Into The Amazon

An Incredible Story of Survival in the Jungle

Author: John Harrison

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW

ISBN: 0857653202

Category: Travel

Page: 320

View: 8028

The last time John Harrison ventured into the jungle a member of his group died. This time he brought his wife. The Tumucumaque Hills on Brazil’s northern frontier are one of the few remaining unexplored regions on earth. Back in 1950, a young French explorer set off into the deepest jungle of that region and was never seen again. Inspired by that explorer’s diary, John and Heather Harrison paddled their canoe into some of the remotest tributaries of the Amazon, with no TV cameras, sponsors or the slightest chance of being rescued if things went wrong. Lost, and threatened by malaria, snakes, jaguars, piranhas, aggressive wild pigs and flesh-burrowing insects, they slashed a precipitous path over the mountains. This is travel at its rawest: the incredible story of the Harrisons’ struggle to keep their deteriorating sanity and relationship intact in one of the most hostile and unforgiving places in the world.

Jungle (Movie Tie-In Edition)

A Harrowing True Story of Survival in the Amazon

Author: Yossi Ghinsberg

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1510718702

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 324

View: 392

Four travelers meet in Bolivia and set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, but what begins as a dream adventure quickly deteriorates into a dangerous nightmare, and after weeks of wandering in the dense undergrowth, the four backpackers split up into two groups. But when a terrible rafting accident separates him from his partner, Yossi is forced to survive for weeks alone against one of the wildest backdrops on the planet. Stranded without a knife, map, or survival training, he must improvise shelter and forage for wild fruit to survive. As his feet begin to rot during raging storms, as he loses all sense of direction, and as he begins to lose all hope, he wonders whether he will make it out of the jungle alive. The basis of an upcoming motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe, Jungle is the story of friendship and the teachings of nature, and a terrifying true account that you won’t be able to put down.


A Harrowing True Story of Adventure, Danger and Survival

Author: Yossi Ghinsberg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781849538824

Category: Bolivia

Page: 317

View: 5195

I heard the rustle again, too close and too real to ignore. I clutched the flashlight, stuck my head out of the mosquito net... and found myself face-to-face with a jaguar. Four travelers meet in Bolivia and set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest to find a hidden tribe and explore places tourists only dream of seeing. But what begins as the adventure of a lifetime quickly deteriorates into a dangerous nightmare. After weeks of wandering in the dense undergrowth the group splits up after disagreements, and Yossi and his friend try to find their own way back without a guide. When a terrible rafting accident separates him from his partner, Yossi is forced to survive for weeks alone against one of the wildest backdrops on the planet. Stranded without a knife, map, or survival training, he must improvise shelter and forage for wild fruit to survive. As his feet begin to rot during raging storms, as he loses all sense of direction, and as he begins to lose all hope, he wonders whether he will make it out of the jungle alive. The basis of an upcoming motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe, "Jungle" is the incredible story of friendship and the teachings of nature, survival and human fortitude and a terrifying true account that you won't be able to put down.

Lost... In the Jungle of Doom

Author: Tracey Turner

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472907485

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 128

View: 4697

Deep in the Amazon Rainforest, danger lurks round every corner. Will you survive ferocious jaguars, terrifying black caiman and deadly dehydration? Packed full of fascination facts and essential information to get you to safety, Lost in?is an amazing new interactive, adventure-packed series in which the reader must choose their own path to survive to the end of the story. Can you get alive?

Osoboy, Wonder Dog of the Jungle

Author: Terry Kelly

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1467802859

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 180

View: 5877

Osoboy, Wonder Dog of the Jungle, is a narrative based on the adventures of this dog and his master. Brought to the remote Amazon jungle as a small puppy from the United States, Osoboy began his incredible journey from a fearful puppy to a fearless and faithful hunter. The unbelievable courage and agility that he demonstrates to protect his master and provide the necessary food for the community of Christian believers he is connected with will thrill the heart of the young and old alike. Taking place on a tributary of the mighty Amazon River, the story takes the reader to areas so remote that few could visualize or comprehend. Come follow the saga of a man and his dog and their intricate connection to a group of foreigners and nationals who attempt to form a life in an area so hostile that their very future is constantly in jeopardy. See how in the beginning the innocence and simplicity of the native population, whom these Christians have targeted to help, is slowly converted to the evil ways of the Mafia. Soon, through the power of greed and money, they are forced to cultivate tons of cocaine to satiate their ever increasing demand. Yet through it all, there stood a dog whose very presence exemplified the noblest traits of courage and fidelity. Undaunted by the impending evil, Osoboy continued to represent the very qualities that resist evil and nurtures goodness. As the dawning of a new day began to hover over the Amazon region of southern Colombia where this story took place, the life of Osoboy will continue to inspire and thrill the lives of all who hear and read of his adventures.

