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Island of Secrets (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Power , The Atavist

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If geologist, adventurer and risk-prone eccentric John Lane can prove the existence of the elusive tree kangaroo on the remote Pacific island of New Britain, he just might be able to save one of the last truly wild endangered forests on earth. But first he and his ragtag expedition party—college students, adventure-seeking biologists, disinterested local teenagers—will have to find the rare animal. Award-winning writer Matthew Power plunges into one of the world’s most foreboding jungles alongside Lane. It is a quest that’s equal parts noble, dangerous and wacky, in a place that’s truly off the map.

"In this wonderful piece of modern reportage, tree kangaroos, 'wicked' self-inflicted machete wounds, shot-down WW II pilots, conservation, and eyeball-sucking leeches all converge in one beautiful, terrifying, largely unexplored place. That it took Matthew Power—one of our most hilariously indomitable travel writers—to bring back this story will surprise no one." —Tom Bissell, author of "Extra Lives" and "Chasing the Sea"

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 128 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Publisher: The Atavist (Nov. 2 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062WBE5K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #454,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad wild Nov. 21 2011
By Jonathan Mooallem - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Island of Secrets is a gripping adventure story about the hunt for an elusive, Gremlin-like species of tiny kangaroo in what has to be one of the least hospitable and yuckiest places on Earth. There man-eating crocodiles and eye-sucking leeches. Slapdash minor surgeries are performed (probably not-so-hygenically) on ripped-open legs, and everyone on the trip seems to develop at least one kind of fantastic rash. It's thrilling, and also unimaginably odd, and Matthew Power captures it all beautifully. But in Power's hands, the story becomes not just about this search for a wild animal in one of the last wild places on Earth, but about a quieter, more complicated wildness: whatever it is inside John Lane -- the reckless, sometimes hilarious environmentalist leading the quest -- that compels him to keep looking.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Herzog film in prose Nov. 18 2011
By hedtk - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Matthew Power travels where most writers fear to tread. In this beautifully written chronicle he goes to the island of New Britain, near Papua New Guinea, searching for a rare tree kangaroo. Beware of resentful spoiler reviews and let Power immerse you in the High Herzogian dreamworld of the Nakanai Mountains.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Nov. 8 2013
By Kathryn Brown - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story of a journey into remote Papua New Guinea looking for the elusive tree kangaroo with an adventurous scientist and explorer
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, informative, worthwhile... Jan. 5 2013
By windy old salt - Published on
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Read and feels like any well written article in a magazine such as SMITHSONIAN, NEW YORKER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC,
etc.: engaging, informative, well paced. Photos would have made it an even better piece.
1.0 out of 5 stars All Journey, No Destination Nov. 10 2011
By Dr. Bojan Tunguz - Published on
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***** Spoiler Alert: The Ending Revealed *****

Papua New Guinea is one of the most remote and unexplored parts of the world. However, its primordial jungles and other unspoiled environments are rapidly becoming a victim of development and cash-crop farming. In the "Island of Secrets" Matthew Power takes us on a journey to the New Britain, and island off the coast of Papua New Guinea, in search of one of the most exotic and endangered species: tree kangaroo. The motivation for this expedition is the desire to increase the environmental protection of New Britain by highlighting some of its most colorful and iconic animal residents.

As an environmentalist call-to-arms this short Kindle single is pretty well done. It brings attention to a much-neglected part of the natural world that is in danger of disappearing forever. The single has some passing resemblance with Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional "The Lost World", especially in the description of the jungle around the caldera lake. However, as a travel piece it leaves a lot to be desired. The theme of struggling with the inconveniences of living in a small camp on a remote tropical island has been exploited ad nauseam in travel literature, not to mention the "Survivor" where we get to see such adventures on an almost daily basis. I was really hoping that this short single would have offered much more in this department. When the expedition fails to spot even a single tree kangaroo, I felt like scratching my head in disbelief. The writing, as well as the interesting tidbits of information about the New Britain, are all very well done. Nonetheless, I had expected a bit more of substance and was ultimately disappointed with this Kindle single. In hindsight I probably wouldn't have purchased it.

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