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Rumors of Savages [Kindle Edition]

Carrie Regan
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Book Description

It seemed the perfect stunt to save the ailing Adventure Channel. When a famed anthropologist disappears in the middle of a formidable African jungle while searching for a legendary--and reportedly bloodthirsty--"lost tribe," fading star Max Carrington and his bumbling television crew swiftly set off to find him. Their goal: bring him back, alive or dead, documenting every moment along the way for a blockbuster television event. Back home, their dramatic live video dispatches from the middle of the jungle swiftly become the media sensation of the moment. But when members of the crew start disappearing as well, they realize too late that much more than the network's fortunes are at risk...

Editorial Reviews


Before The River (2012) there was Rumors of Savages (2009).  If you liked the TV series, you'll love the book!

Looking for a great summer read--a page-turner that will keep you awake at night, dying to find out what happens next...a fun summer beach book or thriller to devour poolside?
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From the Author

This book was inspired by my experiences working on documentaries  around the world for National Geographic Television.  Having served in the Peace Corps in West Africa, I was a natural pick for the more rugged projects that involved trekking into distant parts of Africa, camping in the middle of the jungle, and even chasing man-eating predators.

Many of the experiences described in the book actually took place--from the small details, like waking up in the middle of the night to spooky sounds outside my tent and a desperately full bladder, to getting lost in the middle of the jungle.  While no one fortunately disappeared in the middle of any of these productions, we did often find ourselves questioning the wisdom of executives who were dictating moves from the comfort of their homes and offices back in the US, wondering if we were putting ourselves in compromising situations for the sake of a more dramatic story line.

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  • File Size: 636 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X6P56Q
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Savage Satire of Ratings-Driven Adventure Television January 21, 2012
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Carrie Regan's "Rumors of Savages" is a wickedly funny, fast-paced depiction of a journalistic quest to find a tribe of savage headhunters in the depths of the African jungles. Once I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down, howling my way through page after page. I've always found the old adage to be true that the best writing is grounded in personal experience. And as the action of this book cuts back and forth between the depths of the jungle and news headquarters in New York, Regan brings the full breadth of her experience as an intrepid television producer and later as a news executive to bear, bringing the story to life in vivid and credible detail. As a nonfiction author writing about uncontacted tribes in the Amazon, I confess to feeling mounting trepidation as I entered the world Regan so convincingly creates. Damn, I thought, why can't I write like this? And why can't I be just one-tenth as funny? News hounds and armchair adventures will be especially delighted, but anyone who appreciates a good read will enjoy this book. Bravissimo, Ms. Regan! I'm looking forward to the next.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two words: AWE SOME! March 29, 2010
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With our society so enamored with the "reality" of Reality TV, this book sheds light on the madness behind the machine. The personalities are so real, but what's more - even though the book is labeled "fiction," the STORY seems so plausible. THAT made it impossible to put down.

I concur with the other reviewers here, who say everything that should be said. Carrie Regan has written a fun, thrilling, humorous, aggravating, romantic and engaging story and, now with this book behind her, I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

Buy this book - and get ready to be drawn'll be glad you did!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner! April 24, 2011
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As someone who works in documentary television, I thoroughly enjoyed Regan's roller-coaster tale of a TV crew's mission to find a missing anthropologist...while of course documenting their every step to get the exclusive naval gazing inside story. With plot twists and turns that kept me on edge, and wry humor to boot, Rumors of Savages is one great read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read but some problems May 15, 2012
By L. Land
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This is a fun book with an interesting premise. I felt as though the author could have done more with the idea. The story had an omniscient point of view that jumped around a lot between characters and detracted from the story, keeping me from caring about any of the characters. There was also a point of view error where a character knows something he would have no way of knowing, which was an annoying lurch out of the fictional world, although it did not hurt the main storyline.

Some of the characters were stereotypical: for example, the greedy network exec, the insecure and driven female producer, the aging media star, and the author doesn't do much development beyond the cliches.

The book's ending and climax felt rushed and not well developed, otherwise I might have rated it higher. Overall, it was a fun story, and I would try another book from this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great premise ... disappointing read August 6, 2012
By Anu
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The book started off really well -- a great storyline, well established characters, and realistic interaction. But, as the action got underway, it was much like an action flick -- the characters moved through the scenes, stuff happened, but there didn't seem to be any real impact on the characters. So our long time partner and friend got lost in the jungle? We looked around for a bit & didn't find him. Eh. Maybe we'll run across him later. Maybe he got eaten by cannibals. Who really cares? If the characters themselves were more invested in the story, it would have been easier for me to care about what happened to them.