Lost in the Amazon

The True Story of Five Men and their Desperate Battle for Survival

Author: Stephen Kirkpatrick,Marlo Carter Kirkpatrick

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1418516287

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 8630

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.

The Mapmaker's Wife

A True Tale Of Love, Murder, And Survival In The Amazon

Author: Robert Whitaker

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0786741848

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 7008

In the early years of the 18th century, a band of French scientists set off on a daring, decade-long expedition to South America in a race to measure the precise shape of the earth. Like Lewis and Clark's exploration of the American West, their incredible mission revealed the mysteries of a little-known continent to a world hungry for discovery. Scaling 16,000foot mountains in the Peruvian Andes, and braving jaguars, pumas, insects, and vampire bats in the jungle, the scientists barely completed their mission. One was murdered, another perished from fever, and a third-Jean Godin-nearly died of heartbreak. At the expedition's end, Jean and his Peruvian wife, Isabel Gramesón, became stranded at opposite ends of the Amazon, victims of a tangled web of international politics. Isabel's solo journey to reunite with Jean after their calamitous twenty-year separation was so dramatic that it left all of 18th-century Europe spellbound. Her survival-unprecedented in the annals of Amazon exploration-was a testament to human endurance, female resourcefulness, and the power of devotion.Drawing on the original writings of the French mapmakers, as well as his own experience retracing Isabel's journey, acclaimed writer Robert Whitaker weaves a riveting tale rich in adventure, intrigue, and scientific achievement. Never before told, The Mapmaker's Wife is an epic love story that unfolds against the backdrop of "the greatest expedition the world has ever known."

When I Fell From the Sky

The True Story of One Woman's Miraculous Survival

Author: Juliane Koepcke

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1857889452

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

View: 4292

On Christmas Eve 1971, the packed LANSA flight 508 from Lima to Pucallpa was struck by lightning and went down in dense jungle hundreds of miles from civilization. Of its 93 passengers, only one survived. Juliane Koepcke, the seventeen-year-old child of famous German zoologists. She'd been thrown from the plane two miles above the forest canopy, but had sustained only a broken collarbone and a cut on her leg. With incredible courage, instinct and ingenuity, she survived three weeks in the "green hell" of the Amazon - using the skills she'd learned in assisting her parents on their research trips into the jungle - before coming across a loggers hut, and, with it, safety. Now she tells her fascinating story for the first time, and in doing so tells us about her 'Gerald Durrell' childhood - with a menagerie of wild, exotic and sometimes dangerous pets - about how she learned to survive at her parents ecological station deep in the rainforest and about her present-day commitment to this wildlife as a biologist and dedicated environmentalist.

Survivor on the River Kwai

The Incredible Story of Life on the Burma Railway

Author: Reg Twigg

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241965101

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 2812

Survivor on the River Kwai is the heartbreaking story of Reg Twigg, one of the last men standing from a forgotten war. Called up in 1940, Reg expected to be fighting Germans. Instead, he found himself caught up in the worst military defeat in modern British history - the fall of Singapore to the Japanese. What followed were three years of hell, moving from one camp to another along the Kwai river, building the infamous Burma railway for the all-conquering Japanese Imperial Army. Some prisoners coped with the endless brutality of the code of Bushido by turning to God; others clung to whatever was left of the regimental structure. Reg made the deadly jungle, with its malaria, cholera, swollen rivers, lethal snakes and exhausting heat, work for him. With an ingenuity that is astonishing, he trapped and ate lizards, harvested pumpkins from the canteen rubbish heap and with his homemade razor became camp barber. That Reg survived is testimony to his own courage and determination, his will to beat the alien brutality of camp guards who had nothing but contempt for him and his fellow POWs. He was a risk taker whose survival strategies sometimes bordered on genius. Reg's story is unique. Reg Twigg was born at Wigston (Leicester) barracks on 16 December 1913. He was called up to the Leicestershire Regiment in 1940 but instead of fighting Hitler he was sent to the Far East, stationed at Singapore. When captured by the Japanese, he decided he would do everything to survive. After his repatriation from the Far East, Reg returned to Leicester. With his family he returned to Thailand in 2006, and revisited the sites of the POW camps. Reg died in 2013, at the age of ninety-nine, two weeks before the publication of this book.

