I chose this book because I had read others by the same author and loved them. This one did not disappoint. It has become one of my favourites. It tells the story of an adventurer seeking treasure in the wild places of South America. He finds a beautiful girl and an amazing city ruled by a lamia like serpent queen. The handsome city dwellers are remnants of a people born of a civilisation before we modern humans came out of our caves. Our hero has to fight dinosaurs, battle with enemies, and face a villain of beguiling Luciferian beauty and allure who promises him the world and is very hard to resist. Does he resist? Does he get the girl? Is the serpent queen as beautiful as she seems? Well, you will have to read the book to find out. Like all Merritt's books this would make a great adventure film. If you like stirring action tales, a great hero, and a fantasy world in which you would like to live...then this is the book for you. Read and weep tears of pleasure not gold. What am I talking about? Buy the book and find out.