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eBook ✓ ePub Jungleland è ✓ reflectionslisburnltd Ç Armed with the personal notebooks of the mysterious World War II spy Theodore Morde an adventurer who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler journalist Christopher S Stewart sets out in search of the lost White City buried somewhere deep in the MosuitoY of Z and Lost in Shangri La Jungleland is in part a classic tale of man versus wild as well as a story of young fatherhood and a meditation on the timeless call of adventure an epic search for answers in a place where nothing is guaranteed least of all surviv The author took an interesting trip through the Honduran jungle following in the footsteps of an earlier explorer However all the descriptions of jungle travel get tedious at a certain point I got bored

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Armed with the personal notebooks of the mysterious World War II spy Theodore Morde an adventurer who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler journalist Christopher S Stewart sets out in search of the lost White City buried somewhere deep in the Mosuito Coast of In reading Jungleland I was reminded of the tale of the blind men who all describe an entirely different thing based on touching various parts of an elephant There are significant elements there and one can appreciate each and somehow still not get a sense of the whole Jungleland is the tale of Wall Street Journal writer Christopher Stewart on a uest He had come across information about a remarkable American Thomas Morde who in 1940 had discovered a long lost city in the jungles of Honduras The White City Of course documentation of this was somewhat incomplete We do not know if that is because Morde’s tale was a fabrication because the information was consciously withheld for some unknown reason or maybe the real info was simply mislaid in the 70 years since Morde’s discovery There is a gross similarity here to the 2009 book The Lost City of Z Stewart and Z’s author David Grann are both Brooklynites with Stewart probably the experienced adventureroutdoorsman of the pair They both follow the incomplete trail of explorers of an earlier time In Grann’s case 1926 In Stewart’s 1940 Their explorer inspirations both had met bad ends The explorers whose trail Grann was trying to follow in Z vanished and were presumed to have met a grim fate in the darkest Morde the historical adventurer of Jungleland met an early end of a different sort post exploration but maybe related to it The similarities are enough so that one could easily have titled this book the Lost City of W no not that W Stewart decided to trace Morde’s steps and rediscover this lost Jewel of the Patuca He offers informative descriptions of a place most of the world had long forgotten and that is before heading up river Local color includes not only howler monkeys brilliantly plumed birds and unpleasant critters known as bullet ants but the most dangerous snake on earth the Fer de lance a fast hemorrhagic death in a lovely compact package clouds of unpleasant flying creatures and the joys of foot rot from walking in water for weeks on end In addition to the native hazards of a natural bent there are their human counterparts Among the folks living upriver some are remnants of an ancient people maybe descendants of the civilization that built the White City Others are westerners hiding out for reasons good and ill some treasure hunters the odd drug mule and of course a lovely dose of local pirate We hear tales of encroaching ranchers and farmers and learn something about how they go about dealing with residents who may object to their presence The locals have varying amounts of intel about the vanished city Some is useful Some is not The adventurers find promising indications shards of civilization Some ruins are indeed found Is The Lost City of the Monkey God the White City or is the latter somewhere deeper into the jungle Wondering if and when is part of the fun of reading JunglelandStewart alternates between telling the story of his travels and those of Thomas Morde He had dug up what he could on Morde which was a fair bit The guy had been a real Indy sort an adventurer with a military background and an exciting career as a spy waiting for him The tale of Morde’s career after his Lost City adventures is a fascinating adventure all on its own The alternating tales format worked well offering points of similarity and divergence in these remote places across the seventy year gap Both Stewart and Morde were accompanied by people who had a bit familiarity with the land They both faced physical challenges and both had to cope with the ever present concern that it might all just be a wild uetzalcoatl chase There are observations made that have implications beyond the story at hand From the 1940 taleThe American banana companies—Standard Fruit based in La Ceiba and New Orleans and United Fruit out of Boston and Tela—had inserted themselves into this political void and very little happened without their knowledge They behaved like drug cartels that happened to sell fruit The companies had muscled their way into most of Central America with the help of the region’s cruelest dictators and were notorious for their blood soaked labor fightsThis historical aspect was most welcome as was learning of Morde’s life after he finished exploring So we have a book with a considerable collection of promising elements Add to them the author’s very accessible style and you have a very easy and informative read And yet somehow the whole did not seem to add up to the sum of its impressive parts It never elevated to the level of say that other Lost City book to which it bears a strong resemblance I wish I could identify precisely what glue it is that by it’s absence fails to bind the parts together into a cohesive whole But I lack the expertise to define the missing element It was like walking into a room where several pictures hang knowing that something has changed but not knowing uite what Maybe they have been rearranged Maybe one has been replacedIt may well be that for you the book will work completely There is a lot of craft and talent on display and enough information to make the journey worth your time And I do love to read work by my fellow Brooklynites But Jungleland while an interesting adventure remained for me an unfulfilled uest Pub date for the trade paper version was January 7 2014

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JunglelandHonduras Stewart pieces together the whirlwind life and peculiar death of Morde who sailed around the world five times before turning thirty as he tries to verify Morde's claim of having discovered the Lost City of the Monkey GodIn the tradition of The Lost Cit Jungleland tells the story of one journalist’s search for the White City Ciudad Blanca in the Honduran Jungle based upon some notes found from a World War II spy and adventurer named Theodore Morde who had claimed to discover the city prior to World War II The city which resides in one of the most heavily wooded rain forests surrounded by indigenous tribes drug runners and bandits From the notes for Theodore Morde and interviews with his family the author decides to take a trip to find this lost city For me the book fell short of expectations and the subtitle is misleading There is little here about a WWII spy and the jump between present day and Morde was annoying and not in synch with what Stewart was following in his storyline Expecting to see something related to Latin American history of the mysterious lost city there was little details other than descriptions of rain forest and no real anthropological analysis being done The story is choppy with short chapters that alternate between Stewart and Morde As some other reviewers have noted this book is not bad but there really is nothing here to sink your teeth into The story of following a path from a previous explorer and speculating on what he was feeling at the time was uninteresting and for those interested in history this is a book to pass on