The Forgotten Highlander

An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific

Author: Alistair Urquhart

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1628731508

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 8196

Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders, captured by the Japanese in Singapore. Forced into manual labor as a POW, he survived 750 days in the jungle working as a slave on the notorious “Death Railway” and building the Bridge on the River Kwai. Subsequently, he moved to work on a Japanese “hellship,” his ship was torpedoed, and nearly everyone on board the ship died. Not Urquhart. After five days adrift on a raft in the South China Sea, he was rescued by a Japanese whaling ship. His luck would only get worse as he was taken to Japan and forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki. Two months later, he was just ten miles from ground zero when an atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. In late August 1945, he was freed by the American Navy—a living skeleton—and had his first wash in three and a half years. This is the extraordinary story of a young man, conscripted at nineteen, who survived not just one, but three encounters with death, any of which should have probably killed him. Silent for over fifty years, this is Urquhart’s inspirational tale in his own words. It is as moving as any memoir and as exciting as any great war movie.

Project-Based Writing in Science

Author: Lawrence Baines

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9462096716

Category: Education

Page: 108

View: 3304

Turn your students into scientists who use their knowledge and creativity to solve real-world problems. Each lesson features a step-by-step guide; a summary of recent research; and handouts that are classroom-ready. Learn about the three levels of writing, from a Level 1 quickwrite to a formal, multi-part, Level 3 research paper. Each writing assignment—narrative, persuasive, and informative—includes a detailed rubric that makes grading easy. Students collaborate to contain an outbreak of avian flu, lead a group of people trying to survive under harsh conditions, battle drought in a densely-populated city in the American southwest, research the behavior of animals in the local region, and calculate their own speed, velocity, and momentum. Engaging and demanding, Project-Based Writing in Science helps students to understand and improve the world.

Book Lust to Go

Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers

Author: Nancy Pearl

Publisher: Sasquatch Books

ISBN: 1570617015

Category: Travel

Page: 320

View: 4837

Adventure is just a book away as best-selling author Nancy Pearl returns with recommended reading for more than 120 destinations around the globe. Book Lust To Go connects the best fiction and nonfiction to particular destinations, whether your bags are packed or your armchair is calling. With stops from Texas to Timbuktu, Nancy Pearl's reading recommendations will send you on your way.


A True Story of Survival

Author: Annette Herfkens

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1682450422

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 797

A riveting, inspirational true story of an incredibly resilient woman who broke professional barriers as a Dutch banker, was the sole survivor of Vietnam Airlines Flight 474, found love after the loss of her fiance, and continues to raise her autistic son, never wavering in her optimism. On the morning of November 14, 1992, Annette Herfkens, a top Dutch banker (and one of the few female international bond traders on Wall Street), packed her luggage for a romantic getaway with her longtime fiance, Willem. At 6:25 that morning, Annette and Willem boarded the plane out of Ho Chi Minh City, with twenty-three other passengers and six crew members, excited to finally have a vacation together. Six minutes before landing, flying at speed of 300 miles per hour, the plane lost altitude and crashed along a mountain ridge in the jungle of Vietnam. At first Annette heard the voices of other passengers, but soon they went quiet. Annette was the only survivor. For eight days she lay injured and alone, with only rainwater to sustain her. Presumed dead, her obituary made it into local newspapers. What followed is an incredible story of survival, mystery, and the endurance of spirit. Even after surviving and learning to cope with her harrowing experience, Annette’s biggest life challenge began years later, when her son Maxi was diagnosed with autism. As she weathered the joys and challenges of raising Maxi, Annette often called upon the profound insights she learned during those eight days, viewing every turbulent event in her life with the unflinching optimism of a true survivor. This is an inspiring account of one woman’s journey and perseverance, as a plane-crash survivor and even more so as a devoted mother to her autistic son, but also of discovering strength and beauty in unexpected places.

