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Amazon Adventure
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First US edition cover
Author Willard Price
Language English
Series Willard Price's Adventure series
Genre Young adult
Adventure novel
John Day (US)
Publication date
Followed by South Sea Adventure 

Amazon Adventure is a 1949 children's novel by the Canadian-born American author Willard Price featuring his "Adventure" series characters, Hal and Roger Hunt. It depicts an expedition to the Amazon River to capture animals for their father's wildlife collection business. Initially published by John Day in the US, the UK edition was published two years later by Jonathan Cape.


  • Terry- The smiling Irish pilot who flies the Hunts from Quito to the Jívaro village. Terry's plane is in terrible condition, and the flight almost ends in disaster on several occasions. Hal decides that "Lady Luck must love this man!"
  • Chief- The Chief of the Jívaro village is friendly towards the Hunts, and is eventually persuaded to sell them the mummified head of a warrior, for which John Hunt pays double the requested price. The Chief also organises for Napo to accompany the trio down the uncharted Pastaza River.
  • Napo - The Jivaro warrior who accompanies Hal, Roger and John Hunt down the first segment of the Pastaza River. The waterfall at which he turns back is consequently dubbed Napo Falls.
  • Aqua - A young Indian whom Hal employed at Iquitos, who is always willing to do more than he was asked to do. He was killed by the anaconda while bravely helping to capture it, and was buried at the foot of the tree where he gave his life.


  • "Shark" Sands- An unseen character, Sands is a rival animal collector. His nickname, "Shark," was given because he used to do some sharking in the South Seas. Reputedly, he narrowly escaped a murder charge in the Philippines, and has recently purchased the second-largest animal collection business, behind John Hunt's. Having little knowledge of wildlife, Hal suspects that Sands is using foul means to achieve success. It is believed that Sands started the fire that destroyed the Hunt property on Long Island, destroying his entire animal collection, forcing John Hunt to return home. Hal also suspects that Sands hired the man named Croc to sabotage their expedition. What ultimately happened to him is unknown.
  • Croc- Hal suspects that "Croc" was hired by the rival animal collector "Shark" Sands to sabotage their expedition. Hal nicknames him Croc because his teeth are "snaggled and discoloured like a crocodile's." Hal first notices Croc following him in Quito, and again sees him at Iquitos. When Croc's hired thugs are beheaded by Cocamas Indians, Hal decides to help him, and Croc steals their boat and deserts them, leaving them to die beside the Amazon River. By boarding a floating island of land, Hal and Roger eventually catch up with Croc, overpower him and lock him in the anaconda cage. On their arrival in Manaos, the police arrest Croc for robbery and incendiarism, and for the murder of twelve Indians.
  • Banco- A 'caboclo,' or a mixture of Indian and Portuguese, Banco is hired by Hal at Iquitos to help with capturing animals. A stubborn coward, Banco often does not do what he is told, and his foolish actions botch an attempt to capture a jaguar, resulting in the magnificent animal's death. Shortly after the brave Indian Aqua is killed by an anaconda, Banco convinces the other Indians to flee during the night with one of the boats.

Animals captured

Animals captured in Amazon Adventure
Species Name Details
Iguana Lured onto the boys' boat by Roger's singing
Anaconda The brave Indian Aqua was killed while attempting to capture this snake
Boa constrictor Several dozen baby boa constrictors were also acquired when the captured mother gave birth
Tapir Nosey Nosey's mother was shot down while attacking the Hunts' camp
Vampire bat Vamp Roger is given the task of regularly providing fresh blood for the bat, usually from a capybara
Marmoset Specs
Jabiru Stilts Captured when it tried to raid the boys' fish stocks.
Wood ibis This bird was eaten when an anaconda boarded the boat and smashed open the cage
Basilisk The enthusiastic Indian Aqua captured this lizard
Electric eel Was captured while the boys were on the floating island. The electric eel is used to overpower Croc once they catch up with their boat
Giant anteater One giant anteater was killed during a capture attempt, but a second was captured safely
Amazon deer Was used as bait to lure the anaconda, but survived the ordeal
Two jaguars Includes one very rare black jaguar, which was captured using "bird-lime."
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