Read Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de Dios Online Free - A stunning debut; a Departures original publication. The ultimate survival story; a wild ride--the wildest--down a South American river in the thick of the Amazon Basin; a true and thrilling adventure of a young married couple who survive a plane crash only to later raft hundreds of miles across Peru and Bolivia, ending up in a channel to nowhere, a dead end so flooded there is literally no land to stand on. Their raft--a mere four logs--separates them from the piranha-and-caiman-infested water until they finally realize that there is no way out but to swim. Vintage Original.
Holly FitzGerald and her husband, Fitz--married less than two years--set out on a yearlong honeymoon adventure of a lifetime, backpacking around the world. Five months into the trip their plane crash lands in Peru at a penal colony walled in by jungle, and their blissfully romantic journey turns into a terrifying nonstop labyrinth of escape and survival.
On a small, soon-ravaged raft that quickly becomes their entire universe through dangerous waters alive with deadly animals and fish, their only choice: to continue on, despite the rush of insects swarming them by day, the sounds of encroaching predators at night. Without food or means of communication, with no one to hear their cries for help or on a search-and-rescue expedition to find them, the author and her husband make their way, fighting to conquer starvation and navigate the brute force of the river, their only hope for survival, in spite of hunger and weakening resolve, to somehow, miraculously hang on and find their way east to a large riverside town, before it is too late. . . .
|Title||:||Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de Dios|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
March 11, 2017
This was quite a harrowing adventure that this couple took after their wedding. Holly and Fritz were going to travel the world for a year and while in Peru and just 5 months into their travels, they take a small plane from one jungle town in Peru to another in Bolivia both of which run along the...
August 10, 2017
Goodness. I struggled with the rating on this one. Going with a 2.5 rounded up to a three. These folks ended up floating / drifting down a South American river on a precarious raft with very little in the way of supplies. Their situation was the result of a cluster of bad decisions fueled by the...
June 03, 2017
I started this one afternoon and kept reading pretty much straight thru to the end with occasional pauses, many of them to get food (a comment you will understand if you read the book). This is an amazing story of adventure, youthful foolishness, and luck (both good and bad). Try it!
May 10, 2017
It’s hard to tell how much dramatic license has been taken in this well-done nail-biting trip-in-hell that’s incredibly a true story - a newlywed couple have the astoundingly dumb idea to go ‘sailing’ in the Amazon to move from point A to B, when they have zero experience of rafts, place, river,...
May 17, 2017
Ruthless River is a story of a couple's survival in the South American jungle after naively believing they could placidly float down the river to the next location. They might have been that lucky too, if a storm hadn't veered them off the main river. What followed was survival due to sheer grit,...
August 03, 2017
While the story itself was a compelling and epic adventure, I found some of the writing irritating. There were constant descriptions and mentioning of hair, her's and his, the color of eyes and references to divine intervention that I found to be unnecessary to the narrative. While I did enjoy mo...
June 16, 2017
This book was extremely engaging. I found myself on days when I was the passenger in the business vehicle with no air, relating to the author about the sticky never-ending heat and appreciating all the food I was eating like it was a delicacy. My mind stayed on that brown river and swamp even whe...
July 26, 2017
This survival story read like a raft barreling down class 5 rapids but I still have a tough time believing writers who can remember everything that was said word for word, and details of everything that was done 45 years ago.
July 12, 2017
I couldn't put the book down. Having been to the Amazon, the descriptions of the river were so vivid you felt like you were on the river with Holly and Fitz. It's hard to believe Holly wrote this over forty years after the adventure. Well done.
June 24, 2017
Incredible survival story! I guess most survival stories are, though... LOL. I can't believe it took Holly Fitzgerald this long to write their story. WOW!! Ruthless River terrifying, totally engrossing and so well written... Read it!!