Roosevelt's Beast

Roosevelt's Beast

Louis Bayard / Oct 15, 2019

Roosevelt s Beast A reimagining of Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt s ill fated expedition a psychological twist on the smart historical thriller that first put Louis Bayard on the map Brazil s Rio da D vida the Ri

  • Title: Roosevelt's Beast
  • Author: Louis Bayard
  • ISBN: 9780805090703
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A reimagining of Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt s ill fated 1914 expedition a psychological twist on the smart historical thriller that first put Louis Bayard on the map1914 Brazil s Rio da D vida, the River of Doubt Plagued by hunger and suffering the lingering effects of malaria, Theodore Roosevelt, his son Kermit, and the other members of the now ravaged Roosevelt A reimagining of Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt s ill fated 1914 expedition a psychological twist on the smart historical thriller that first put Louis Bayard on the map1914 Brazil s Rio da D vida, the River of Doubt Plagued by hunger and suffering the lingering effects of malaria, Theodore Roosevelt, his son Kermit, and the other members of the now ravaged Roosevelt Rondon scientific expedition are traveling deeper and deeper into the jungle When Kermit and Teddy are kidnapped by a never before seen ian tribe, the great hunters are asked one thing in exchange for their freedom find and kill a beast that leaves no tracks and that no member of the tribe has ever seen But what are the origins of this beast, and how do they escape its brutal wrath Roosevelt s Beast is a story of the impossible things that become possible when civilization is miles away, when the mind plays tricks on itself, and when old family secrets refuse to stay buried With his characteristically rich storytelling and a touch of old fashioned horror, the bestselling and critically acclaimed Louis Bayard turns the story of the well known Roosevelt Rondon expedition on its head and dares to ask Are the beasts among us frightening than the beasts within

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    1. Rating: 4.5* of fiveThe Publisher Says: 1914. Brazil’s Rio da Dúvida, the River of Doubt. Plagued by hunger and suffering the lingering effects of malaria, Theodore Roosevelt, his son Kermit, and the other members of the now-ravaged Roosevelt-Rondon scientific expedition are traveling deeper and deeper into the jungle. When Kermit and Teddy are kidnapped by a never-before-seen ian tribe, the great hunters are asked one thing in exchange for their freedom: find and kill a beast that leaves no [...]


    2. Really two and a half stars. Readers looking for an adventure novel or a story about a cryptid might be disappointed. This book is more literary fiction than adventure novel. The emphasis is on the relationship between Kermit Roosevelt and his father Teddy, more than on The Beast. In a way, the story reminded me of The Terror by Dan Simmons, but I didn't think it was as well written. An ok read, but nothing special.


    3. Disclosure: I received an ARC for review.There are some minor spoilers, so do not read if you have not read the book yet.I like the genre of historical fiction, so I was intrigued by the concept.Overall it worked. I enjoyed a recounting of the expedition and it's troubles. The author managed to work in the story within the context of real events without making too many implausible changes to real events. I knew very little of the trip so I had plenty of suspense about the fate of the expedition. [...]


    4. See, this is why I haven't written a novel. Okay, maybe it's only part of why. But *you* read this first line, and tell me that doesn't make every beginning you've ever jotted down seem a littleadequate. I thoroughly enjoyed this. I have similarly enjoyed other fictionalized historical accounts, like Dan Simmon's the Terror, so maybe I have a soft spot for this, but if this is genre fiction, it is of the highest quality, plumbing the depths of family, responsibility, and destiny in a way few nov [...]


    5. Offering an intriguing twist to the history of the 1914 Roosevelt-Rondon expedition to Brazil’s Rio da Duvida, “Roosevelt’s Beast” by Louis Bayard presents a disturbing story that is rich in atmospheric suspense. It is, in Bayard’s own words, “a psychological fantasy built out of historic events,” and the very setting—the River of Doubt—lends itself to the mythological feel of the work. While featuring the inimitable Theodore Roosevelt, the story’s main protagonist is his sol [...]


