Expeditions: Gold, Shamans and Green Fire

Expeditions: Gold, Shamans and Green Fire

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by Lee Elders
     
 

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Journey from the banks of a prolific gold bearing river named Hell to a century-old, last will and testament whose riddle led the Catholic Church and British and Colombian explorers to an uncharted area of Ecuador in a futile search for high-grade emeralds. EXPEDITIONS propels you on a thrilling journey into Lee Elders' search for this treasure and the world of the

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Journey from the banks of a prolific gold bearing river named Hell to a century-old, last will and testament whose riddle led the Catholic Church and British and Colombian explorers to an uncharted area of Ecuador in a futile search for high-grade emeralds. EXPEDITIONS propels you on a thrilling journey into Lee Elders' search for this treasure and the world of the Untsuri Shuara, the headhunters of the Western Amazon.

In the mid-sixties, the adventure of discovery was the enticement that drew Lee to this wild lawless land; the super natural world of the Shuara that live in a mystical realm of ayahuasca-induced visions where the ethereal world is encased within our third dimensional reality.

Lee's search for the Green Fire spanned years that were filled with insurmountable odds. Unpredictable weather, raging rivers, precarious jungle trails and dangerous predators proved formidable opponents, but those and other perilous obstacles didn't deter him.

However strange or incredible some of the incidents may seem this is a true story.

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Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-07
EXPEDITIONS: GOLD, SHAMANS, AND GREEN FIREElders, Lee A mortgage banker from Arizona gives it all up to search for treasure in the jungles of Ecuador. In the late 1960s, when the buttoned-down banking world ceased to capture his imagination, Lee Elders set out looking for adventure. He ended up leading a prospecting expedition into the jungles of Ecuador. Although that expedition ended with his return to the States without the riches he'd hoped, Elders' career as a modern day explorer was only just beginning. Back in Arizona, he received a letter from Adriano Vintimilla, his partner and friend who had served as translator on the prospecting trip, which suggested Elders return to pursue a new opportunity. Upon Elders' arrival, Vintimilla described his new insight into a longstanding mystery: the last will and testament of Raphael Bollanos Mejia, a Colombian who worked for a quinine harvesting company, used veiled hints and clues to describe the location of a fabulous trove of emeralds, hidden deep in the jungle. These hints had beguiled treasure hunters for decades, but after comparing Mejia's clues to an old Army map, Vintimilla thought he had a general idea as to where the emeralds might be. Elders and his friend began a long, dangerous search for his treasure, and, more importantly to Elders, adventure. Elders story is a fascinating one, and he tells it well. His prose is immersive, and he peppers the narrative with details of everyday life in Ecuador, including the lives of the native people who still live in the jungle. Raised on an Apache reservation, Elders treats these people with immense reverence and admiration for their lifestyle and beliefs. He is especially respectful of the spiritual world inhabited by the Shuara, who served as his guides as he moved closer and closer to his goal. Throughout, Elders is careful to highlight the differences between his quest for adventure, and others greedy search only for riches, which often leads them to exploit the land and its people. A fascinating and well-told tale of adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780988950405
Publisher:
Wakani North LLC
Publication date:
11/15/2013
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
897,006
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

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Expeditions: Gold, Shamans and Green Fire 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DevraJ More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading Lee's new book, 'Expeditions', which simply overflows with non-stop adventure wrapped in breath-taking moments. It is so excellently written - especially with the important details of emotion - that it seems to pull the reader right in to the adventure and 'YOU' are there! A couple of times I actually had to remind myself not to hold my breath as that it was okay to exhale. However I think that it could truly be said that "Expedition" takes you on wonderful adventure where the reader experiences the danger that was as close as one breath, lurking all around. My enthusiastic good wishes and congratulations! I highly recommend this to everyone. Devra
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is amazing. It was better than Indiana Jones because this guy is real. I got so many visuals from this book, it was like I was in the story. A true sign of greatness is that I could barely put the book down--I never do that with books. When I couldn't read it, I was always left wondering in the back of my mind about what would happen next. Hell of a read.