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In the early 18th Century a group of scientists set off from France to discover the unknown land of South America in a trip that nearly ended in disaster. Scaling the 16,000 foot Peruvian Andes, the scientists faced the depravations and dangers of the rain forest wild cats, insects and vampire bats and barely ended the mission. Some went mad, others succumbed to smallpox, one was stoned to death by locals and another was killed in a bullfight. The youngest, Jean Godin, fell in love and married beautiful local girl Isabel Grameson. earing the end of the expedition, Godin headed out alone to ensure the passage back was safe to take his family home to France. Disaster struck as Spain and Portugal closed their territorial borders to the French and Godin found himself stranded in French Guyana, unable to return to Isabel. hat followed was an extraordinary and heart rending 20 year separation that culminated with Isabel, determined to be reunited with the man she loved, setting out to find him. Thirty others set out with her and 10 horrific weeks later Isabel emerged from the Amazonian wilderness naked, alone and near starvation. The story of her journey and survival held 18th centur
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A remarkable 18th-century adventure - a true story of love, murder and survival...

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Robert Whitaker is a science journalist and the author, most recently, of the much-acclaimed Mad in America. He has won the George Polk Award for Medical Writing and a National Association of Science Writers' Award for best magazine article. He was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, considered US journalism's top prize. Robert Whitaker's long fascination with South America began in the late 1970s, when he built and lived in a bamboo hut on the Ecuadorian coast. He now lives and writes in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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