    6. Let me start out by saying that Roosevelt’s Beast by Louis Bayard is a very good book. It‘s both smart and wise, and taut and tense, a well-researched novel that is both a work of literature and a solid thriller. So why didn’t I give it more stars?I am a huge fan of Mr. Bayard, and have been reading him since his first book. In particular I would suggest The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy, two novels cut from the same cloth as Roosevelt’s Beast. Also, Theodore Roosevelt is one of my true [...]


    7. This is the third book I've read by Louis Bayard. The first was "The School of Night" and it was good, an interesting take on historical/conspiracy/thrillers. The second was "The Pale Blue Eye" which I liked even better than "Night." It's hard for me to separate "Roosevelt's Beast" from those first two, as I've read them recently. It's also hard to separate "Beast" from Dan Simmons' spectacular "The Terror" or from Micheal Crichton's "Congo" which I don't think has aged very well. Anyway, back t [...]


    8. This is a fairly weird mixture of historical fiction and psychological horror (with a touch of adventure thrown in), but it worked for me and I really enjoyed it. Bayard does a really impressive job of keeping both Theodore Roosevelt and his son, Kermit, feeling true to their historical selves even while in these purely imagined situations. Good for Roosevelt or historical fiction fans looking for something different to try.


    9. I had high hopes for this. The premise seemed really interesting but alas the story didn't deliver. Kind of corny and slow going.


    10. This book gives me nothing of what I want. It drives me to tears and in the end nothing is resolved as I would like it to be.


    11. Title - Roosevelt's BeastAuthor - Louis BayardSummary -It is 1914, along Brazil's River of Doubt, a band of explorers travel deep into the . In the party are a father and son of one of America's most powerful families. Theodore Roosevelt and his son Kermit. But the Roosevelt's become detached from the rest of the group and with Theodore injured, it falls to Kermit to rescue them. Kermit who is plagued with self doubts and an overriding sense of failure must now care for and save his larger than [...]


    12. "A reimagining of Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt’s ill-fated 1914 expedition—a psychological twist on the smart historical thriller that first put Louis Bayard on the map1914. Brazil’s Rio da Dúvida, the River of Doubt. Plagued by hunger and suffering the lingering effects of malaria, Theodore Roosevelt, his son Kermit, and the other members of the now-ravaged Roosevelt-Rondon scientific expedition are travelling deeper and deeper into the jungle. When Kermit and Teddy are kidnapped by a nev [...]


    13. I like Bayard's work, so I was excited to try this one out. It was enjoyable, but a little strange. It makes me want to pick up Candice Millard's The River of Doubt for a look at the factual expedition.The relationship between T.R. and his son, Kermit, is one of the best parts of the novel; their story, including their family history, is well-drawn, and their characters seem natural, though I wanted more of the two of them interacting. The hunt for, and subsequent revelation of, the Beast is les [...]


    14. Bayard's strengths and weaknesses both shine through in this historical fiction/horror/mystery novel. This book's strength is that it hurdles on and on like a boulder down a mountainside. It is fast-paced without lacking visuals. However, I sometimes felt like I was watching a movie, and not an especially high budget one at that. There was a transparent formula to the plot and while there was plenty of action, there weren't a lot of surprises. Everything in this book has been done before, countl [...]


    15. I have read several of Bayard's other books, and loved all of them. Unfortunately, this one did not work for me.I am not exactly able to put my finger on why I didn't connect to this. Maybe the jungles are not a good setting for me, I wasn't all that thrilled by descriptions of insects and malaria and deadly rapids [my reaction to all of those was basically: "yuck!"]. Maybe the Roosevelts [Teddy and his son Kermit] weren't as interesting as I expected they would be. The portion of the book I rea [...]


