The Fort Bend County Libraries Virtual Book Club – FBCL Reads – will meet online Wednesday, June 22 beginning at 10:00 a.m. The book that will be discussed is The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story, written by Douglas Preston.

FBCL Reads book club meetings will be streamed live via Webex so readers can participate virtually and interact with others in real time. The book club will meet online on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

In The Lost City of the Monkey God, acclaimed journalist Douglas Preston takes readers on a true adventure deep in the Honduran rainforest with a gripping tale of the discovery of a lost civilization, culminating in a stunning medical mystery.

Since the days of the conquistadors, rumors have circulated of a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the interior of Honduras. The native tribes warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the lost city of the monkey god – but then killed himself without revealing its location.

In 2012, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a new quest using cutting-edge technology. Flying over an unexplored valley surrounded by rugged mountains, they discovered tantalizing evidence of an undiscovered lost civilization.

Venturing into this treacherous but breathtakingly beautiful wilderness to confirm the find, Preston and the team battled torrential rains, living mud, disease-carrying insects, jaguars and deadly snakes. . It wasn’t until they returned, however, that Preston and others discovered that they had contracted a horrific, sometimes fatal (and incurable) disease in the ruins.

Suspensive and shocking, filled with colorful history, jaw-dropping adventures and dramatic twists, this New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller is a true eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the 21st century.

This selection of books is available in print, audio, and digital form as an e-book and e-audio book through the SPFL’s e-Library OverDrive collection. Additional printed copies are available from the George Memorial Library in Richmond.

The book club is free and open to the public. Registration is mandatory; a link to the Webex conference call will be emailed to everyone who registers. To register online at the library website (, click on “Classes & Events”, select “Virtual Programs” and find the program for the date listed. Participants can also register by calling the George Memorial Library (281-342-4455).


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