Jacket illustration by Val Biro


©Nigel Tranter
Published by Ward Lock and Co. 1955
The action of this book is set in modern times

The text of this synopsis is taken from the bookjacket.

The Rio D'Oro, The River of Gold, might well have had its name changed to Rio De Muerte, Rive of Death. Lost amongst the illimitable and unknown vastness of Trans-Andean Peru, it was, and is, productive of vastly more of death than of gold.

So Rob Ramage, on a special mission for at the London Daily News, discovered to his cost when, on the trail of a story about illicit Inca treasure hunting he became involved in as grim and evil a venture as even that terrible country has known in its long history of a savagery and inhumanity

This is the story of an explorer and an archeologist gone wrong, and the quest for the lost mines of Rio D'Oro; of Ramage, cheated out of one story and a determined to follow another, if need be, to the furthest rim of the Green Hell itself.

And of Juanita, who knew so much better, and yet followed him there. And of young Tranquillo, who tended to belie his name.

Here is an exciting and indeed hair-raising successor to 'There Are Worse Jungles '.