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Coming in 2010 the new novel that continues Colonel Percy Fawcett's quest to find the Lost City of Z
In 1925 when Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, his son Jack Fawcett and close friend Raleigh Rimell, enter the Amazon jungle to search for a Lost City. They were never seen or heard of again. Until now!
The mystery begins in 1925 when Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, his son Jack Fawcett and close friend Raleigh Rimell, enter the Amazon jungle to search for a Lost City, that for some reason he named 'Z'. They were never seen or heard of again.
The reason Fawcett believed a lost city existed in the uncharted depths of the Amazon jungle is based on two pieces of information:
1 – He had undertaken many expeditions into the Amazon to survey the boundaries between Brazil and Bolivia at the behest of the Royal Geographic Society. Some of the indigenous Indians recounted stories to him of a huge lost city made of stone situated in the Mato Grosso region of the jungle. It was partly in ruin and overgrown. He was also told that strange lights that never went out lighted this lost city.
2 – Is his belief in a document he found in the library archives at Rio de Janeiro in 1920, labelled manuscript No. 512. This document stated that in the early 1600s, a half- Portuguese, half-Indian, known to the natives as Muribeca, discovered mines of silver, gold and precious stones in the Amazon jungle. Unfortunately, on his death about 1622, the secret of these valuable mines died with him and it fell into the realms of myth.
Manuscript 512 also told of a Portuguese expedition to the Amazon in 1743. The expedition discovered the ruins of an immense stone city, apparently abandoned. Strange hieroglyphs had been carved on some of the stone monuments found there.
Colonel Fawcett, already intrigued by the rumours local Indians had told him about a lost city in the uncharted areas of the jungle, probably after reading the old document was now convinced they were true.
In May 1925 he left Dead Horse Camp, his last know position, to enter uncharted cannibal infested territory; he was never seen or heard from again.
This is a great story of mystery and adventure, and a great subject to be turned into a novel, which begs the question why it has not been written before.
Although a few non-fiction books have been written about the lost Fawcett expedition, using Fawcett's diary and letters as inspiration, most end at Dead Horse Camp, Fawcett’s last known position. This is where Amazon Adventure begins and is the first book to continue Colonel Fawcett's expedition to reach his Lost City of Z.
The latest book written about the Fawcett mystery is David Grann's The Lost City of Z: A legendary British explorer’s deadly quest to uncover the secrets of the Amazon. (2009) Non-Fiction.
New Yorker writer Grann says that after stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries he set out to solve “the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century”: What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?
He travels to the Amazon jungle to follow in Fawcett's footsteps, you will have to read his book to find out if you think he succeeded.
Brad Pitt is soon to start filming a movie based on Grann's book. With the recent photos of Pitt sporting some strange facial growth, it seems he will be playing the part of Colonel Fawcett.
As we can see, a novel based on continuing the Fawcett expedition into the Amazon to reach the Lost City of Z, should be a thrilling ride.
Ben Hammott's previous book, Lost Tomb of the Knights Templar, (Non-Fiction)
Lost Tomb is an exciting treasure hunt that involves deciphering clues embedded in the decorations of an ancient French church that leads him to discover 2000-year-old artefacts and a tomb complete with treasure and a shrouded corpse.
What makes the book so enjoyable and easy to read is Hammott's writing style and his many humorous observations and antidotes, which had me laughing out loud on many occasions. It is a great read and I can't recommend it too much, even if you are not a fan of non-fiction you won't regret reading this one. The book has received excellent reviews and is available from Hammott's website: http://www.benhammott.com and Amazon UK
Ben is also writing a novel about his discoveries called BEGINNINGS, and I look forward to reading that when it is released shortly.
With the credentials earned from his previous book, I am in no doubt that Hammott's novel about Colonel Fawcett will more than do the story justice. To find out more about Amazon Adventure, visit his official website where you will find advance chapters to read. http://www.fawcettadventure.com
Here is the advertising blurb from the Fawcett Adventure web site:
The date is 1925 - The location is the Amazon Jungle.
Colonel Percy Fawcett, his son Jack and close friend Raleigh Rimmel, are looking for a lost City rumoured to be hidden in the unexplored regions of the cannibal inhabited jungle.
Dead Horse Camp is situated at the boundary of unexplored territory. Ahead lay the unknown, danger, and perhaps a Lost Civilisation.
The three explorers enter the jungle never to be seen or heard from again. Until now!
Present day - New information that reveals what befell the Fawcett expedition reaches the civilised world. A team is put together to travel to the Amazon jungle. Their task is to unravel the mystery and find the Lost City of Z.
But the journey to the Lost City is just the beginning. Inside lurks danger and a secret those guarding it will kill to protect. Survival will not be easy, escape impossible.
Fawcett's adventure continues in AMAZON ADVENTURE Journey to Colonel Fawcett's Lost City
An exciting archaeological mystery thriller with flashbacks to Colonel Fawcett's 1925 Expedition.
A thrilling story of adventure and discovery that weaves together an exciting blend of fact and fiction linked to the legends surrounding the lost Fawcett expedition and the mysterious Amazonian Jungle.
I for one can't wait.