I was tempted to rate this as 3 stars, because it was decent for a kindle freebie ... but that's a pretty poor standard to judge a book by.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read into the night August 22, 2012
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Even though I have purchased hundreds of items from Amazon, this is my first review. Rumors of Savages arrived on a Friday night and was the best weekend read I've had in years. At the risk of being cliche in this review, it is truly the kind of book that when it is one o'clock in the morning you don't want to put it down because the suspense is just enough to keep turning the page- and then you realize the pace isn't going to let up and you just have to finish it. Great characters. I hope this author will give us more adventure tales.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise June 18, 2012
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When a famous scientist is lost in the deepest part of an African rain forest, the crew of a reality TV show sets off to find him. The crew is expecting to boost ratings for their declining show, but they are not expecting to put their lives on the line in order to make this happen.

I picked this book up as a freebie via Pixel of Ink because I was intruiged by the blurb. This could have been one of those books that go either way by either being really good or *really* bad. Luckily, it was really good.

One of the things I liked best about this book was the fact that the author knew what she was writing about. According to her web page, the author has not only worked with documentary crews before, she has also traveled extensively. She knows her stuff, and that comes through in the book. When I read this, I felt as though I was really learning something about the continent of Africa and the workings of an overseas film crew. I loved that! This was an author with expertise that I could trust. The only problem I had was that once or twice I did feel as though I was being lectured (about the role of missionaries in foreign countries, or the problems with mining.)

I also really enjoyed the characters. There was a rather large cast, and the book did jump from one place to another, but it was easy to keep each character in my mind because they were all so unique. I got to know each of them, and they all seemed like individuals. The romance (which was not a huge part of the story) worked well for me, as did the motivations of the other crew members. I also really enjoyed reading about the producer who was safe and sound back home in New York City while his crew suffered on location. One thing that I didn't care for, however, was the 'head hopping'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good premise
Interesting story in spite of a weak ending. Got off to a fast start but seemed to run out of steam in the end.
Published 1 month ago by Mary L. Kleist
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, funny, nerve-wracking and adventuresome
This is a fun, fun read. I loved every second of the read. It was at once compelling, funny, nerve-wracking and adventuresome and I couldn't wait to find out what happened at the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. Feld
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected but worthwhile
Rumors of Savages is billed as a supernatural thriller. While I could have used more of the supernatural, the story was decent, well thought out and the characters were engaging.
Published 10 months ago by Rebecca Marin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure story
I really enjoyed this exciting adventure story. I could hardly put it down. I hope Ms. Regan writes a sequel to the book for another Liz and AJ adventure, perhaps in Central or... Read more
Published 11 months ago by ahammerquilts
4.0 out of 5 stars A book with an ending...
The story itself was fine...not great...but I enjoyed it for the most part. I give it 3 stars, average. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure with Sidebar about Reality TV
This is a great adventure novel! The pacing is great and the action and characters will keep your attention from the first page until the last. Read more
Published 12 months ago by DaveReadsALot
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Story
I read this novel in only a couple of sittings. This story of greed, survival and priorities, although not new themes, is tied together in the author's style with just enough... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brenda K Specht
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
A fantasy buy a lot of fun. Twists and turns that kept the interest up, with surprises that were not expected.
Published 17 months ago by Ed G
5.0 out of 5 stars As entertaining as it is enlightening
I found this book to be an all around thriller peppered with comedy and drama. Makes for one enticing course. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Filipe
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written adventure story
Straight from the adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs!
A tense adventure in darkest Central Africa, driven by greedy and unscrupulous TV networks and an unexpected... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mara
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More About the Author

Rumors of Savages was inspired by Carrie Regan's own adventures working on documentaries for National Geographic Television. Over the course of a decade, she trekked into distant African jungles to track chimps with Jane Goodall, searched for monster pythons in the Congo, camped in the Sahara and on the flanks of an active Guatemalan volcano, and helped locate the "Afghan Girl," subject of the famous National Geographic Magazine cover.

She's also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa and volunteer park ranger. A fitness buff, Carrie teaches indoor cycling in her spare time and is a recreational triathlete who's completed numerous races up to marathon and Ironman distance.

Carrie currently lives in Knoxville, TN and can be reached via

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