Jeremy Wade, biologist and fishing detective, has spent twenty-five years exploring our planet’s remotest rivers and lakes, hunting for monster-sized fish. It has become an obsession for him—and for his millions of viewers.
Animal Planet’s wildly popular television series RIVER MONSTERS goes where no wildlife program has gone before, revealing the creatures that lurk in the murky depths of inland waterways. Now, in his new book RIVER MONSTERS, host Jeremy Wade goes truly beneath the surface, disclosing full details of how he tracks down and catches each species while also recounting the off-camera highlights of his extraordinary life. From his arrest as a suspected spy in Southeast Asia to a plane crash in the Amazon, every page of RIVER MONSTERS is packed with adventure. Each chapter unfolds an enthralling detective story, where fishermen’s tales of underwater man-eaters and aquatic killers are subjected to scientific scrutiny.
Follow Wade step-by-step as he closes in on his prey and separates fact from fiction. From the heart of the Congo, where he wrestles with supernatural goliath tigerfish, to the depths of the Amazon, where the most feared creature is one that could fit in your palm, the results are fish of staggering proportions and terrifying demeanor. Wade also reveals monsters from upcoming episodes, including deadly electric eels, a giant described as a cross between a shark and a chainsaw, and a snake-like beast that truly is the stuff of legend.
In the tradition of the most gripping adventure writing, Wade’s exhilarating stories reveal that there’s more to this world than what’s visible on the surface. RIVER MONSTERS explores the real mysteries that still exist, capturing the story of one man’s obsession—and his relentless pursuit of the truth. A riveting read for fans of the show, fishing enthusiasts and armchair adventurers alike, RIVER MONSTERS is not to be missed.
“This book is a series of investigations into the murky world of fisherman’s tales. The tales are of river monsters that are frighteningly large or dangerous—or both. Fish that swallow men whole, others that eat them from within, and others that pack a killer punch. And the truth, though elusive and sometimes complex, is often every bit as unbelievable as the myth.”