    16. I received this book for free through LibraryThing's Early Reveiwers Giveaway. Thank you very much! It is a great book!I have never read any books by Louis Bayard before and I was certainly impressed by this book and his writing style. What I found most intriguing about this novel is that he used real, historical people and events to weave a fictionalized, psychological story adventure. The character of Colonel Theodore Roosevelt was by far my favorite character. He was just so darn likeable tha [...]


    17. I went into this book with a bit of trepidation as I knew it was a fantasy-horror re-imagining of Roosevelt's excursion and neither fantasy nor horror are genres I usually read. However, I had heard much praise of Bayard's writing and decided to give it a try. Boy am I glad I did! Roosevelt's Beast is a wonderfully written engaging story that was hard to put down. Narrated by Kermit Roosevelt it interweaves the story of the expedition (including Bayard's incorporation of a kidnapping and beast) [...]


    18. Once more Bayard works his magic taking a real event and creating a fictionalized spin to it all his own. For those not familiar with Louis Bayard, you have been missing a true talent in historical fiction. His plot lines are tight and swift. His characters more believable than real life, and his over all writing style is superior to most in his craft. This tale of Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt's 1914 odyssey on The River of Doubt is a masterful mix of adventure and horror with some family history [...]


    19. Atmosphere, characterization are really well done. But I wish the supernatural stuff made more sense. It lacked coherence even within the imaginings of the novel. Is the beast a horrific manifestation of one persons psychological disturbance, or is it real? The evidence goes both ways, and sorry but that just disturbs me. I like horror to have a certain logic to it. Kermit and especially TR really come alive as characters, so bravo to the author for that.


    20. Bayard is a wonderful writer, and this contains many well-written passages. Even the fantastic plot was creative. However, I got the feeling around 2/3 of the way through that he had run out of story and moved into overdrive to get to the end. Purple prose abounded. Not his best, but better than most.


    21. This was truly amazing. A horror twist on the great Roosevelt expedition on the the book really brings you into the world of a rainforest populated by savages, a world in which civilized men brave all odds to explore and encounter evil beyond which they have ever known. Well imagined, atmospheric and beautifully done. I loved this book!


    22. I enjoyed some of the book and the authors writing style. I did not enjoy the depth of the supernatural portion of the story. I kept waiting for Kermit to wake up and it to have all been a dream. I have read The River of Doubt, the nonfiction version of the expedition and loved it.This one? Not so much.


    23. 2 1/2 stars. Easy/quick read, but a bit too supernatural for me for this type of story. I have nothing against fantasy and paranormal genres, but this didn't seem to fit in the adventure category of the Roosevelts traveling down an uncharted river in the .


    24. I wish the author had written a slightly more realistic fiction account of the Roosevelt trip. The real story was harrowing enough. Kermit was a fascinating counterpoint to his father. I could have done without all of the skin peeling and fantasy gore.


    25. Perhaps I'm biased since Louis Bayard is from my hometown, but his writing simply amazes me. When reading his books, I spend half the time immersed in the story and the other half wishing I could write like that.


    26. A great read to learn more about Kermit Roosevelt and his famous father. Together they travel thru the wilds of Brazil meeting hardship, unknown tribes, and dangerous turns. A mix of the real and the beasts that torture.



    27. This was an easy read, and I liked it a lot. I'll be interested to look further into Kermit Roosevelt. Always got a kick out of Teddy. It's kind of creepy, about the Beastie, and all that.


    28. Exquisite writing but very complex. I suggest that readers do some research on the Roosevelt family before or while reading Bayard's book.


    29. This novel covers some of the same ground (water) as Candice Millard’s “River of Doubt," but with a major detour. Following his loss in the presidential election of 1912, Theodore Roosevelt and son, Kermit have gone to the deepest jungles of Brazil as the first men to scientifically explore and map the uncharted Rio da Dúvida.  Fighting malaria, deadly rapids, mosquitoes, infections and fear of the unknown, well that’s not dangerous enough for the larger than life TR.  At one campsite, [...]


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