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Lost in the Amazon: The True Story of Five Men and Their Desperate Battle for Survival Hardcover – 1 Aug 2005

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers (1 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849900158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849900150
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 16.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,414,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1995, Stephen Kirkpatrick joined a five-man expedition into the remote jungles of the Peruvian Amazon. Kirkpatrick's assignment was to document an area of the rainforest that has never before been photographed, or by most accounts, ever explored by white men. Within hours of their departure an inaccurate map and a series of bad decisions combine to leave the group hopelessly lost in the depths of the Amazon jungle. What began as a career-making photo expedition quickly turned into a desperate struggle for survival. The five men battle poisonous reptiles, hungry bugs, torrential rains, and an unforgiving landscape in an attempt to find their way back to civilization. They soon learn that survival is not only a physical, but mental and spiritual challenge as well. "Lost in the Amazon" is a gripping, sometimes humorous, and ultimately inspirational story about the human drive to survive, and about clinging to faith in the worst circumstances imaginable.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Smith on 12 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
It is always interesting to hear about the Amazon, and there are
aspects in the book that provide interesting insight into the forest,
the people and their villages. However, the book is dominated by the
author's bland, superficial evangelism regarding his Christian faith,
with his rather childish reinterpretations of all life events in terms
of what God is trying to show him. Related to this, he puts more
effort into describing his banal, cliched, interactions with his sons,
than in describing the places that he visits.
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Amazon.com: 35 reviews
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Good but not Great Read 16 Sept. 2005
By Reader from Fairfax - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book serves as a cautionary tale for anyone considering an "Eco Trip" in the Amazon (which strikes one as naive and foolish after reading this account). It relates many harrowing experiences and miseries endured by the author and his group as they tried to find their way through jungle, swamps, rivers, and countless natural obstacles, using a hand-drawn map and hoping to reach a destination that kept eluding them. The planning and execution of the trip was a recipe for disaster. For the author, the book is clearly a profession of his Christian faith, and he attributes the misfortunes and near-disasters of the trip to a greater plan God had for testing his faith.

To me this was more a story of misery and woe brought on by the participants' lack of knowledge and preparation, and it contained a bit too much proselytizing for my taste. It's an interesting read, but can't begin to compare to other accounts of harrowing survival, such as 'Alive' and 'Survive the Savage Sea', which are truly amazing books.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
True Survival Tale 24 Mar. 2006
By Chrissy K. McVay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book opens with a spine chilling account of a photographer lost in the jungle during a heavy storm. The pouring rain "falling so hard and so heavy I wondered if I might actually drown while walking in it." Kirkpatrick and his wife Marlo write a descriptive true survival tale that tugs you along on the journey with delightful narration. Another favorite line of mine: "If the heat, the bugs, and the starvation didn't kill you out-right, the mold would do it, one inch at a time."

I will certainly look for Stephen's book of Amazon photos, 'Romancing the Rain'. On a more personal note, I'm so sorry the author lost his young son to an auto accident.

Chrissy K. McVay

author of 'Souls of the North Wind'
36 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Not Actually Lost in the Amazon 6 Sept. 2005
By Kevin O'Mahoney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"Lost in the Amazon" is not, as the author Stephen Kirkpatrick claims, about an expedition that loses its way in the uncharted Amazon and struggles for survival. Instead, it is about a photographer, Kirkpatrick, who hires responsible, knowledgeable guides who successfully follow a trail from point A to point B and from point B to point C and then down the river to point D, where they catch their plane. In short, the expedition is never lost. The loyal, patient guides are constantly reassuring Kirkpatrick that they remain on course. While the trip takes longer than he anticipated, the men suffer foreseeable deprivations because of Kirkpatrick's failures, particularly to bring the necessary resources (adequate food, shelter, waterproof bags for his cameras). Disappointingly, Kirkpatrick blames everyone but himself for their misfortunes. Nevertheless, they are welcomed, fed and sheltered at the villages they visit. For Kirkpatrick to claim they were lost, he either became unnecessarily unglued during the trip, is trying to improve an adventureless story, or wants only to entice readers into buying his book.

Instead of drama, Kirkpatrick subjects the reader to a steady diet of complaints. On every page, he whines about the rain, the heat, the bugs, his hunger, his blistering feet, the incompetent Mario, his failed marriage, and his waterlogged cameras. Worse, when he is not droning on about his miseries, he inflicts his Christian fundamentalism on the reader. He wonders again and again why God has led him to the hot, muggy Amazon. Everything, including God, is conspiring against him. Other than a nice sunrise, a bird, and some flowers outside a village, Kirkpatrick treats the reader to none of the wonders of a rainforest. In Kirkpatrick's jungle, there is little enchanting or elevating or even beautiful -- just rain, annoying birds, and voracious bugs. Having visited a number of rainforests in Central America, I can say confidently that the problem was not the rainforest, but Kirkpatrick's gloomy personality.

Finally, Kirkpatrick is so self-absorbed and so focused on his suffering and unhappiness that he tells us next to nothing about his traveling companions. Other than Mario's fear of drowning, Darcy's skepticism of Kirkpatrick's religious beliefs, Estaban's failure to properly estimate the length of the trip, and Aschuco's loyalty, Kirkpatrick reveals almost nothing about the men with whom he spends nearly ten days. More than likely, he told us everything he bothered to learned about them.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Lame in the Amazon 6 Sept. 2005
By J. L. Wilder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What surprised me most about this book is that it ever got published. If you don't share the author's passion for photography or Jesus, you'll probably wonder why this story is worth telling in the first place. Kirkpatrick is no Krakauer.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Hear the Mosquitoes, Smell the Sweat and Feel the Itch 4 Aug. 2005
By Brian Austin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
With the pacing and drama of a well-crafted novel, enough life and death encounters for a murder mystery, and blood, sweat and tears enough for any action-loving cliff-hanger, this book combines a fascinating story with brilliant writing. Nature lovers will be caught up in the intimate details of the Amazon rainforest - especially as they can be shared vicariously without the sweat, the bug-bites and the snakes. Adventure lovers will find their appetite deeply satisfied. And those unwilling to simply read about an adventure, but wishing to actually experience it, will find a very sober warning before they launch themselves into the great wilderness of the Amazon basin.
The author's faith in God starts out like so many people in the North American Church - firm but little tested - almost a security blanket. The growth of that faith, repeatedly stretched to its absolute limits - is a key element of this story. The skepticism of other members of the team comes through with clarity and blunt honesty, actually enhancing the writing.
Altogether a wonderful and rewarding read. It left me hungering for more as well as searching for the earlier book, Romancing The Rain, which is unfortunately out of print at this time.
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