Connect with me
Buy my stories
  • Spar
    by Nikko Lee

    A closeted black belt comes to terms with his bisexuality when he takes an openly gay student as his new sparring partner.

  • Wolf Creek: Gay Werewolf Romance
    Wolf Creek: Gay Werewolf Romance
    by Nikko Lee, Digital Fiction

    Life as a gay omega werewolf is no fairytale.

  • Bon Appetit: Stories & Recipes for Human Consumption
    Bon Appetit: Stories & Recipes for Human Consumption
    by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt, Rev. Thomas Thorn, Nikko Lee, Dax Bordas, Sebastian Bendix, Rick Powell, Misty Tyers, J. N. Cameron
    Contains Bouillon de Bebe 
  • NECRONOMICUM #2 (NECRONOMICUM: The Magazine of Weird Erotica)
    NECRONOMICUM #2 (NECRONOMICUM: The Magazine of Weird Erotica)
    by Gary Budgen, Julian Darius, Richard Greico Jr, Nikko Lee, K. A. Opperman, Alice Renard, Rose Banks, Paul St. John Mackintosh, Michael Seese

    Contains Instabiable by Nikko Lee

  • Zombiefied Reloaded: The Search for More Brains
    Zombiefied Reloaded: The Search for More Brains
    by Carol Hightshoe, Cynthia Ward, Terry M. West, Christie Meierz, Dana Bell, Mary E. Lowd, Patrick J. Hurley, Francis W. Alexander, Liam Hogan

    Brainatarian by Nikko Lee

  • Coming Back
    Coming Back
    by James Arthur Anderson, Brian Barnett, Dave Fragments, Shawna Galvin, Vince Darcangelo, Ken Goldman, Michael Lindquist

    Contains A Mother Knows by Nikko Lee (paperback available at

  • Wolf Warriors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology
    Wolf Warriors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology
    by Jonathan W. Thurston

    Contains Great Mother Wolf by Michelle Knowlton

  • People Eating People: A Cannibal Anthology
    People Eating People: A Cannibal Anthology
    by Frank Larnerd, Tony Peak, Geoff Gander, Shenoa Caroll-Bradd, Robert Hart, Nikko Lee, Kyle Yadlosky, Edward Martin III

    Contains Bouillon de Bebe by Nikko Lee

  • Valves & Vixens: Steampunk Erotica
    Valves & Vixens: Steampunk Erotica
    by Nicole Gestalt, Crysta Coburn, J.T Seate, Nikko Lee, V.C., Zak Jane Keir, Blair, Regina Kammer, Jim Lee

    Contains Boson's Mate by Nikko Lee

  • The Big Book of Bizarro
    The Big Book of Bizarro
    by Rich Bottles Jr.

    Contains Honey-Do by Nikko Lee

  • Between Love and Lust
    Between Love and Lust
    by Nikko Lee


    Print-on-demand paperback

  • Templar and Other Stories of Suspense and Terror (Vampires 2, Volume 4)
    Templar and Other Stories of Suspense and Terror (Vampires 2, Volume 4)
    by J. Troy Seate, Patricia McCarthy, Nikke Lee, Andrea Saavedra, James Hartley, Edward McKeown, Mike Graves, J.E. Gurley, Zakk Erikson, David Bernstein C.C. Blake

    Contains Pure Delight by Nikko Lee

« The Pharaoh's Key by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child | Main | The Storm Before the Storm by Mike Duncan »

The Lost City of the Monkey God By Douglas Preston

Why I read this book:

Douglas Preston received an award at the Maine Crime Wave 2018 and gave a fantastic talk that inspired me to buy one of his books. As a journalist, he's lived a life that is straight out of an adventure novel. It's no wonder he's written several fiction novels as well as non-fictional recounts of some of the adventures he's been on. The Lost City of the Monkey God details the re-discovery of forgotten ruins in the remotest Honduran jungles using LIDAR and the subsequent expedition to confirm the results.

My one sentence summary:

A team of scientists, a journalist and ex-commandos enter the deadly jungles of the Mosquitia jungle in Honduras to find a civilization left to mythology and a deadly infection.


Preston has got some real characters in this book from the former military specialists to the fixer who knows exactly who to bribe. The details on the scientific tools used to locate the ruins is well balanced with personal stories, threats of dire consequences and humor. Once the team is on the ground, the real adventure and hardships begin. Their discovery is appropriately put into historical context as well. Preston strikes a balance between reporting and story telling that makes for a griping adventure.


Before getting to the meat of the story, Preston builds the groundwork for the historical context of the search for the White City. He details no only the reported attempts but tries to pin down their exact location. This preamble was interesting to a point but the detailed debunking of the previous failed attempts got a little long when I was more interested in getting to the team that would actually get to the ruins. Especially after the opening teaser about how dangerous the jungle they were about to enter was. I found myself having similar feelings in the epilogue which focused on the mysterious disease that some of the members of the team acquired. As someone interested in virology and parasites, I was interested in some of the details of the infection as well as the treatment. However, it felt like it dragged.

Final verdict:

Forgotten ruins in a deadly jungle filled with nacros, jaguars, disease carrying mosquitoes in a country with a new government trying to establish its legitimacy, you can't ask for a more gripping pretense. A high recommend to anyone who likes adventure archeology with a dash of science and medicine. Just don't be surprised if the beginning and end drag a little.

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>