The Greatest Survivor Stories Never Told

Author: Mara Bovsun,Allan Zullo

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 9780740727283

Category: Self-Help

Page: 213

View: 8845

Focusing on the grit and determination that makes survival under extreme circumstances possible, the authors collect amazing stories of survival from across the globe. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Hi, My Name Is John

My Story of Survival with Autism and Learning Disabilities

Author: John Malatesta

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1462888305

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 253

View: 4011

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The Gate Of Two Snakes

Author: L.H. May

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1491823399

Category: Fiction

Page: 346

View: 9428

The book is about Americans in love in Peru in 1973-74, when Watergate preoccupied everybody back home, when Allende had just been overthrown in Chile, and things weren't very stable around or between the characters. The title refers to their garden gate in Cuzco, which had a stone lintel with twin serpents. He took it as a propitious sign for renewal of their love, since the snake meant good luck and prosperity for the Incas. Of course in Eden it meant the opposite, an ambiguity he appreciated as he reported on the aftermath of the Allende coup and the return of Peron, whiile trying to make it as a foreign correpondent so he could be with Liz, a photographer based in Cuzco. Peru seemed stable by comparison to DC, an inversion of the usual political stability of North versus South America, but in impoverished Ayacucho Province a Maoist rebel group, Sendero Luminoso, had arisen and Liz had been taking photos there the summer before, creating problems with the government they didn't need in addition to personal concerns with free love and open marriage, black market and stolen art, so chaos inside their gate as well as outside.

The Lost Lady of the Amazon

The Story of Isabela Godin and Her Epic Journey

Author: Anthony Smith

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 9780786710485

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 197

View: 5115

Describes the epic odyssey of Isabela Godin des Odonais, an eighteenth-century aristocrat, who braved the perils of the Amazon to undertake a three-thousand-mile journey marked by hardship, starvation, danger, and death.

Discover the Amazon

The World's Largest Rainforest

Author: Lauri Berkenkamp

Publisher: Nomad Press

ISBN: 1936749297

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

View: 9860

From avoiding predators to navigating through the jungle without a compass, this innovative guide provides kids with the vital tools one would need if lost in the Amazon. Offering practical survival techniques based on real stories, children will learn lessons that can be adapted to almost any outdoor situation, such as making fire, deciphering animal tracks, and using the natural world for all to create necessary supplies. Opening with an informative section on the region and its people, this essential resource combines history and science in a fun and engaging way. Facts and sidebars on the local creatures and plants are interspersed along with 15 activities for the home or classroom—from making a fishing spear to determining how much water is needed to stay healthy.

The Cloud Garden

Author: Paul Winder,Tom Hart Dyke

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446421813

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 6620

The Darién Gap is a place of legend. The only break in the Pan-American highway, which runs from Alaska to the tip of South America, it is an almost impregnable strip of swamp, jungle and cloud forest between the vast landmasses of North and South America. Stories of abduction and murder there are rife and in recent years more people have successfully climbed Everest or trekked to the South Pole than have crossed the Darién Gap. In 2000, Tom Hart Dyke, a young botanist, set off to Central America with one thing on his mind: orchids. He knew that in order to find the rare and beautiful species he so fervently admired, he would have to visit some of the most inhospitable places on earth. Unbeknown to Tom, another young explorer, Paul Winder, was backpacking through the area at the same time. Though he sometimes worked freelance in the City of London, Paul was a fearless and intrepid traveller, happier scaling volcanoes than lounging on beaches. In every bar and café along his route, rumours abounded of the Darién Gap - and the more he heard, the greater became his desire to make the journey. Pure chance brought Paul and Tom together in northern Mexico; they formed an instant bond and their fate was sealed. Ignoring a final, succinct warning from the Lonely Planet guide - 'Don't even think about it!' - Tom and Paul set off into the Darién: Tom in search of orchids, Paul in search of adventure. They would find plenty of each. For six days they made good progress. Then, just hours away from Colombia, the dream ended and the horror began. Paul and Tom were ambushed by FARC guerrillas who were to hold them hostage for the next nine months. From that day on, their survival was a matter of extraordinary endurance, incredible ingenuity and not a little good luck ...