Roosevelt's Beast

Roosevelt's Beast

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by Louis Bayard, John Pruden

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A reimagining of Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt's ill-fated 1914 Amazon expedition.See more details below


A reimagining of Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt's ill-fated 1914 Amazon expedition.

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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
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

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