On February 13, 2003, a plane carrying three American military
contractors crash-landed in the jungle-covered mountains of
Colombia. Within minutes, FARC guerrillas swarmed the wreckage and
killed the American pilot and a Colombian crew member, then marched
the survivors--Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell, and Thomas Howes--at
gunpoint into the rain forest. The Colombian government sent 147
soldiers to rescue the Americans. The troops spent weeks subsisting
on monkey meat and Amazon rodents as they chased the guerrillas
deeper into the jungle. But then a soldier on a bathroom break
stuck his machete into the ground and pulled out 20 million
pesos--part of a buried rebel cache of $20 million--and the game
Veteran journalist John Otis places the Colombian hostage story
in its full context, exploring the inner workings of the FARC, the
U.S.-backed war on drugs, and Colombia's efforts to free the
rebel-held prisoners. Law of the Jungle is an edge-of-your-seat
adventure and a shocking cautionary tale about the pursuit of
fortune in one of the world's most dangerous places.
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