John Oehler Tepui: The Last Expedition

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Tepui: The Last Expedition

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WINNER OF FIRST PLACE in the prestigious Pacific NW Writers Association competition.  Tepui is an "intelligent, cutting edge" tale of adventure, intrigue, and forbidden love.

In 1559, forty-nine Spaniards exploring a tributary of the Orinoco River reached a sheer-sided, cloud-capped mountain called Tepui Zupay. When they tried to climb it, all but six were slaughtered by Amazons. Or so claimed Friar Sylvestre, the expedition's chronicler. But Sylvestre made many bizarre claims: rivers of blood, plants that lead to gold ...

Jerry Pace, a burn-scarred botanist struggling for tenure at UCLA, thinks the friar was delusional. Jerry's best friend, the historian who just acquired Sylvestre's journal, disagrees. He plans to retrace the expedition's footsteps, and wants Jerry to come with him. Jerry refuses, until he spots a stain between the journal's pages--a stain that could only have been left by a plant that died out with the dinosaurs. Now he has to find that plant.

But the Venezuelan wilderness does not forgive intruders. Battered and broken, they reach a remote Catholic orphanage where the old prioress warns of death awaiting any who would venture farther. But an exotic Indian girl leads them on, through piranha-infested rivers and jungles teaming with poisonous plants, to Tepui Zupay--the forbidden mountain no outsider has set eyes on since the Spaniards met their doom.

This is a story about life's surprises--the challenges, risks--and how they transform us. It is also a tale of Beauty and the Beast.

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John Oehler is a multiple award-winning author of thriller/suspense novels. He has worked in dozens of countries and lived in places as diverse as Nepal, Australia, and Somalia. He combines those experiences with his love of history and his background in the natural sciences to create stories that leave readers asking, "Could this really happen?" He lives in Houston with his wife, Dorothy, a member of the Mars Science Team acquiring and analyzing data from NASA's Curiosity rover. John's previous two novels, APHRODESIA and PAPYRUS, have been bestsellers. For more information go to johnoehler.com, where you will also find excerpts of all his novels, as well as photographs and behind-the-scenes descriptions of what goes into his stories.

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"For sheer brilliance of ideas, John Oehler stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Dan Brown. Oehler's writing is powerful.... Look no further than TEPUI for a riveting page-turner." -- Chris Rogers, bestselling author

"The characters are compelling, the plot engaging, and the historic and scientific details are fascinating, without being overbearing. The story drew me in from the very first paragraph." -- Robert Vaughan, bestselling author and Writers Hall of Fame Inductee

"TEPUI is an action-packed, intelligent, and cutting edge story. I loved it." -- Robyn Conley-Weaver, bestselling author

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