authored Special Agent Pendergast series multiple times. I also learned a lot about pandemics and how they decimated civilizations.
This is a story about a discovery by a writer who writes adventure-mystery-suspense novels, sometimes with a writing partner. And a pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world's densest jungle. It had an Indiana Jones tone that certainly held my attention - I loved hearing about the peril and the danger and those snakes! I wonder how much he may have consulted him while writing this book? People need history in order to know themselves, to build a sense of identity and pride, continuity, community, and hope for the future. It's the hardest to treat because the treatments have horrible side-effects, including ruining your kidneys. The two sinuous rivers ran through it, clear and bright, the sunlight flashing off their riffled waters as the chopper banked.
But that journey was not easy, the artifact excavation was even more dangerous and the aftermath? The trek is so dangerous and they almost die several times. I loved that part of the story, how petty some archaeologists were. I'm glad that I reserved the audio at my library. Instead, it reaches what one thinks of the climax, makes a right turn into relevant history of disease introduced to the Americas by Europeans, and concludes by circling back to a different parasite that inhabits this rain-drenched paradise. Also, calling it City of the Monkey God is offensive so stop already.
Especially since it pissed off archaeologists who think that it's cheating to use lidar to find lost cities. The survivors are deprived of that vital human connection to their past; they are robbed of their stories, their music and dance, their spiritual practices and beliefs—they are stripped of their very identity. It shoots thousands of lasers at the jungle floor from a plane. This time, the subject matter is equally compelling - an ancient and sacred city in Honduras known as the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. One of the nearby sites has two parallel mounds that may be the remains of a Mesoamerican ball court similar to those left by the Maya civilization, indicating a link between this culture and its powerful neighbors to the west and north. Unfortunately the writer - and other members of the expedition - were repeatedly bitten by the little critters, which had dire consequences later on.
After securing the financing, the search for the White City finally began in 2012. I always love books that are entertaining and learning as well, and Preston has managed that. However, with the invention of new technology and a dogged determination, several explorers, architects and writers including the author set off to discov 3. Woody worked the forked stick up its body to its neck as the snake continued to whip about. If you think you're about to read an archaeological treatise on the discovery of a truly 'lost city' - a word true archaeologists hate - then fuhgeddaboudit. Preston doesn't hesitate to include quotes from the naysayers yet he retains a journalist's objectivity throughout. This was an informative and entartaining book, keeping the promises of the blurb and the title.
Finally, most of the sea bed has never been explored and there are many shipwrecks and natural wonders to be found. The first recorded reference to the White City is in the writing of Cortez. But between age 4 and age 17, I crammed a ton of archaeology and paleontology, as well as cryptozoology and mythology because related fields, into my brain. It can be fast or slow and pandemics definitely speed things up. When the finally make it back home and think they are safe, they find that over half the members had the deadly leishmaniasis! It'll be a couple of years until more scientific research gets done on the site, and most of what the author states about the city and its people are educated assumptions. I'm a Honduran and a biologist, so I deeply enjoyed it, even his detours into tropical disease.
The celebrated author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond, has some wonderful examples, and Preston shares that wisdom with us, as well. The Smithsonian is not responsible for the privacy or security practices or the content of other sites, and such links are not intended to be an endorsement of those sites or their content. Since the days of conquistador Hernan Cortes, rumours 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. There were plenty of descriptions of this green hell, making you never want to go there. The ending focused on the difficulty of treatment for many, and then a bit of commentary about climate change and other factors that could be contributing to diseases such as Leish migrating to other locations. Lidar is able to map the ground even through dense rain forest, delineating any archaeological features that might be present.
It was only lost to white people who felt it needed to be found and dug up. This time, Preston was assigned to pen an article for National Geographic Magazine. It has been alleged that during the Contra war people were thrown out of helicopters into these gaping sinkholes, so there may be more awaiting the explorer than prehistoric burials. And did they happen to bring back the curse of the Monkey God? Woody arrived seconds later, with the rest of the group in tow, their headlamp beams swinging wildly through the murk. Me, either, and Preston, either, but he'll hear a lot more about it shortly. For archaeological research presented in a popular context, you're better off with something like , it covers Mayan history and was written by two of the key people behind translating Mayan glyphs.