From the Back Cover
'Mr Allen undertook one of the Last Great Adventures left: to journey between the mouth of the Orinoco and the Amazon, one and a half thousand miles as the vulture flies, through jungle inhabited by eccentric prospectors and gullible Indians. He has written a marvellous book.
PETER HILLMORE, 'Literary Review'
'Thoroughly enjoyable and frequently very funny… As he makes his picaresque journey, Mr Allen encounters just about every horror imaginable: carnivorous fish, blood-thirsty jaguars, dead bodies (human and animal), vampire bats, scorpions, ants, parasites and mosquitoes.'
NEW YORK TIMES
'The age of adventure is far from dead so long as people like Benedict Allen tread the earth.'
IAN HAMILTON, 'Yorkshire Evening Post'
'Levels of literary comedy and pathos rarely achieved outside the novel. It is an irresistibly absorbing story both for its warm humanity and affection for the Indians and for its understated but serious warnings about the various threats to their primitive way of life.'
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About the Author
Benedict Allen is one of the UK's most prominent explorers. For the past twenty-five years he has conducted solo expeditions through the Amazon jungle, along Namibia's Skeleton Coast and across Mongolia's Gobi Desert without the use of GPS, satellite phone or other means of outside support, as we as having written ten books of his adventures and editing The Faber Book of Exploration. He was the first explorer to bring the full experience of remote travel to television - taking the genre to its limits by not using a camera crew and so bringing an immediacy to his experiences. Allen regularly gives lectures at the Royal Geographic Society.