Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de Dios by Holly Conklin Fitzgerald

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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
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ISBN : 0525432779
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Donna rated it ★★★☆☆

September 29, 2017

This book is truly about a trip to hell, staying awhile and then getting back. This is a non-fiction story about a young couple getting lost on the Amazon, unable to get help. The story was suspenseful. I kept thinking, "What else could possible go wrong?" only to have that question answered in t...

Cindy rated it ★★★☆☆

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...

Caryn rated it ★★★☆☆

September 24, 2017

3.5 stars. A fascinating account of a couple on their honeymoon stranded in the South American jungle. Parts reminded me of Unbroken when they were stranded in the ocean. Thought it could have been a bit shorter, hence reason for lower rating. It's hard to read about their circumstances but it wa...

Alison rated it ★★★★★

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...

Clara rated it ★★★★★

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!

Renate rated it ★★★☆☆

January 21, 2018

3.5 stars The hell that adventure brings, yet which cannot quench the desire for more. Incredible story. How I long to know the names of the butterflies, trees, frogs, bees, plants and all other wildlife Holly and Fitz saw and experienced. Audio version is excellent.

Noorilhuda rated 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,...

Janilyn rated it ★★★★★

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,...

Stephanie rated it ★★★★☆

October 02, 2017

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was not good. I recommend this book if its a paperback! A privileged white woman and her husband think they can ride the Madre de Dios river 40 miles on a raft they built on their own...guess what happens? Maybe it was the narrator making Holly sound sh...

Catherine rated it ★★★☆☆

December 11, 2017

Another book full of reasons I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever explore the Amazon (or any of its tributaries): First of all, the river is called MOTHER OF GOD!!! Isn't that enough of a warning? In the early 1970s, a young American couple (a Vietnam vet turned writer and a therapist)...

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