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Lost in the Amazon: The True Story of Five Men and their Desperate Battle for Survival [Hardcover]

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.74" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.91"
Weight:   1.02 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 12, 2005
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0849900158  
EAN  9780849900150  

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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 had never before been photographed, nor by most accounts, ever explored by white men.
Within hours of their departure, an inaccurate map and a series of bad decisions 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, brutal heat, 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 a 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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Not Credible From the Start  Jan 28, 2007
The book starts with a prologue that purports to be in the middle of the epic struggle advertised on the book jacket. You later learn the author was not really alone and never in real danger. I learned this from skimming the book because after the second chapter, the author was just too insufferable for me to continue reading. Twice in the first chapter he mentions how the fathers of his sons' friends went to work at the bank or a law office, he (the mighty hero) went to work in the swamp or the mountains or the jungle. The second chapter begins in the Peruvian city of Inquitos, where he immediately demonstrates his arrogance: "On the corner, a vendor peddled torillas I wouldn't have eaten on a bet." Not only are tortillas not eaten in Peru, but he shows his complete disregard for the Peruvian people and their culture with that snide remark. He's there to take pretty pictures of animals, not to learn about the culture or interact with the people in anything other than a superficial manner. Then there is his religion. Ah, yes. As he puts it, "Christians die like everyone else." Is that a revelation? I'm not sure, but it seems to be to him. There are truly great adventure books out there. This is not one of them.
All Hail Ashuco!!!  Dec 14, 2006
Stephen's first trip to the this site was a difficult one, but don't let the title of the book mislead you - the majority of his struggles are internal. Between throwing temper tantrums when his photography equipment malfunctions and praying when the going got tough, I didn't find much to empathize with here. I kept waiting for the book to shift into high gear, but it never quite makes it until the epilogue. Stephen finds himself in a couple of scary situations, but the reliable and loyal Ashuco always shows up to save him with his trademark call of "Esteve!". Which brings me to the greatest reason to read this book - Ashuco is a true hero and comes across as a remarkable person, and the reader is left wanting to learn more about him and his life. The final 3 or 4 pages are easily the best of the entire book, Stephen triumphantly returns to the this site for many successful expeditions and his reunions with Ashuco warrant a book of their own. Perhaps Stephen, Marlo, and Ashuco will all get together and help Ashuco write his own autobiography.
Marketing prevails over integrity  Sep 23, 2006
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.

Maybe Not Lost But Still an Adventure  Sep 8, 2006
I read this book last summer. There seem to be mixed reviews about the book. While I agree with its critics that the author was not actually "lost", he still shares an interesting story.

The author's photo expedition into the this site jungle quickly turns into a series of unfortunate events. The author relies on his loyal companions and his faith in God to escape the danger of the jungle. If you're looking for an unbelievable story of survival, this may not be the book. However, it's a great read for those interested in travel essay, adventure or the this site jungle.
A Thriller  Aug 30, 2006
While this book could be subtitled, "how not to plan and execute an expedition," Mr. Kirkpatrick does an excellent job of being transparent and real with the reader about what happened, how he felt about it. Many authors might have been tempted to write this story in such a way as to make themselves the hero, but Kirkpatrick is brutally honest with his failures and doubts - all of which lends an air of credibility to the story.

It's apparent that Mr. Mahoney below is allowing his Christophobia to cloud his view of the story. What he refers to as "Christian Fundamentalism" could only be called such by someone with very little understanding of Christianity or Fundamentalism. And the "constant whining about the heat, the bugs"...etcetera is called narrative - it helps the reader FEEL the story. It's something Kirkpatrick does very well. As one who has spent time in the jungle, I can say that his descriptions of it are accurate and compelling. Makes me want to pack my gear!

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