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Roosevelt's Beast
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Roosevelt's Beast

1914. Brazil's Rio da Duvida, 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?

1914. Brazil's Rio da Duvida, 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?

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  • Louis Bayard is the author of the critically acclaimed The School of Night and The Black Tower, the national bestseller The Pale Blue Eye, and Mr. Timothy, a New York Times Notable Book. He has written for Salon, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Start with a fantastic true story, in this case, an expedition to some remote corner of the planet. Then, when reality veers right, jog to the left and add a beast--a terror that brings another dimension to an already harrowing adventure. Combine all this with an experienced narrator, and you have the framework for this thrilling audiobook. Based on the true adventure of Teddy Roosevelt and his son Kermit and their descent of the unexplored River of Doubt in Brazil, the jog into horror fiction quickly pits the characters against an unknown beast that is terrorizing a remote Indian tribe. John Pruden's narration complements the multiple voices, dual gender depictions, multiple languages, creepy atmosphere, and animal sounds with ease, immersing the listener in this fantastic tale. M.L.R. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 20, 2014
    Teddy Roosevelt’s calamitous 1914 Amazon expedition with his son Kermit provides the background for this richly atmospheric novel from Edgar-finalist Bayard (The School of Night). The prologue, set in 1943 Alaska, makes plain the toll taken on Kermit, who, even years later, hallucinates that he sees skin and flesh peel off a friend’s skull. The main narrative chronicles the circumstances leading up to Kermit’s mental deterioration, as the difficult conditions of their trek to map the course of the so-called River of Doubt prove too much for Teddy. Kermit had just become engaged, and was successfully involved with developing the Brazil Railway Company when he was roped into joining the expedition. The ordinary rigors of travel through the rain forest pale in comparison with the danger posed by a legendary beast that disembowels its prey and that the locals believe to be connected with the North Americans. The predictable resolution makes this less successful than Bayard’s more complex intellectual thrillers. Agent: Christopher Schelling, Selectric Artists.

  • Booklist "Bayard has written a riveting thriller and psychological study wrapped around historical events and people and gives the reader a real existential puzzle to put together."
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