River of Darkness

Francisco Orellana's Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon
CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: DD36466
Released: Dec 22, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781977300591
Narrator/s: Jonathan Davis
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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From the acclaimed author of Conquistador comes this thrilling account of one of history's greatest adventures of discovery. With cinematic immediacy and meticulous attention to historical detail, here is the true story of a legendary 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 set off from Quito in search of La Canela, South America's rumored Land of Cinnamon, and the fabled El Dorado, "the golden man." Driving an enormous retinue of mercenaries, enslaved natives, horses, hunting dogs, and other animals across the Andes, they watched their proud expedition begin to disintegrate even before they descended into the nightmarish jungle, following the course of a powerful river. Soon hopelessly lost in the swampy labyrinth, their numbers diminishing daily through disease, starvation, and Indian attacks, Pizarro and Orellana made a fateful decision to separate. While Pizarro eventually returned home barefoot and in rags, Orellana and fifty-seven men, in a few fragile craft, continued downriver into the unknown reaches of the mighty Amazon, serenaded by native war drums and the eerie cries of exotic predators. Theirs would be the greater glory.

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Author(s): Buddy Levy
Narrator(s): Jonathan Davis
Product Number Z100131295
Released: Dec 22, 2017
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Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781977320599
Author(s): Buddy Levy
Genre: History
Product Number EB00150008
Released: Dec 27, 2013
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