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Under the Andes

Rex Stout

Book Overview: 

Under the Andes was written by Rex Stout years whose knack for weaving a fantastic tale of mystery and adventure will have most readers anxious for the next phase of adventure at every turn. The story finds two brothers and a pretty female companion on a journey which eventually takes them to a series of underground caves under the Andes of South America, where they encounter a lost tribe of Incas who have apparently survived hundreds of years oblivious of the outside world. The apparent 'king' of the tribe has become infatuated with the fair-skinned female intruder of the group and, well, suffice it to say there's a lot of action, attempted escapes, heroism, and peculiar interactions between all, reminiscent of H. Rider Haggard with a touch of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .On the one side, nameless dangers; on the other, the unseen, bottomless lake; enough, surely, to take a man's nerve. My fear for Harry killed anxiety on my own account. We kept continually calling:

"Harry!"

"Yes."

"Steady."

"Yes. I'm coming along. I say, we're closer, Paul."

I hesitated to agree with him, but finally there was no longer any doubt of it. His voice began to reach me almost in natural tones, which meant that we were near enough for the vibrations to carry without interference from the walls.

Nearer still it came; it was now only a matter of a few feet; Harry gave a cry of joy, and immediately afterward I heard his low gasp of terror and the sound of his wild scrambling to regain a foothold. In his excitement he had forgotten caution and had slipped to the edge of the water.

I dared not try to go to his assistance; so I crouched perfectly still and called to h. . . Read More

Community Reviews

An interesting book; not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting something along the lines of an Edgar Rice Burroughs story, but (and I'm not sure why exactly) this reminded me more of H. Rider Haggard.

The story starts off a little slowly, giving us ample time to get to know the characters....more

As early Rex Stout (of Nero Wolfe fame), it's a solid, "workmanlike" story, although repetitive.

In the action/adventure vein of "King Solomon's Mines" or "Journey to the Center of the Earth," "Under the Andes" features the obligatory female love interest who really doesn't do much more than get...more

One of the weirder little books I've ever read. Three intrepid wanderers wind up falling down a hole in a mountain cavern and are captured--after a lot of wandering around through the dark--by the degenerate Incas, who voluntarily went underground to escape Pizarro and his greedy Spanish hoards....more

Early Rex Stout taking on a lost world tale popular at the time, You can see Nero Wolfe in Paul and Archie in Harry. Desiree is on Cramer. Mildly amusing with a dump truck load of Deex ex machina 2.5 stars.

As has been established by previous reviews, UNDER THE ANDES is completely dissimilar to Rex Stout's more familiar work. My own interest in it stems from my affection for the much-later Nero Wolfe stories. Taken on its own merits, UNDER THE ANDES is a reasonably well-written thriller about three...more

Pretty well written for its genre (especially) and era, 1913/1914. Not meant for those who would be disappointed that it's not Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin or one of the other detective tales. It's an old-fashioned, rip-roaring adventure tale of a "lost race" of undersized Inca living in underground...more

Novel is more of a fantasy adventure than a mystery. At times the story can be bogged down with too many details, even if it does aid you to visualized the characters, the surroundings and their physical perils.

H. Rider Haggard style adventure which put me in mind of The People of the Mist, though I didn't like it nearly as well. However, I'm always up for hidden lands adventures and this was quite enjoyable in its way.

This is Stout's second published novel, some 20 years before Nero Wolfe came into the world. This is a lost race story similar in tone to what H. Rider Haggard was writing at the time. Stout had a good idea, but got mired down by derivative writing. The action really didn't get started until at l...more

This strange story is not very exciting, I thought it would be. The characters and events are definitely not exciting, the plot could have been better.
This review is also not exciting...more

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