Do 750 tons of Inca gold lay hidden in the misty mountains of Ecuador? Enter the mysterious realm of the Inca as Peter Lourie, author of The Mystery of the Maya, ventures to what seems like the top of the world, where he discovers there is more than gold hidden in the mountains. There is adventure--and history.
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Peter Lourie is the author of many Boyds Mills Press books including Lost Treasure of the Inca, The Mystery of the Maya, Mississippi River, Rio Grande, Amazon, Hudson River, Yukon River, Everglades, and Erie Canal. Peter lives with his family in Weybridge, Vermont.From Library Journal:
Grade 5-8-Lourie has taken his readers along on his water journeys up the Amazon, down the Hudson, along the Yukon and the Rio Grande, and through the Erie Canal and that "river of grass," the Everglades. Here, in a decided change, he relates how years ago he was infected with a serious case of gold fever. Lured by legends surrounding a portion of Atahualpa's ransom spirited away from the gold-greedy Spaniards, Lourie, in company with a local crew, entered the remote, rugged Llanganati Mountains of Peru-a craggy wilderness covered with thick cloud forest, quaking bogs, and treacherous fogs, where altitude sickness sapped his energy. Needless to say, the rumored 750 tons of worked gold still lies (if it truly exists) concealed in the Llanganatis. A revisit to the locale years later prompted this fascinating book, an Indiana Jones-mix of history, lost treasure, and visions of wealth. The readable text is accompanied by color photos on almost every page. Team this with Tim Wood's pictorial The Incas (Viking, 1996) and Johan Reinhard's remarkable Discovering the Inca Ice Maiden (National Geographic, 1998) for a marvelous look at a vanished civilization.
Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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