Here’s the first rough draft of what I want the back cover of my upcoming book, El Dorado: The Untold Story, to read like.
Sir Walter Raleigh- a man who left his footprints on the immortal pages of history, but was labelled a traitor and executed. Hundreds of years later, a woman dares to follow the path he took…to what end? To achieve the impossible- finding the fabled golden city of El Dorado.
But will the destination be worth the journey? Or will she end up like him, wronged and grieving?
There are some scores that you have to settle yourself. One fateful encounter threw archaeologist Sarah Cimorelli and the enigmatic David Walter-Leigh onto the path of discovering one of mankind’s most significant treasures. But as they travel across the globe to the untamed and unexplored rainforests of South America, unseen threats shadow them, waiting for the perfect opportunity to pounce. From the busy streets of London to the ethereal beauty of Colombia’s rugged landscapes, follow Sarah on a journey through the world’s most difficult terrains to rewrite history and find the ultimate prize- El Dorado.
Behind the scenes (or rather, pages)-
EL DORADO: THE UNTOLD STORY is not entirely fiction. True, the main characters are fictitious, but most of it is based on history. Sir Walter Raleigh…Ah, what can I say about him? He was an excellent explorer, a wondrous writer and one of the most hardcore patriots I have ever seen. People say he was a traitor, but I believe otherwise. Political drama during his time (16th- 17th CE) was quite a complicated matter. This book is the result of years of hard work and research. This book is dedicated to him, the man who was not afraid of believing.
As for El Dorado, it is a very popular subject. Still, if by chance you are unaware of it, here’s a brief description. El Dorado is generally referred to as a city, even though it means ‘the golden one’ in Spanish. The origin of the name can be traced back to the pre-Columbian era. In ancient Colombia, a tribe named Muisca used to inhabit the areas surrounding the present-day capital city of Bogota. These Indians were quite famous because of their extravagant traditions involving gold. One particular tradition involved their chieftain covering himself with gold dust and then bathing in the infamous Lake Guatavita, while the tribespeople cheered and threw ‘trinkets’ made of gold and emeralds into the water.
No wonder the greedy conquistadors who swarmed into Latin America with the advent of the Spanish Conquest spent all their energies hunting the gold. Although many people believe that the Muisca invented the existence of a fabulous city made entirely of gold to throw the Spaniards off their backs, I think something must have inspired it. There could be some truth in the statement. That and the unfair treatment of Sir Walter Raleigh inspired me to pen this book. Reading it will not only take the reader on journey across four different countries, but will also promote the significance of our past in the shaping of our present. Through the characters, I have tried to include thrill and mystery along with postulating the possible location of El Dorado based on actual facts and surveys.
After it is released, I hope every reader finds something in it that touches his/her heart and changes their perception that only famous civilizations such as Egypt and the Maya are worth talking about. Pyramids, you’ll see, aren’t everything.
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