The Lost City of the Monkey God (2017) Review

Author: Douglas Preston
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Nonfiction
Length: 326 pages
ISBN: 1455540013

Goodreads rating: 3.9/5.0
My rating: 8.5/10


Absolutely wonderful book. Informative to the core; Douglas Preston does a phenomenal job leaving no stone unturned in his search for truth throughout the story of this expedition.

Each page is more interesting than the last as Preston and the rest of the group search for one of the world’s great lost cities. But he doesn’t stop at the end of the expedition, he continues on, delving through what I’m sure was countless hours of research into what could’ve been the possible downfall of this once great nation. The information provided on every single topic he touches on is truly incredible.

The Lost City of the Monkey God was so profound to me, that I spent a solid two weeks researching a variety of other hidden cities that had been discovered or rumored to exist at one point in history. Preston’s descriptive style made me feel like I was in the midst of an Indiana Jones movie, but without the gimmicky Hollywood qualities. In a more informative nature, I felt like I was going along on the journey to find The White City; luckily so, I was following behind the page, providing me the necessary immunities from contracting the rare form of leishmaniasis that many of those on the expedition did.

Never has my curiosity been so provoked by a non-fiction work. If you like true exploration stories and have a desire for boundless information, I would highly recommend anything that Douglas Preston has had a hand in.

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