If you went off for an 8 day trip down the Amazon with 4 other guys, bringing only these untested items:*clothing*film and camera*scant food: rice and biscuits*a hand drawn map of an area "no one has ever visited before"*a radio powered by (what sounds like) a car battery*iodine tablets/water filter*rudimentary camping equipment: pots and pans, tarps, sleeping bags*a very basic first aid kitWould you *really* be surprised if things went badly? The author of the book plans a trip to the Amazon in order to photograph the rich wild life to be found. He is a professional photographer, recently divorced and struggling to get his career started. He doesn't leave behind contact information, dates, travel plans, or any other information that could help in the event of an emergency. He doesn't bring any food, antibiotics, or anti-malaria pills.The trip is planned so haphazardly, the participants so clueless and unskilled, that I was incredibly frustrated reading this true story. Adding to my frustration, the author, Kirkpatrick, wanders off into the Amazon, leaving his 3 small boys behind with his ex-wife, because God told him to go. No news on whether or not God was consulted on the packing list.Moreover, the author credits his survival not to the experience and persistence of his friend/guide, Ashuco, who gamely slashes through the underbrush cutting a path, builds fires, creates a raft, rescues the camera, finds the lost author several times, informs the author he's about to pick up a poison frog...but to God. If a horror movie started off with this premise, the audience would laugh it off the screen. There's even a man travelling with Kirkpatrick's group who is so afraid of drowning that he wears his life vest at all times...and cries for his mom.The food is lost the first day, but luckily for the author and his companions, they manage to stumble onto no less than 5 villages during their journey, where the tribes they meet offer them food, shelter, and guides. It's not "Lost in the Amazon" but "Deluded and Dangerous to Others in the Amazon".Three stars only because it made me feel like a competent adult, and I didn't know there were pink dolphins before I read this book.