By Buddy Levy
From the acclaimed writer of Conquistador comes this exciting account of 1 of history’s maximum adventures of discovery. With cinematic immediacy and meticulous recognition to ancient element, this is the real tale of a mythical sixteenth-century explorer and his death-defying navigation of the Amazon—river of darkness, pathway to gold.
In 1541, the brutal conquistador Gonzalo Pizarro and his well-born lieutenant Francisco Orellana trigger from Quito looking for l. a. Canela, South America’s rumored Land of Cinnamon, and the fabled El Dorado, “the golden man.” using an incredible retinue of mercenaries, enslaved natives, horses, looking canine, and different animals around the Andes, they watched their proud day trip start to collapse even earlier than they descended into the nightmarish jungle, following the process a robust river. quickly hopelessly misplaced within the swampy labyrinth, their numbers diminishing day-by-day via affliction, hunger, and Indian assaults, Pizarro and Orellana made a fateful determination to split. whereas Pizarro ultimately again domestic barefoot and in rags, Orellana and fifty-seven males, in a number of fragile craft, endured downriver into the unknown reaches of the amazing Amazon, serenaded via local warfare drums and the eerie cries of unique predators. Theirs often is the higher glory.
Interweaving eyewitness money owed of the hunt with newly exposed information, blood brother Levy reconstructs the seminal trip that has electrified adventurers ever considering the fact that, as Orellana grew to become the 1st ecu to navigate and discover the full size of the world’s biggest river. Levy offers a long-overdue account of the local populations—some peaceable and alluring, supplying sustenance and life-saving information, others ferociously antagonistic, subjecting the invaders to gauntlets of unremitting assault and intimations of terrifying rituals. And here's the Amazon itself, a strong presence whose each twist and switch held the promise of latest wonders either usual and man-made, in addition to the ever present chance of death—a river that might carry Orellana in its impossible to resist embody to the tip of his existence.
Overflowing with violence and wonder, the Aristocracy and tragedy, River of Darkness is either riveting background and a wide ranging experience that may sweep readers alongside on an epic voyage in contrast to the other.