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In 1559, 49 Spaniards exploring a tributary of the Orinoco River reached a sheer-sided, cloud-capped mountain called Tepui Zupay. When they tried to climb it, all but six were slaughtered by Amazons. Or so claimed Friar Sylvestre, the expedition's chronicler. But Sylvestre made many bizarre claims: rivers of blood, plants that lead to gold.
Jerry Pace, a burn-scarred botanist struggling for tenure at UCLA, thinks the friar was delusional. Jerry's best friend, the historian who just acquired Sylvestre's journal, disagrees. He plans to retrace the expedition's footsteps, and wants Jerry to come with him. Jerry refuses, until he spots a stain between the journal's pages - a stain that could only have been left by a plant that died out with the dinosaurs. Now he has to find that plant.
But the Venezuelan wilderness does not forgive intruders. Battered and broken, they reach a remote Catholic orphanage where the old prioress warns of death awaiting any who would venture farther. But an exotic Indian girl leads them on, through piranha-infested rivers and jungles teaming with poisonous plants, to Tepui Zupay - the forbidden mountain no outsider has set eyes on since the Spaniards met their doom.
This is a story about life's surprises - the challenges, risks - and how they transform us. It is also a tale of beauty and the beast.
©2015 John Oehler (P)2016 John Oehler
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3 out of 5 stars
By RSRiley on 09-16-16

disappointing read

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I thought the premise of the book was interesting but it became obvious from early on that this was a cheap romance novel type story and not a serious endeavor to tell a multi-layered tale. The characters were shallow, the story ridiculous. I guess if you're willing to suspend belief in all rationality, it works but not for me.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kevin J. Hayes on 08-29-16

Might be good on an airplane

Story is somewhat childish and never really gets anywhere - other than a sophomoric love story that doesn't have any credibility at least to this reader. It wasn't bad but it wasn't good and the audio version narrator was decent but didn't add anything in the telling. Will check out future books. It be wary before buying.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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