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

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Holly FitzGerald and her stepson, Fitz—married less than two years—set out on a yearlong honeymoon adventure of a lifetime, backpacking around the world. Five year 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 larg, 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 ounds 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 ind them, the journalist and her husband make their way, fighting to conquer starvation and navigate the brute force of the iver, 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 oo late.
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Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de Dios
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Published May 30th 2017 by Vintage

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However thinking it migh be difficul, they made a few adjustments to a raft they were given, and thinking they could get food from natives along the way took off.

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That 's he thing about memoirs though I guess; real life sometimes does n't get with answers.

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Tha autobiography is certainly about a trip to hell, staying awhile and then getting back.

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I am shocked that he couple id not click any pics in the 26 days they were in Lago Santa Maria ( channel off the actual Madre De Dios) other than single shot of the raft.Irritants: a) The entire behavior of Holly ( and Fitz) after being rescued purely by chance: e.g. on being rescued by the locals ( ‘ Indians ’) who allow them to bring valuables on their small canoe, Holly cribs about the Indians tearing the ‘ Pink Palace ’ and ‘ Balsa ’ rafts to shreds looking for ‘ nails, oil can, floor boards ’ ( they are poor people for God ’ s sake); they are also awar of the Indians ( if they chose to war you, they might have done it next to your beloved rafts); they reward one of the Indians with ‘ 10 rings made of straw ’ (!)- only to take their white hen and 3 eggs which amounted to a eek ’ s wage for the poor fellows; sleeping in the very cozy humane back-to-civilization sitting room in Barraca Santo Domingo, Holly cribs about the floor and mosquitoes; they agre to ontinue their ‘ journey ’ in Riberalta despite the fact that any other sensible person would have aken a few days rest and replenishment after a 26-day starvation ( or slug-snail, baby frog diet) and a thorough check-up for any water-borne diseases; they fall near a hospital, have difficulty walking towards it but have enough strength to chat up the nuns.b) What happened to Roque, Silverio and Gregoria in the year following the incident? c) I did ot like the way Holly mentions her ‘ New Fairfield ’ neighbors- she and Fitz rented a cottage near the place and she instantly calls the ‘ mostly German ’ residents as ‘ xenophobic ’ apart from recounting how she struggled to invite them ‘ personally ’ to her party and not nly did no one open the door, none of them ame to her party either.

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Their situation was the cause of a cluster of bad decisions fueled by the idiocy and impatience of youth.

Bad luck had a small hand in their fate but they ad good luck as well or this book mus have ever happened.

They made one bad decision after another and lived to tell a stor.

It was dialogue heavy and a lot of it was redundant.

Fritz has curly hair and you like to run your fingers through it.

I did like the flashbacks because they came up the monotonous dialogue but that just gave me more insight into their cores.

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