Biologist Dr David Knight is a lucky man. He has been granted special permission to survey Xulakan – the forbidden island of the Mayan people.
At the volcanic island’s birth in the Gulf of Mexico, it rose from the sea looking like a smoking pyramid, almost as if it were a fiery, holy temple. Mayan high priests immediately declared Xulakan to be sacred ground, so it was never inhabited and visited by the ancient people.
But now legend and fear have kept it strictly off limits for centuries. When Dr Knight arrives, he senses eyes watching him — human eyes — and he is about to discover a world of lethal secrets. Soon, he begins to realise that this time, he might not live to tell the tale…
Finding himself the captive of a mysterious, Crusoe-like man, Dr Knight begins to uncover a viper’s nest of secrets and lies, while he confronts the basics of survival in a hostile world. And it turns out there is nothing more hostile than a ‘civilized’ world built on corruption and greed…
The hunt for the journal that reveals the truth forces its possessor to go on the run. He runs and runs, until he finally arrives at Xulakan. Will the island of Xulakan keep hold of its terrible secret? Or can Dr Knight escape with his life intact?
Drawing in pasts woven through Afghanistan, the opium trade, and a ruthless government intelligence agent – the Viper, this is a edge-of-your-seat thriller that will have your gripped until the final page.
Rich Johnson is one of America’s best-known experts on wilderness survival and sailing. After serving in Special Forces, he developed survival skills further while living off the land for a year in wilds of Utah with his wife Becky and two young children. Rich is the author of The Ultimate Survival Manual, as well as Rich Johnson’s Guide to Wilderness Survival and Rich Johnson’s Guide to Trailer Boat Sailing. He has written another thriller, Deadly Cargo. He was also a regular columnist for Outdoor Life magazine and has published hundreds of articles on outdoor subjects.