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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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'
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.