Roosevelt's Beast

Roosevelt's Beast

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by Louis Bayard, John Pruden
     
 

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1914. Brazil’s Rio da Duvida, the River of Doubt. Plagued by hunger and suffering the lingering effects of malaria, Theodore Roosevelt, his son Kermit, and the other members of the now-ravaged Roosevelt-Rondon scientific expedition are traveling deeper and deeper into the jungle. When Kermit and Teddy are kidnapped by a never-before-seen Amazonian tribe, the

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1914. Brazil’s Rio da Duvida, the River of Doubt. Plagued by hunger and suffering the lingering effects of malaria, Theodore Roosevelt, his son Kermit, and the other members of the now-ravaged Roosevelt-Rondon scientific expedition are traveling deeper and deeper into the jungle. When Kermit and Teddy are kidnapped by a never-before-seen Amazonian tribe, the great hunters are asked one thing in exchange for their freedom: find and kill a beast that leaves no tracks and that no member of the tribe has ever seen. But what are the origins of this beast, and how do they escape its brutal wrath?

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“Bayard has written a riveting thriller and psychological study wrapped around historical events and people and gives the reader a real existential puzzle to put together.” - Booklist

"An edge-of-your-seat thriller with all the twists and turns of an unexplored river, Roosevelt’s Beast is also something greater: a triumphant proof that the truths of art can surpass those of history." - Kermit Roosevelt III, great-great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, and author of In the Shadow of the

"Louis Bayard's gift is to seamlessly merge careful research with the fantastic, the horrible, the sublime, and the universal. Roosevelt’s Beast is an adventure story in the grand style, from a time when the rivers of the Amazon jungle were as unmapped as the depravity of the human heart - had Kipling ever turned his mind to the horror genre beyond short stories, this gripping novel might have been the result." - Lyndsay Faye, author of The Gods of Gotham

“For the past decade or so Louis Bayard has been taking the subjects of ‘genre fiction’ - from Gothic murder to jungle adventure - and rejuvenating them with all the skills of a literary novelist. Roosevelt’s Beast combines dizzying narrative energy with real psychological subtlety and stylistic elegance. It’s an immensely satisfying book.” - Thomas Mallon, author of Henry and Clara and Watergate: A Novel

“Louis Bayard’s imagination is as wild, uncharted, and magnificent as the Amazon, and his tale is as lush as a rainforest. I loved Roosevelt’s Beast and was under its spell from Bayard’s wondrous – and haunting - first sentence.” - Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls

Library Journal - Audio
10/01/2014
Bayard's (The School of Night) enigmatic story fictionalizes the 1914 Roosevelt-Rondon expedition to explore the Rio da Dúvida. The expedition has been arduous; Teddy Roosevelt and Kermit, his twentysomething son, are struggling with short rations, malaria, reluctant porters, and a rugged, unforgiving terrain. They become separated from the expedition and encounter the Cinta Larga, a largely unknown Amazonian tribe. Through a female translator, Luz, the sole survivor of a missionary group, the tribe insists the men kill a "beast" that has been terrorizing tribe members. If they do this, they will be allowed to leave. Dark malarial dreams plague Kermit, giving the remaining novel a strange, eerie feeling. The lines between reality and the phantasmagoric become blurred. John Pruden's narration handles the multiple voices, multiple languages, creepy atmosphere, and animal sounds with ease, immersing the listener in this fantastic tale. VERDICT Recommended for lovers of historic fiction with a touch of the macabre. ["Bayard describes this skillfully crafted novel as 'a psychological fantasy built out of historical events.' His nightmarish tale, reminiscent of Scott Smith's The Ruins, will appeal to fans of Dean Koontz and all those who like their adventure tinged with horror," read the review of the Holt hc, LJ 12/13.]—David Faucheux, Lafayette, LA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781629234441
Publisher:
Dreamscape Media
Publication date:
03/18/2014
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Louis Bayard is the author of the critically acclaimed The School of Night and The Black Tower, the national bestseller The Pale Blue Eye, and Mr. Timothy, a New York Times Notable Book. He has written for Salon, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He lives in Washington, D.C.

John Pruden started voice work as a Master of Ceremonies while stationed in the military. He has also done production and commercials for radio stations, done voiceovers for commercials, PSAs, Indie films, and documentaries, character acting and voices for video games and radio dramas, as well as narrating corporate and online training videos, and audiobooks.

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Roosevelt's Beast: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Stardust_Fiddle More than 1 year ago
Offering an intriguing twist to the history of the 1914 Roosevelt-Rondon expedition to Brazil’s Rio da Duvida, “Roosevelt’s Beast” by Louis Bayard presents a disturbing story that is rich in atmospheric suspense. It is, in Bayard’s own words, “a psychological fantasy built out of historic events,” and the very setting—the River of Doubt—lends itself to the mythological feel of the work. While featuring the inimitable Theodore Roosevelt, the story’s main protagonist is his solemn and somewhat beleaguered son, Kermit Roosevelt, who has always traveled in his father’s authoritative shadow. When father and son embark on a late-night hunting foray, they are captured by a primitive tribe and saved from serious harm only to be exploited as hunters. Their quarry is a mysterious beast that leaves no tracks and eviscerates its prey. So begins a harrowing forty-eight hours, in which skeletons in the family closet come to light and the men come face-to-face with their greatest fears. “Roosevelt’s Beast” is a fascinating literary triumph in the vein of “Heart of Darkness,” combining jungle adventure with the climactic suspense of old. Although there are some more graphic descriptions, the novel overall relies on ethereal suspense and trepidation, and it has the feel of an old-fashioned thriller, thankfully devoid of sexuality and unnecessary violence. Due to its setting, the dialogue is peppered with Portuguese, and while the phrases employed are translated or given enough context for understanding, anyone with knowledge of Spanish or similar languages will not need translations. The story itself unfolds as a flashback, and within that the mise en abyme technique comes into play because there are also flashbacks within the main narrative thread.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
starts out a little slow, but i could not put it down until i finished the last 100 pages. Did not disapoint !