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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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Product details

  • 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: 2,056,645 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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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: 3.2 out of 5 stars 36 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Feels like you're there, but disappointing 6 May 2011
By L. Duellman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is so well written you feel like you're actually there. I could feel the heat, the bugs, and the mud. I could almost see the trees and hear the sounds, but I don't know if I can finish this book. I find the author very un-likeable, but he didn't start out that way. He talks about being a Christian, but I sure don't think he acts like one. He has no empathy or even sympathy for a member of the group who is feeling real terror and fear. In fact, he seems to gang up with another member of the group on that one person. They make fun of him and intimidate him, but not once do they try to make him feel better. I could read plenty of books written by so-called Christians who don't act the part when it comes to others. I only got part of what I was hoping for with this book. I wanted to feel like I was there, which I did get, but I was hoping to read about people helping each other, which I haven't seen yet. I'll finish it and see if I'm pleasantly surprised or if I'm just even more disappointed in Christians.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Survival Tale 24 Mar. 2006
By Christine K. Cornett-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'
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars excellent adventure story....poor audio reading 3 April 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you want an exciting read, this is the book! However, get the BOOK, not this audio reading. After reading the book and wanting it for my collection, I accidentally ordered the audio version. Figuring it might be interesting to listen to in the car, I opened it. Bad move. The narrator feels he has a talent for voices and dialects he should not attempt. One of the key figures, 'Darcy', sounds like a flamboyant gay decorator, instead of the New Englander that he is supposed to be. I find myself getting more irritated at the butchering of the voice effects and less able to concentrate on what is a very intense adventure and an excellent read for teens through adults.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 22 Sept. 2014
By J. K. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
interesting
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Marketing prevails over integrity 23 Sept. 2006
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book's first title is far more accurate. The publisher obviously felt a need to repackage an already-gripping story, so integrity gets sacrificed on the altar of revenue. The Peruvian reviewer makes a James Frey accusation as well, which I am inclined to believe given the wholesale inaccuracy of the title.

A passage in the beginning of the book leads the reader to believe that Kirkpatrick ends up separated from the group for a long time and barely alive. This never happened. If it did, the "desperate battle for survival" bit would be far more accurate. Without this clever staging device, the book becomes a much slower page turner.

Kirkpatrick's life was not in serious jeopardy as long as the book's real hero, the ever-faithful Ashuco, remained by his side - which he did. Ashuco ends up being the only really likable character in the book.

The redeeming features of this book are its narrative and style, which borders on the poetic at times.
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