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Who is going to stop

the wanton destruction

of the Amazon rainforest?

Desperate times call for desperate measures.
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When laws are ignored and governments corrupt, what can be done to save

the rainforest and the planet? 

DESPERATE MEASURES is a novel for those fed up with corporate greenwashing, UN resolutions that fail to be delivered, the continuing destruction of the Amazon rainforest, and the massacre of Indigenous people. Corruption and greed are at the heart of over 10,000 acres of rainforest being burned and destroyed every day.

“Desperate Measures is hard to put down. The vast rainforest of the Amazon basin is vitally important for our survival. Desperate measures are needed to ensure its survival. This is a truly brilliant book.”

Ben Goldsmith, Chief Executive, Menhaden Plc.

“In his fast-paced and exciting book, John Childress manages to tell a gripping story while exposing the dynamics of tropical deforestation. The struggle over control over the world’s tropical forests creates heroes and villains and which prevail will determine the fate of our planet.”

—Eric Bettelheim, Conservation Entrepreneur

DESPERATE MEASURES blends reality with a compelling fictional story about a group of misfits with the vision, ambition, technology, financial backing, and courage, along with the support of a beautiful Indigenous female lawyer, to expose high-level government corruption, illegal logging, and shut down a ruthless cocaine  syndicate.


DESPERATE MEASURES is designed to entertain, educate and provoke greater awareness and a more proactive approach from the outside world. At the same time, it is intended to provide hope and support to those currently fighting against illegal and excessive deforestation of the Amazon.

The situation facing the Amazon depicted in DESPERATE MEASURES, and the plight of Bolivian rainforests is grounded in fact and the result of countless reports from scientific institutions, NGOs, Indigenous tribes, and the author’s own travels.

The story is fictional but entirely plausible. Its message is one we cannot afford to ignore. 

"There is just one hope of repulsing the tyrannical ambition of civilization to conquer every niche on the whole earth. That hope is the organization of spirited people who will fight for the freedom of the wilderness."

~Bob Marshall, Co-founder of The Wilderness Society

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