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

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

Holly FitzGerald

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. . . .

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. . . .
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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. . . .

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jorjeana Marie

Length:

9h 57m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:22


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:34


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:17


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:01


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:12


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:57


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:40


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:46


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:29


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:45


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:12


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:05


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:31


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:23


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:06


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:33


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:14


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:34


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:16


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:26


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:36


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:22


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:57


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:10


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:37


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:59


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:06


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:15


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:53


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:31


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:47


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:20


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:19


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:47


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:41


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:16


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:11


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:29


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:40


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:34


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:33


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:32


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:48


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:57


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:27


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:35


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:47


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:44


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:46


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:16


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:11


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:25


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:30


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:39


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:23


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:41


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:58


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:36


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:21


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

00:36