by Douglas Preston
This non fiction account of the discovery and beginning of the exploration of “The White City” in Honduras was fascinating. Thought to be a myth, new Lidar technology allows a team to locate and begin to map the ruins of a lost civilization. According to legend, anyone who disturbs the ruins will be cursed, and the team does in fact contract a rare tropical disease. The author speculates about the rise and fall of the civilization, and the possible ways that disease brought by foreign explorers likely caused their tragic end.