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On April 6, 1940, explorer and future World War II spy Theodore Morde (who would one day attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler), anxious about the perilous journey that lay ahead of him, struggled to fall asleep at the Paris Hotel in La Ceiba, Honduras.
Nearly seventy years later, in the same hotel, acclaimed journalist Christopher S. Stewart wonders what he's gotten himself into. Stewart and Morde seek the same answer on their quests: the solution to the riddle of the whereabouts of Ciudad Blanca, buried somewhere deep in the rain forest on the Mosquito Coast. Imagining an immense and immaculate El Dorado - like city made entirely of gold, explorers as far back as the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés have tried to find the fabled White City. Others have gone looking for tall white cliffs and gigantic stone temples - no one found a trace.
Legends, like the jungle, are dense and captivating. Many have sought their fortune or fame down the Río Patuca - from Christopher Columbus to present-day college professors - and many have died or disappeared. What begins as a passing interest slowly turns into an obsession as Stewart pieces together the whirlwind life and mysterious death of Morde, a man who had sailed around the world five times before he was thirty and claimed to have discovered what he called the Lost City of the Monkey God.
Armed with Morde's personal notebooks and the enigmatic coordinates etched on his well-worn walking stick, Stewart sets out to test the jungle himself - and to test himself in the jungle. As we follow the parallel journeys of Morde and Stewart, the ultimate destination morphs with their every twist and turn. Are they walking in circles? Or are they running from their own shadows? Jungleland is part detective story, part classic tale of man versus wild in the tradition of The Lost City of Z and Lost in Shangri-La. A story of young fatherhood as well as the timeless call of adventure, this is an epic search for answers in a place where nothing is guaranteed, least of all survival.
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By Scott W Warnock on 01-20-13
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This book is very enjoyable and well written in a style that is not complex and easy to follow.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The subject of the book does the thing that many of us only dreamed of doing. Following his passion into adventure.
What about Jef Brick’s performance did you like?
The narration was perfect for this story and it didn't feel contrived...just right.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I didn't want to stop listening as I wanted to find out what happened next.
Any additional comments?
I don't normally write a review or rate books, but I enjoyed this so much I decided I wanted to thank the author for that enjoyment.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Kindle Customer on 01-30-13
Two time periods, one book.
I had just finished River of Doubt and was looking for more tales of travels in the jungle. This hit the spot. Author is self deprecating and honest about his experience and expertise in the field of exploration. His candor was appreciated.
Much about the story is simply the tug of war between men who need to wander and the pressures of a sedentary family life.
I enjoyed the narration and look forward to more from this particular narrator.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful