Roosevelt's Beast

Roosevelt's Beast

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"A reimagining of Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt's ill-fated 1914 Amazon expedition--a psychological twist on the smart historical thriller that first put Louis Bayard on the map. 1914. Brazil's Rio da Dúvida, the River of Doubt. Plagued by hunger and suffering the lingering effects of malaria, Theodore Roosevelt, his son Kermit, and the other members of the now-ravaged Roosevelt-Rondon scientific expedition are traveling deeper and deeper into the jungle. When Kermit and Teddy are kidnapped by a never-before-seen Amazonian tribe, the great hunters are asked one thing in exchange for their freedom: find and kill a beast that leaves no tracks and that no member of the tribe has ever seen. But what are the origins of this beast, and how do they escape its brutal wrath? Roosevelt's Beast is a story of the impossible things that become possible when civilization is miles away, when the mind plays tricks on itself, and when old family secrets refuse to stay buried. With his characteristically rich storytelling and a touch of old-fashioned horror, the bestselling and critically acclaimed Louis Bayard turns the story of the well-known Roosevelt-Rondon expedition on its head and dares to ask: Are the beasts among us more frightening than the beasts within?" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780805090703
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAYARD
Characteristics: 299 p. : map, genealogical table ; 25 cm


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Apr 02, 2017

What a fun audiobook to listen to. A great adventure story. Enjoy it as such.

Jan 27, 2016

I can say with certainty that this is not the book to read after binge watching the Ken Burns PBS documentary series: The Roosevelts.

Apr 23, 2014

First Bayard book I've read, must read more. Completed in two sittings - could not put down. Not my usual genre. More to this than just a story, addresses the human condition.


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