The Adventurer's Son

The Adventurer's Son

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"I’m planning on doing 4 days in the jungle. . . . It should be difficult to get lost forever": These were the haunting last words legendary adventurer Roman Dial received from his son, before the 27-year old disappeared into the jungles of Costa Rica. This is Dial’s intensely gripping and deeply moving account of his two-year quest to unravel the mystery of his son’s fate.

In the predawn hours of July 10, 2014, twenty-seven-year-old Cody Roman Dial, the son of preeminent Alaskan scientist and National Geographic Explorer Roman Dial, walked alone into Corcovado National Park, an untracked rainforest along Costa Rica’s remote Pacific Coast that shelters miners, poachers, and drug smugglers. He carried a light backpack and machete. Before he left, he emailed his father: "I am not sure how long it will take me, but I’m planning on doing 4 days in the jungle and a day to walk out. I’ll be bounded by a trail to the west and the coast everywhere else, so it should be difficult to get lost forever."

They were the last words Dial received from his son.

The Adventurer’s Son recreates the author’s two-year quest to learn the truth about his child’s disappearance. Immediately after Cody Roman’s planned departure date passed without a word from him, Dial set off for Costa Rica. As he trekked through the dense jungle, interviewing locals and searching for clues—the authorities suspected murder—the desperate father was forced to confront the deepest questions about his own life. Roman had raised his son to be fearless, to seek out adventure amid earth’s wildest places. Was he ultimately responsible for his son’s fate?

A harrowing story of drama, adventure, and a father’s love for his son, set in the most beautiful and dangerous reaches of the planet, The Adventurer’s Son is a mystery, the memoir of a father and his son, and an unforgettable story of love and profound loss.

The Adventurer’s Son includes 25 color photographs.

Title:The Adventurer's Son
ISBN:9780062876607
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    The Adventurer's Son Reviews

  • Alison

    I was interested in this book because I love Krakauer (who blurbed it and I guess helped edit) and part of the reason I love Krakauer is because my brother is an outdoorsman/risk taker/adventurer type...

  • Diane S ?

    As a parent raising five sons, I often wondered how to find the balance for the adventurous things they wanted to do and the safety that for myself was paramount. It was definitely a struggle. The aut...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Audiobook....read by Fred Sanders ( an excellent narrator)....easy connecting to his voice, clear and very precise. Much about this book appealed to me.....and ‘not’ just the ‘grab-ya-by-the-thr...

  • Carol

    This is a book that will stay with me, one that I will look back on over the years. It will be placed on my favorite read shelf in my mind. It is one of those books that is very personal to the reader...

  • Kathryn in FL

    1/5/2020 UpdateThank you goodreads for dumping my 10 paragraph essay, analyzing the numerous insights offered in this book. I only spent nearly two hours writing out the salient points and you didn't ...

  • Beth Cataldo

    This story had grabbed me when I read about it online. I have traveled to Corcovado National Park and was curious about what happened to this adventurous young man. While reading this book, though, I ...

  • M. Sarki

    After trudging through 25% of this highly anticipated book, with all the great blurbs by peers such as Jon Krakauer, I had to quit reading it. The backstory Dial was providing was all about Dial and h...

  • Sharon Huether

    Roman " Cody" Dial grew up in a family that loved adventure. He often accompanied his father on hiking trips and exploring.When Roman "Cody" was twenty seven he wanted to explore the jungles of Costa ...

  • Joy D

    Biologist, explorer, and adventurer Roman Dial’s memoir of his search for his son, Cody Roman, age 27, who went missing in the jungles of Costa Rica in 2014. Cody Roman had embarked on a solo trek t...

  • Truman32

    In his new memoir, The Adventurer’s Son, Roman Dial writes about his son’s 2014 disappearance in the untamed rainforest of Costa Rico. Roman is an Alaskan biologist, mountaineer, and overall fan o...