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©Nigel Tranter
Published by Ward Lock , 1956

The text of this synopsis is taken from the bookjacket.

Men had died a hundred different deaths trying to build a railway to link the priceless rubber of the Bolivian forests with the navigable waters of the Amazon. And still they had not succeeded.

Then Andrew Cameron, engineer, came to Amazonia. But his crusading spirit was short-lived in the face of the methods that had to be used to keep the deathless struggle going.

Whether his duty to the railroad company was greater than his allegiance to the lovely Claire Marshall whose appeal for help was so urgent, was the question that only Andrew could answer.

How he came to terms with the choking, killing Jungle, the ruthless railway-builders, and his own conscience, is here told in a swift and terrible story of adventure, leavened with romance both lively and tender.