The Lost City of the Monkey God
A five-hundred-year-old legend. An ancient curse. A stunning medical mystery. And a pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world's densest jungle.

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.

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  • Dana Stabenow
    Jan 27, 2017

    Dana Stabenow

    For centuries Hondurans have told their children the myth of the Lost City of the Monkey God, but myths are often rooted in fact, and in the early Oughts cinematographer and inveterate searcher for lost cities Steve Elkins starts looking for it. National Geographic/New Yorker writer an...

  • Magdalena
    Jan 27, 2017


    As a longtime fan of the Pendergast series that Douglas Preston writes together with Lincoln Child was I curious to read this non-fiction book about a lost city. Personally, I find mysteries likes this very intriguing. I mean a lost city that is mentioned in old documents, but no one h...

  • Jolinda Van Haren
    Jan 27, 2017

    Jolinda Van Haren

    I've read every Douglas Preston novel but this one is a big disappointment. It was so anti-climactic.So archeology can be really boring! This is a non- fiction novel about an expedition in Honduras hunting for the lost City of the Monkey God. It was long, boring, planes almost crashed,...

  • Lexxi Kitty
    Jan 27, 2017

    Lexxi Kitty

    *I received this book from NetGalley, and Grand Central Publishing (Hachette Book Group) in return for a fair review.* - werejaguarSouth of the furthest extent of Mayan civilization, rested another civilization, distinguishable from the Mayan, though incorporating certain influences f...

  • Juli
    Jan 27, 2017


    I'm a late-comer to the writing of Douglas Preston, but I'm definitely hooked. Before reading The Lost City of the Monkey God, I had read only the first three fiction novels about Agent Pendergast penned with Co-author Lincoln Child. When I found out Preston was publishing a non-fictio...

  • Sally
    Jan 25, 2017


    This book has it all: adventure, danger, discovery, academic in-fighting, scam artists and the dedicated anthropologists and archeologists. It's quite a recounting of the difficult journey to find the Casa Blanca, Lost City if the Monkey God and a lost civilization. There is a lot to a...

  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Jan 23, 2017

    Katie/Doing Dewey

    Summary: This was a fun adventure story, but a little light on the science and archeology.A mysterious civilization as wealthy as the Maya has long been rumored to be hidden in the mountainous Mosquitia region of Honduras.  However, it was only with the advent of LIDAR, a sonar-like...

  • Caly ☯
    Jan 20, 2017

    Caly ☯

    I had the privilege of receiving a copy of this book in a giveaway in return for an honest review. That part is easy, I can honestly say that I loved it! I did not give it 5 stars only because I found parts of it a little tedious with all the background information on the Honduran Gove...

  • Mal Warwick
    Jan 17, 2017

    Mal Warwick

    In 2015, an expedition led by an American filmmaker ventured deep into the Honduran rain forest in search of a fabled ancient city known variously as The White City and The Lost City of the Monkey God. The novelist and nonfiction writer Douglas Preston accompanied the expedition on ass...

  • Ldygray
    Jan 16, 2017


    Completely fascinating, compulsively readable true story of an expedition into the Honduras rain forest in search of a lost Central American civilization. Really enjoyed Preston's writing style, his inclusion of various controversies that come up during the course of the expedition's r...