The Lost City of the Monkey God - Douglas Preston

The Lost City of the Monkey God

Author: Douglas Preston

  • Publication Date: 2017-01-03
  • Category: History
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 475 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.


  • 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.
  • 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